By MMAC President Tim Sheehy
The lead article of the September international issue of Fortune magazine was entitled, “The Talent Crunch.” The most recent issue of the American Chamber of Commerce Executive’s magazine was dedicated to Millennials in the workforce, and the last edition of this publication was focused on recruiting and retaining talent.
In case you haven’t heard, there is growing drum beat of concern about finding talent. Changing demographics and economies are placing a premium on the need for educated talent. In the very near future, 60% of metro Milwaukee’s jobs will require a post high school degree. In short, those communities that educate (and retain and attract) a talented workforce will have deep pools of jobs. Those that don’t, won’t.
Only ONE in TEN youth from low income families graduate from a
- U.S. Department of Health
& Human Services research brief
For metro Milwaukee, this is a numbers game that we cannot win without dramatic improvements. We need to raise attainment levels across the entire metro area. Big picture: there are one million people over the age of 25 who live in our metro. Of this group, 390,000 have a high-school degree or less. Currently, there are about 290,000 students in 4K-12 in the metro. Of these, 125,000 reside in the city of Milwaukee — the vast majority of whom are minority and low-income students and are under-performing. Clearly, this section of our talent pipeline is leaking, putting us at a competitive disadvantage.
Recognize the fantastic work being done by very successful schools and school leaders;
- Highlight impactful organizations and their strategies to improve outcomes for students and educators; and
- Get your attention and motivate you to support organizations making a difference in urban education.
MMAC’s role is to facilitate the collective reach of these impactful organizations, to persistently pursue student-focused public policy, and to bring the resources of the business community to bear as a partner in raising educational achievement. We need your engagement!