How can we connect with the next generation to help fill the Milwaukee region's talent pipeline?
Bring together local businesses and students to spark an interest in a potential career.
The kick-off will be an in-person career exposure opportunity highlighting high quality careers in (5) high demand industries: IT, Advanced Manufacturing, Business/Finance, Patient Care and Construction. This experience will target MPS 10th graders, followed by a career mentoring event focused on those five regional career pathways. We intend to highlight careers beyond the industry specific by opening it up to any career of interest that could be found within one of those industries.
The date(s) for the career conversations event with be Wednesday, April 27th and Thursday, April 28th from 10am -1pm at The Avenue 275 Wisconsin Ave. Milwaukee. We're seeking dynamic and diverse young professionals as career coaches in a one-time 15-minute conversation focused on student’s interest areas, future career aspirations and academic career plans. Each mentor (or pair of mentors) would visit with 3-5 students at a time, cycling groups three times within a 2-hour time frame. The event will kick off with a welcome presentation and culminate with a networking lunch with the students (mentor attendance optional).
We are eager for this to be an impactful experience, helping to guide students to further coursework/electives in 11th grade in their industry of interest, culminating in a career-based learning experience their senior year.
Read below for more on MMAC and MPS' introductory program,
which reached more than 15,000 students between 2014 - 2020.
MMAC’s Council of Small Business Executives (COSBE) has partnered with
Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) to host behind-the-scenes tours for 7th graders - exposing them to potential local jobs and careers. #COSBEspark
"Today you'll see things that you're learning in math,
science and reading apply to the real world."
Former MPS Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver
The COSBE Be the Spark program was launched in 2014 with 25 businesses providing tours for 921 students. This past school year, those numbers increased to 75+ business and 3,800 students.
JOIN THE LIST OF COMPANIES OPENING THEIR DOORS...
Bold companies have hosted three or more tours each school year.