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Entry Level Manufacturing Skills Foundry Training Class to Graduate, Friday, August 8th

On Friday, August 8th WRTP/BIG STEP in partnership with MAWIB will honor 19 graduates from the Mayor's Manufacturing Partnership.

By - Aug 7th, 2014 02:05 pm

August 7, 2014 (Milwaukee, WI) – On Friday, August 8th WRTP/BIG STEP (Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership) in partnership with MAWIB (Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board) will honor 19 graduates from the Mayor’s Manufacturing Partnership (MMP) and receive certificates for successfully completing the Entry Level Manufacturing Skills Foundry Training Class. The MMP ensures employer needs are being met on a regional basis by developing employer-driven customized trainings.

The Class of 2014 Entry Level Manufacturing Skills Foundry Training Class will be recognized in an informal ceremony including community partners, industry and labor leaders at MAWIB (Milwaukee Area Investment Board) on Friday, August 8th at 3pm. MAWIB is located at 2338 N 27th Street.  Program partners will also be recognized including Stainless Foundry and Engineering, Inc. and Waukesha County Technical College.

The ceremony will include Mayor Tom Barrett and Earl Buford, recently appointed President and CEO of MAWIB, as well as Jim Stachowiak, VP of Operations for Stainless Foundry & Engineering, Inc., Joe Nicosia and Bob Novak of WRTP, and Mark Kessenich, recently named Interim President & CEO of WRTP/BIG STEP.  A brief reception will follow.

WRTP/BIG STEP and MAWIB have been longtime partners working together to strengthen area workforce development efforts including manufacturing-a cornerstone of the regional economy seeing a recent upswing. The key to sustaining this growth is through a robust and qualified workforce. WRTP/BIG STEP’s program model invests in training, and in building strong partnerships with community partners, industry and labor leaders.  This emphasis allows participants to graduate training programs like the Mayor’s Manufacturing Partnership and its Entry Level Manufacturing Skills Foundry Training Class with the qualifications and skill-sets to secure life-sustaining careers in manufacturing.

About WRTP/BIG STEP

About Wisconsin Regional Training Program:
THE NEW MODEL FOR WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
WRTP/BIG STEP is Industry Led, Worker-Centered and Community Focused. Our mission is to enhance the ability of public and private sector organizations to recruit and develop a more diverse, qualified workforce in construction, manufacturing and emerging industry sectors of the regional economy. In 2013, WRTP/BIG STEP exceeded their workforce goals by serving 1862 individuals, placing 743 into careers with an average hourly wage of $17.00.

About Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board
MAWIB is a public/private partnership between government and business that plans, administers and coordinates employment and training programs for adults and youth in Milwaukee County. As a workforce development board, MAWIB creates and manages a focused education, training and employment system that involves local educators, prospective training operators, area employers, job seekers and employees.

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