The first step in building career interest is giving students an inside look at various industries and companies. Company tours help connect classroom concepts to real job skills.

MMAC/COSBE Be the Spark Business Tour for 7th grade students
MMAC’s Council of Small Business Executives (COSBE) has partnered with Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) to host behind-the-scenes tours for more than 1,800 7th graders – exposing them to potential local jobs and careers. >>More info/host a tour

Schools2Skills
The Waukesha County Business Alliance sponsors the Schools2Skills™ program. The program gives Waukesha County high schools the opportunity to tour local manufacturers and see firsthand the innovative and advanced technology right here in Southeastern Wisconsin. The tours conclude at Waukesha County Technical College, where attendees learn about the education available for these types of opportunities.

Inspire Southeast Wisconsin
Inspire Southeast Wisconsin offers an integrated online platform for career planning and learning. The tool connects students and adult job seekers with career-based learning experiences and job opportunities. Inspire Wisconsin is also giving recruiters from companies of all sizes the opportunity to reach out into their communities to cultivate future talent, while tapping into today’s best talent now.

Benefits for companies:

  • Expand your recruiting pool for summer job/intern programs and entry-level positions
  • Increase your business’ visibility and highlight your community involvement through the web portal and in community partner meetings
  • Promote careers that are available in Southeast Wisconsin and help students realize that there are many opportunities in their own community
  • Nurture your future workforce by connecting with them early in their career development
  • Bridge the skills gap of students coming out of high school by communicating what the real world needs
  • Help build Wisconsin into a workforce-strong and economically vibrant state
  • Positively affect and directly address the region’s drop-out, graduation and unemployment rates

Business engagement can range from posting a company profile to having an employee(s) serve as an online career coach to hosting a one-time event or long-term program.

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