Across the U.S., the talent wars are being won by states that invest resources in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and have workforces with strong STEM capabilities. It’s encouraging news, then, that the number of graduates from Wisconsin technical colleges’ and universities’ STEM programs has been rising in recent years, both at the bachelor’s and at the advanced degree level.

The marked progress Wisconsin has made in this area in the past five years bodes well for our employers. Wisconsin has a number of key industries that depend on having a solid supply of talent with training in the STEM disciplines. With a healthier talent pipeline, our companies will have an easier time finding the skilled labor they need. We can also expect the existence of this skilled and highly educated labor pool to draw new companies to our state.

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