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


Join by Live Webcast or In-Person!

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

Hosted in partnership with:


8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Introductions – Matt Waltz
9:30 – 9:50 a.m. The National Transportation Career Pathway Initiative

– Teresa Adams & Maria Hart

9:50 – 10:10 a.m. The New World of Apprenticeship

– Barbara Murray

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

– Keith Stewart

11:15 – 11:30 a.m. BREAK
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The Apprenticeship Model

  • What it is
  • The Benefits
  • The Process

– Karen Morgan & Liz Pusch

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. LUNCH
1:15 – 2:15 p.m. Conversation with Employers
2:15 – 3:00 p.m. Next Steps

–  Karen Morgan


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


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

Dan Thomas
Human Resources Director, City of Milwaukee (invited)

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.



It is recommended that attendees park in:

  • Engineering Drive Parking Ramp (Lot 17) (map & directions). This is a 10-minute walk from the Discovery Building.

Other nearby parking options include:

Map of All Public Parking Options

Click here and select the “PUBLIC PARKING” checkbox for a map of public parking on campus.

Real-Time Campus Parking Availability

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Resources and Meeting Materials

Survey Revealed Gaps and Opportunities

In preparation for this event, the MTWC, as part of the MTWC Highway Maintenance Engineering Career Pathways Initiative, developed a survey on highway maintenance workforce issues in Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Highway Maintenance Workforce Survey was a vehicle to engage highway maintenance professionals throughout the state, to understand the demand for workers, and to generate employment data. The research teams’ goals were to “fill in the gaps” on several fronts, determining the demand for highway maintenance workers, identifying curriculum being used to train workers, and itemizing any credentials that workers possess.

The survey results demonstrate there are gaps in recruitment, retention, skills, and training in the Highway Maintenance workforce in Wisconsin. This presents a clear opportunity to put a Registered Apprenticeship program to work to create career pathways in these critical occupations.

Sample Standards of Apprenticeship

  1. Field Services Technician (Maintenance Technician Municipal) Standards of Apprenticeship
  2. Appendix A

Developed by City of Edmond Public Works Field Services in Oklahoma and approved by the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship.

Associates Degree in Highway Maintenance Management

AAS Degree Summary

Created by Front Range Community College, Larimar Campus and the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Apprenticeship ROI

Expanding Apprenticeship: Return on Investment (ROI)

This website offers tools, resources, and reports from the U.S. and other countries on the return on investment (ROI) that businesses are receiving on apprenticeship.

Wisconsin Apprenticeship Manual

Wisconsin Apprenticeship Manual

A compilation of the regulations, policies, and procedures under which the Wisconsin Apprenticeship Program functions.