COSBE'S "Be the Spark" program connects Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) students to potential career pathways by touring local businesses.
“COSBE is dedicated to helping our region ensure a strong and sustainable workforce. The key to a successful business is building a pipeline of skilled, adaptive lifelong learners.
The metro area is projected to see the gap between available jobs and available workers grow to 100,000 by 2023. These unfilled projected job openings are the result of modest economic growth, an aging workforce and a working age population (15-69) that will number 6,000 fewer than today.
Over the past 5 years, the region has lost about 13,000 people due to the net impact of out vs. in-migration. Without a net positive migration to Milwaukee by non-U.S. residents, our population decline would have doubled. This places a premium on both growing and attracting talent.
The Be The Spark program can ignite an interest in a potential career for MPS 7th graders by bringing them into local businesses. Executives are able to give students access to what their business does, the types of jobs available and the skills needed to do them. Learn how you can get involved at www.mmac.org/spark.html