Wednesday, August 22, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Orchard View Room (Third Floor)
Discovery Building
330 N. Orchard St.
Madison, WI

The Midwest Transportation Workforce Center (MTWC) and the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards at the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development hosted this one-day event. In this meeting, Registered Apprenticeship and other strategies for professionalizing critical occupations in Highway Maintenance, Public Works, and Transportation were explored.

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Agenda

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. HOT COUNTRY BREAKFAST
9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Introductions – Matt Waltz
9:30 – 10:00 a.m. The National Transportation Career Pathway Initiative

– Teresa Adams & Maria Hart

Handouts:

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. BREAK
10:15 – 11:15 a.m. Field Services Tech Apprenticeship: “Apprenticeship in Action

– Keith Stewart

Handouts:

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. The Apprenticeship Model

  • What it is
  • The Benefits
  • The Process

– Karen Morgan & Liz Pusch

12:15 – 1:00 p.m. HOT BUFFET LUNCH
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Conversation with Employers
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Next Steps

–  Karen Morgan

Speakers

Teresa Adams
Director, Midwest Transportation Workforce Center

Maria Hart
Program Manager, Midwest Transportation Workforce Center

Karen Morgan
Director, Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

Facilitator

Matt Waltz
Director of Administration, WRTP/Big Step

Liz Pusch
Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

Keith Stewart
Field Services Superintendent, City of Edmond, Oklahoma

Meeting Objectives

  • To kick-start municipal apprenticeship in Wisconsin.
  • To bring awareness of innovative workforce development practices in Highway Maintenance.
  • To bring awareness of U.S. Department of Labor and the Department of Workforce Development funding available for workforce development efforts such as upskilling and training.
  • To introduce state workforce development staff to Highway Maintenance stakeholders.

Can’t Join in Person?

This event will be webcast live. Virtual attendees will be able to see and hear everything as it happens and send their questions and comments via chat.

Proceedings will also be recorded and made available after the event.

About the Presenters

Teresa Adams

Teresa Adams

Director, Midwest Transportation Workforce Center

Teresa Adams is a Professor of Transportation Engineering and City Planning in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is also the principal investigator for the Midwest Transportation Workforce Center (MTWC). Dr. Adams led the 21st Century Workforce Development Summit, an effort funded by Wisconsin DOT, one in a series of regional summits used to identify needs, set goals, strategies, and best practices across various transportation career paths. The regional summits culminated in the National Transportation Workforce Summit, which Dr. Adams also co-led in the spring of 2012 in Washington, DC. Adams holds a PhD and MS in civil engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in civil engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.

Maria Hart

Maria Hart

MTWC Program Manager

Maria Hart is a freight transportation researcher and a transportation planner by trade. Ms. Hart manages all center activities including stakeholder engagement and outreach strategies. She also curates the transportation workforce resource clearinghouse database. Hart applies social science approaches to center activities, including such methods as collective impact, community building, and communities of practice, in order to inspire conversations around transportation workforce development that drive innovation.

Karen Morgan

Karen Morgan

Director of the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards, Department of Workforce Development. (DWD)

Karen Morgan serves as the Director of the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards at the Department of Workforce Development. (DWD). She was appointed to her current position in April 1993. Karen began her employment with the State of Wisconsin in 1971. Throughout her career, Karen served in various positions in the Department. Immediately prior to her appointment as Director of the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards, Ms. Morgan served as the Director of the Bureau of Benefits from 1987 to 1993 in the DWD Division of Unemployment Insurance. Ms. Morgan is currently an Officer in the National Association of State and Territorial Apprenticeship Director (NASTAD) which is comprised of apprenticeship directors from state apprenticeship programs. Ms. Morgan graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Superior in 1969 with a BA Degree in English.

Liz Pusch

Liz Pusch

Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

Liz Pusch has been with the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards since 2014. As an Apprenticeship Training Representative, she works with industry partners to develop in-house training programs to assist employers in building a highly skilled workforce. Prior to joining the Department of Workforce Development, Ms. Pusch served for three years as a Research Assistant with the Wisconsin State Legislature.

Keith Stewart

Keith Stewart

Field Services Superintendent, City of Edmond, Oklahoma

Keith Stewart began his public works career with the City of Midwest City, where he served as the Street/Park Supervisor, managing the operations of the Street and Parks Departments. After a lengthy career with the City of Midwest City, Mr. Stewart made the move to the City of Edmond, where he is currently the Field Services Superintendent. In this position he manages the operations of the Street, Traffic, Wastewater Line and Water Line Divisions, that make up Field Services.

Matt Waltz

Matt Waltz

Director of Administration, WRTP/Big Step

Mr. Waltz has served in this capacity for 9 years, and under his tenure has helped to expand from one Milwaukee location, to five regional offices serving all of southern Wisconsin as well as providing technical assistance throughout the Midwest and other areas of the country. Prior to WRTP/BIG STEP, Mr. Waltz served as a Business Manager for a for-profit company and helped to secure consumer loan financing for individuals.
Mr. Waltz has a Bachelor’s of Science in Business from Marian University, and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He also holds an SPHR certificate. Mr. Waltz sits on the Workforce Development Board of South East Wisconsin and is a Trustee for the Phi Sigma Kappa Foundation. Mr. Waltz also sits as a board member for Consortium America, LLC, a nationally certified Community Development Entity based in Washington, DC. Additionally Mr. Waltz is a board member for the Academies of Racine, a partnership within the Racine Unified School District that provides real-world experiences with local businesses and professionals, linking schoolwork and the workplace.