Executive Paul Farrow addresses a group celebrating
the 20th anniversary of the Workforce Development
Center in Pewaukee Thursday morning.
PEWAUKEE — When the Workforce Development Center in
Pewaukee opened 20 years ago, Francisco Sanchez didn’t
have a computer in his office, so he had to drive to
Johnson Creek to send data to Madison. Now, the center
offers classes on how to create a LinkedIn profile for
job hunting and how to brand yourself online.
During a 20th anniversary celebration Thursday morning,
Sanchez, president of the Waukesha-Ozaukee- Washington
Workforce Development Board, gave special thanks to
former County Executive Dan Finley and the late former
Waukesha County Technical College President Richard T.
Anderson, whom he described as visionaries.
The idea for the center arose after it was realized that
there were services out there for job seekers, but they
were scattered. Sanchez said it made sense to move them
all under one roof, to benefit the customers.
Through the years, the Workforce Development Center has
received grants to expand its computer labs and formed
partnerships that have helped the center stretch its
dollars. This has been vitally important as government
funding has diminished, Sanchez said.
“We would not be able to do half of what we do without
our partners and friends,” he said.
president of Busch Precision, right, discusses the
help staff at the Workforce Development Center in
Pewaukee gave him in creating a plan and hiring
quality employees, including Gary Metke, second from
the right, and Mike Park, second from the left.
Deborah Bartmann, left, helped Mallwitz at the
Mike Mallwitz, president of Busch Precision in
Milwaukee, said the staff at the Workforce Development
Center helped him to get high-quality employees, two of
whom stood with him Thursday on the stage. He said he
worked with Deborah Bartmann of the center to develop a
Mallwitz said he is proud of the center and if a person
can dream of something for themselves or a friend, they
should come to the Workforce Development Center in
Also speaking at the celebration were Lt. Gov. Rebecca
Kleefisch and newly elected County Executive Paul
John Pritchett, youth services project specialist at the
Workforce Development Center, said staff listens to
clients and their stories no matter where they are in
their lives and helps them.
While a lot has changed technology-wise at the center,
Pritchett said “the thing that hasn’t changed is the
focus on our customers.”
He said he wants to help people be the masters of their
careers and not its victims.
Referencing the famous quote from Confucius, “Choose a
job you love, and you will never have to work a day in
your life,” Pritchett said: “While we are employed here,
we don’t work here.”