Fladog, Jay Rucker, Tyler Glenn and Brady Boyle work
together in The Lookout, one of the non-traditional spaces
at Waukesha S.T.E.M. Academy — Saratoga Campus.
— It may be a few years until Foxconn opens its state-of-the-art
manufacturing facility in southeastern Wisconsin, but it’s never
too soon to start gaining the skills to land a job at the tech
giant company — or another company in need of skilled trade
Shiels, dean of Waukesha County Technical College School of
Applied Technologies, encourages students to think about enrolling
in first semester courses in electronics technology, electrical
engineering technology or automation systems technology.
spots still open in the classes for fall, Shiels said a person
could “jump in now and start to prepare for those jobs.”
even if they begin to look for work before 2020, which is when
Foxconn is anticipated to open its $10 billion factory, there are
many other employers in the area looking for workers.
will be employed right away,” he said.
also suggested people who are not happy with their current jobs or
the educational track they are on to think about attending WCTC.
Foxconn is projecting to bring 13,000 jobs to Wisconsin and Shiels
said there could be another 23,000 jobs affiliated with the
many companies here will be in their supply chain and will need to
add jobs,” Shiels said. He also emphasized that careers in such
fields as automation are here to stay.
of these programs are in high demand now and will be needed well
into the future,” he said.
Myrah, superintendent of the Arrowhead School District, said she
sees many advantages resulting from Foxconn’s announcement: for
AHS students, the local economy and the state.
win-win scenario occurs, for our students and for the local
economy, when Arrowhead High School produces excellently prepared
graduates who obtain and succeed in engaging, familysupporting
jobs in southeastern Wisconsin,” she said.
AHS, faculty members strive to keep a finger on the pulse of the
needs of the regional workforce and then adjusts class selections
and curriculum to prepare its students.
example, based on workplace skills gaps in engineering,
manufacturing, high-tech innovation, and health care fields,
Arrowhead has been updating curriculum, courses, and technology/
equipment in programs such as our Design Engineering Manufacturing
Center, health care coursework and practicum experiences, various
school-to-work internships, and computer/technology design,
programming and coding,” Myrah said. “Whether it is Foxconn
moving into the region, or longstanding, local businesses looking
to hire high-skilled employees, Arrowhead High School is
consistently updating our curriculum and course options to best
prepare our students for their future schooling and the current
and future workplace. The addition of 13,000 Foxconn jobs into our
region may help to entice our bright, skilled graduates to plant
their roots right here in Wisconsin over other locations.”
Gray, superintendent of the Waukesha School District, said it’s
too soon to say if Foxconn coming to Wisconsin will have an impact
on the district’s students.
expect it will provide some good career opportunities for our
students over the long term,” he said.
Kelley, president and CEO of Waukesha County Business Alliance,
think one of the things that having Foxconn located in this region
will do is it really shakes off the Rust Belt image and really
demonstrates how our county and our state are truly leaders in
advanced manufacturing,” she said.
Waukesha County Business Alliance works with area school districts
and manufacturers, as well as WCTC, for its Schools to Skills
programming that exposes students to possible skilled trades.
Kelley said she believes Foxconn will help to raise the visibility
of the strength in manufacturing and technology the state has.
do think that it will have that kind of impact. There is enough
buzz around this announcement and when it actually materializes, I
think the younger generation will see that there are great
opportunities at Foxconn and other fantastic companies in the
area,” she said.