The Washington County Workforce Alliance and the United Way of Washington County hosted an executive breakfast meeting on October 3 at the West Bend Mutual Insurance Prairie Center to introduce business leaders to INSPIRE Washington County. The event was attended by more than 100 business people who heartily endorsed the program as a key part of the solution for the talent shortage that exists in Wisconsin.

Pictured above left to right: Daren Sievers, Slinger School District; Pete Rettler, Moraine Park Technical College; Nikki Kiss, Inspire Washington County; Sarah Malchow, United Way of Washington County; Jim Smasal, Kewaskum School District; Jon Duhr, Hartford Union High School District; Erik Olson, West Bend School District.

The program is designed to give students in grades 6-12 an opportunity to research career opportunities by connecting them with businesses in Washington County and SE Wisconsin.  Beginning this year, all Wisconsin public school students in Middle and High School must prepare an Academic and Career Plan (ACP). Developing a plan which is shared with parents, will allow them to discover individual skills and aptitudes and connect them with possible employment and career options.

Additionally, through INSPIRE they can connect with “career coaches” at various companies who can advise them on educational requirements, skill requirements and host them for tours, job shadowing and sponsor them for apprenticeships or internships at local employers.

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