Planning for careers of the future

Welcome to BizTimes Media’s first edition of STUFF made and built in south central Wisconsin, our workforce development publication for young adults. In STUFF, you can see how other students are approaching their careers and learn which jobs are hot now in the region.

The pace of change continues to accelerate as we prepare tomorrow’s workers for their future jobs, some of which do not even exist yet. We’ve experienced sustained growth in the manufacturing industry over the past year in Wisconsin.

High schools and postsecondary institutions are quickly adapting their programs to best prepare our students for the new advanced manufacturing environments of “Industry 4.0” that are developing right here in Wisconsin. Some amazing name-brand items are made in this corner of the world, such as Trek bikes. See our “Cool Stuff” roundup to learn about other products made here.

Development is also spurring our thriving building and construction industries, which are eager to gain more workers. Verona is home to one of the most iconic facilities in the Midwest: the Epic Systems Corp. campus. As a major employer in the region, we wanted to take a closer look. The unique buildings reflect the ever-growing organization’s innovative spirit. See our “Stuff Blown Up” feature for more.

Growth has been notable in the health care industry, which suffers a shortage of workers. High school students have opportunities to explore nursing careers via camps such as the Medical Science Academy offered to students through Hendricks CareerTek. High-schoolers engage with professionals in the Beloit Health System to see what these jobs entail.

South central Wisconsin students are taking advantage of the many programs in the area partnering businesses and schools to explore work opportunities via competitions, information sessions and more. We’ve gathered examples of how you can explore your career options while still in high school in our “Five Steps” article.

Now – more than ever – is the time for interested students to get involved in STEM fields. The shortage of skilled workers in high-tech fields is a major issue. In this issue of STUFF, we highlight some youth apprenticeship STEM career pathways, as well as CNC/tool & die and others.

Thanks to our incredible editorial advisory board who shared their insights, and all the businesses and schools involved.

We hope through these pages that you find an occupation or company worth exploring more deeply.

Here’s to finding meaningful study and career paths that are the best fit for you.

Dan Meyer

Founder and publisher
BizTimes Media

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Dan Meyer, a graduate of Marquette University, founded BizTimes in 1995 and has been in the publishing industry for 33 years. He’s had the privilege to work with great team members who have been integral in the growth of BizTimes Media. Dan likes to spend time fishing in Northern Wisconsin, traveling, playing golf with friends and spending time with his wife Kate and four children Maredithe, Brian, Daniel and Margo.

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