Talented Workforce Goal: 
Building a region of skilled, adaptive
and productive lifelong learners who fuel innovation


The people who run our production lines, manage our money, create brilliant strategic plans and turn the lights out at night are the foundation of each and every business. How we prepare people for the jobs of tomorrow is critical.

MMAC believes you must start with education. For more than 25 years, the Association has led the charge to ensure K-12 students have the tools, schools, skills and teachers they need to graduate and pursue their career goals. We are focused on closing the achievement gap for low-income students and supporting policies that expand parent choices and improve quality for all students.

Metro Milwaukee has the second highest concentration of manufacturing employment per capita in the U.S. We need highly trained, capable workers to support and grow this leading industry sector. That means bringing technical colleges, workforce development agencies and employers together to find new ways to fill the talent pipeline.

The next generation is the most diverse ever. Half of the children born in 2010 in Milwaukee County were minorities. Milwaukee has an opportunity to differentiate itself as a place that leverages the best in each generation, helping all students make the most of their talents and realize their full potential.

2013-2015 AGENDA


 K-12
 Education
 
 Workforce 
 Development
 
 
 Talent Attraction
 & Retention
  • Pursue legislation to allow high-performing Choice and Charter schools to lease or purchase vacant MPS properties.
 
  • Refine the definition of “employer” for Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) Board positions to require profit and loss authority. 
 
  • Increase community engagement among people of color and educators through outreach and continued collaboration.
  • Continue implementation of the Common Core Standards of the States, designed to deepen learning and raise proficiency.
 
  • Continue to grow a pipeline of qualified welding talent who can demonstrate the basic welding skills and technical knowledge required by manufacturers.  
 
  • Establish a consortium of young professional organizations for best practice sharing and collaborative programming.
  • Continue to close the per pupil funding gap between Choice/Charter students and MPS students, as well as increase funding for MPS.
 
Talent Retention & Attraction
 
  • Expose K-12 students to various professions through short- and long-term interaction between students and FUEL members.
  • Reform Wisconsin’s educator certification and licensure process to make recruitment and retention of high-quality teachers and school leaders easier.
 

 

   
  • Continue to grow a pipeline of qualified welding talent who can demonstrate the basic welding skills and technical knowledge required by manufacturers.  
 

 

   
Pursue statewide education accountability, including:

  • Accurate data on student achievement and demographics for all publicly funded students
  • A report card that measures performance school by school
  • Defined sanctions and interventions for chronically low-performing Choice, Charter and Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS)