Welcome to BizTimes Media’s second annual edition of STUFF, our workforce development publication for young adults. In STUFF, you can check out some of our state’s coolest products and learn which jobs are hot now.
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 southeastern Wisconsin.
Exciting news this year for future workers is the imminent arrival of Foxconn Technology Group, the LCD screen manufacturer, to our I-94 North-South corridor. Mount Pleasant will soon be home to one of the most high-tech facilities in the world. 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.
Thousands of jobs are projected to be created by Foxconn’s campus. This immense development is also spurring our thriving building and construction industries, which are eager to gain more workers.
Southeastern Wisconsin students are taking advantage of the many programs in the area partnering businesses and schools to explore area 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 on page 6.
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, and even more concerning is the lack of female workers and students in STEM. Women are estimated to comprise only 15 to 25 percent of the current STEM workforce, and the gap is broadening. In this issue of STUFF, we highlight some of the women who are working in a STEM-focused career.
Thanks to our incredible editorial advisory board who shared their insights.
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.