As the final blog post of this short series on “The Technical College Effect,” I will address some of the results we produce for area employers. The “infographic” facts you see included here primarily speak to the ratings employers give Wisconsin’s technical colleges on key factors such as satisfaction with our graduates, the value we bring to their overall business success, and whether or not our customized training services meet expectations. As you can see, those results are extremely favorable.
And while we have industry advisors engaged with every one of our occupational programs helping to guide our curriculum, program offerings, equipment and technology applications, we must continue to find ways to strengthen our working ties with area employers. How do we ensure that the membership of every program advisory committee is representative of that related industry sector across the region? This is really a challenge given the geography we cover and the diversity of employers in virtually every industry sector (e.g. company size, specialized product or service lines, application of technology). But industry diversity is something we must continue to develop in our advisory committees if we are going to be as effective as possible in meeting workforce needs. Continue reading