The Employment and
Institute prepares technical assistance studies on job opportunities and
priorities for new labor force entrants based on findings from its
annual job openings surveys of employers in the Milwaukee Region.
reports have been used by the U.S. Department of Labor (for the planned
Milwaukee Job Corps center) and Milwaukee Area Technical College to
develop new training programs to meet changing needs of local employers.
Learning About the Welding Job Market in the Southeast Wisconsin
Region, prepared for the WOW Workforce Development Inc. and the
Regional Training Alliance, 2008
(Details regional demand for welders based on a targeted welder
survey of fabricated metal product manufacturing firms and other large
manufacturing employers; outlines training opportunities at Gateway
Technical College, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Moraine Park
Technical College, and Waukesha County Technical College). See also,
Assessing Demand and Training for Welders in Southeast Wisconsin
Opportunities for Milwaukee Youth Entering the Labor Force: Skill and
Training Needs of Employers in the Milwaukee Metro Area, prepared for
the Milwaukee Job Corps, 2006.
(Levels of job demand and training requirements for nursing assistants,
health aides, health technicians, registered nurses, CNC operators,
machine operators, assemblers, welders, and computer specialists; computer
skills and driver's license required for openings in all career
Drill Down of Training Needs in the Milwaukee Metro Area, prepared for
Milwaukee Area Technical College, 2006.
(Detailed analysis of current job openings and training requirements in
computer fields, health, manufacturing, clerking and administrative
support, and service work.)
New Careers for Information Processing Workers in the Health
Fields, prepared for MATC, 2006.
(Discussion of an emerging occupation in health industries for workers
with "hybrid skills," including a mix of clerical, computer,
communication, and interpersonal skills along with an understanding of
medical terminology and procedures.)
Follow-Up Research on Employment and Earnings
The Employment and Training Institute conducted employment and earnings
follow-up studies of graduates of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
and MATC by department and by
sending MPS high school to determine the employment and earnings of
graduates by degree and program area. Findings reports by MPS high school
reviewed by school counselors and teachers. Summaries of the research are
Models of School-to-Work
Curriculum for High School and Middle School
UWM and the Wisconsin Economy, 2000.
(UWM shows a "brain gain" rather than "brain drain," with 89% of
graduates from in-state high schools remaining in Wisconsin and 74% of
graduates from out-of-state high schools continuing to work in Wisconsin
MATC Advantages for Filling Demand for High School/High Tech
(One of 5 workers in the Milwaukee metro area has taken coursework at
MATC, and 98% of MATC graduates remain in Wisconsin.)
Follow-Up Study of Milwaukee Public School Students Graduating from
Milwaukee Area Technical College, 1993-1998
(Almost 1 of every 3 MATC graduates were from MPS high schools.
Highest earnings were seen for graduates in tool and die making, fire
science, apprenticeships, and microcomputer specialties.)
Follow-Up Study of Milwaukee Public School Students Graduating from the
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: 1989-1998, 2000.
(1 of every 10 UWM graduates were from MPS high schools. Most
popular fields of study were accounting, criminal justice, finance, and
economics for males and education, nursing, social work,
accounting, and criminal justice for females.)
and Education Experiences of Milwaukee Public Schools Graduates: A
Follow-Up Study of the Class of 1999, 2000.
(Half of the MPS graduates were enrolled in postsecondary education
and the majority of these, 60% of the males and 62% of the females, also
jobs. 7% of MPS male graduates and 2% of the females enlisted in the
The Employment and Training Institute collaborated
and students at Milwaukee Public Schools and Milwaukee Area Technical
College to produce a series of booklets on school-to-work career planning,
labor market information collected from the ETI annual job vacancies
surveys of employers in the four-county area. Two of
the three booklets were printed by MATC students in the associate degree
materials were distributed to classes throughout MPS middle and high
schools, and ETI staff trained MPS counselors in use of the curriculum
materials and labor market resources.
School District Planning - Education for Employment
About the Future: Job Opportunities in the Milwaukee Labor Market,
(payoff for more education, businesses hiring workers, creating your
own job, planning transportation to jobs, using the internet to look for
jobs, the part-time job market, securing a work permit, work skills you
can gain in school and volunteer work)
To assist Hmong students and their families, this booklet was
into Hmong and distributed to students and parents by MPS and
About the Future: High Demand Jobs in Technical Fields Requiring 1-2 Years
of College, 1999.
(Milwaukee area job openings and wages for medical assistant, nursing
landscape horticulturist, cook/chef, automotive maintenance,
cosmetologist/barber, police officer/security guard, computerized
machining technician, CNC machine tool operator, printing and publishing
operator, tool and die maker, welder, marketing manager, accountant,
environmental services manager, and retail manager.)
About the Future: Expanding Career Opportunities for University
(Milwaukee area job opportunities and salaries for careers
in engineering, computer science, business and management, education,
health, social work and criminal justice.)
In the 1980s the Employment and Training Institute assisted then-state
superintendent Herbert Grover in implementing "Education for Employment,"
a statewide initiative to help schools focus instruction on the
preparation of students for the workforce, not just to take jobs but also
to make jobs.
- The ETI worked with Moraine Park Technical College (then Moraine
Park Technical Institute, MPTI) and 18 school districts to identify common
learning objectives and measurable competencies to serve as the basis for
"two plus two" articulation agreements allowing high school students to
earn up to 2 years of technical college credits for high school
Based on the work with MPTI, local districts, and Cooperative
Service Educational Agency CESA #6, the ETI was commissioned by the
Department of Public
Instruction to prepare Planning Guides for all 72 Wisconsin counties to
local educators in designing, revising and establishing educational
on current labor market information. (A number of the areas of analysis
subsequently been incorporated into state Department of Workforce
Development annual publications.) A sample publication is shown below.
County Planning Guide for Education and Employment, 1988.
(Private employment changes by county, impact of the baby boom,
impact of the recession of 1981-83,
occupational data by years of schooling completed, sex equity in
education, public school graduates enrolled in
technical degree programs, employer directories)
Admissions Requirements of the Wisconsin Vocational, Technical
and Adult Education (VTAE) System as They Apply to the High School
Equivalency Holder, 1985.
This planning guide for teachers and students identifies the admission
requirements for every associate
degree, diploma and certificate program offered in Wisconsin through the
VTAE system. Listed for each program are the admission test(s) used, high
school coursework expected or required, reading and math skills
required, and whether GEDs and non-graduates
are accepted. For several districts reading levels are identified for
in degree and diploma courses.
Developing Competency-Based Education Curriculum
The Employment and Training Institute assisted the Department
of Public Instruction and the Division of Corrections in working with
teachers at Wisconsin's two juvenile corrections schools (Ethan Allen and
Lincoln Hills) to revise their curricula to better meet their
student needs. Vocational education teachers developed
competency-based curriculum based on prior practices, tours of
top technical college programs, and review of Job Corp course materials.
- The ETI staff prepared curriculum (and competency-based tests) in
areas of Job Skills, Reading, Writing, Math, Health, Government and
Law, Consumer Economics, Interpersonal Relationships, and Community
Resources, based on the University of Texas Adult Performance Level (APL)
The impetus for the curriculum changes came in large part
research showing few Ethan Allen and Lincoln Hills students reenrolling in
school after release and even fewer graduating.
The ETI Job Skills curriculum developed for the corrections schools was
also adopted by the Wisconsin
Governor's Employment and Training Office (GETO) as the model program for
Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) programs throughout the state.
Follow-Up Study of Juveniles Released from Ethan Allen and Lincoln Hills
(Of 759 youth released in 1979, only 24, or 3%, completed a
traditional high school program. For many youth corrections schools
provided their first successful high school educational experience: 48% of
all 15, 16, and 17 year old youth arrived at Ethan Allen and Lincoln Hills
with no high school credits. At Ethan Allen, 40% of entering youth had
reading levels below 6th grade. Within 3 years, 19% of the youth
released in 1979 were
incarcerated as adults in Wisconsin prisons.)
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