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.

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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.

Explore Career Pathway Options

Guest experts will explain the Registered Apprenticeship model, describe the successful implementation of apprenticeship at the Edmond, Oklahoma Public Works department, and provide an update on efforts to launch a new apprenticeship program in Milwaukee.

Through discussion and networking, attendees will develop the connections and resources they need to become a positive force for advancing apprenticeship in Wisconsin municipalities.

About Speakers and Guests

  • Teresa Adams – Director, Midwest Transportation Workforce Center
  • Karen Morgan – Director, Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
  • Keith Stewart – Field Services Superintendent, Edmond Oklahoma
  • Dan Thomas – Human Resources Director, City of Milwaukee (invited)
  • Liz Pusch – Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
  • Maria Hart – Program Manager, Midwest Transportation Workforce Center

Free Parking

Parking costs will be covered by MTWC. Limited reserved spaces are available. Please indicate your parking needs when you register.

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.

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 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.
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