Several teachers and local business people came together on Thursday, August 20 to learn more about Wisconsin’s labor market and academic and career planning for students.
The day began at the school district’s administrative offices with a presentation by Jim Morgan, Vice President of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce. Jim discussed the changing employment demographics in Wisconsin and how current and upcoming generations, such as the Millennials, Gen X, Y, and Z, impact the workforce. He also shared information about Future Wisconsin, a 20-year strategic vision for the state to ensure our economic competitiveness, and how academic and career planning can help students prepare for jobs of the future.
Judi Walsh, the school district’s Program Coordinator for College and Career Readiness, then updated participants on what’s happening in the DeForest Area School District and around Wisconsin to better help students prepare for success in education and employment. “Academic and career planning, when done well, can improve student outcomes and post-secondary graduation rates,” said Walsh.
During the afternoon, the group traveled to Madison Area Technical College Health Education Center where School of Health Education Dean, Mark Lausch, provided a tour of the new Health Education Center, and provided information about programs and employment opportunities in the expanding health care industry.
The last leg of the day was a tour of the BioPharmaceutical Technology Center Institute, located at Promega on Madison’s south side. Barbara Bielec, the Institute’s K-12 Program Director, gave a tour of the BTC building, emphasizing STEM careers & training. She also facilitated an electrophoresis activity for the group and provided information about educational and employment opportunities through the BTC Institute.