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11:39 am
Mon November 5, 2012

GAB: What Wisconsin Voters Should Know for Election Day

Polls could be especially busy Tuesday because presidential elections trigger a high turnout.

The polls will be swarming with people on Tuesday as voters cast their ballots in the presidential election. Lately, poll watchers and observers have also become a fixture at polling places.

To limit any confusion at the polls, the Government Accountability Board created a list of 10 things Wisconsin voters should know. Kevin Kennedy, director and general counsel of Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board, went over some of the list’s highlights with WUWM’s Ann-Elise Henzl.

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Environment
4:31 pm
Sat November 3, 2012

How Green Jobs Fit In the Skills and Employment Gap

Does the so-called skills gap apply to "green jobs?"

WUWM's Environmental reporter helps us understand how green jobs might affect the employment picture in Milwaukee.

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Project Milwaukee
11:27 am
Sat November 3, 2012

How Green Jobs Fit In the Skills and Employment Gap

Site of one of the homes deconstructed along the Kinnickinnic as area is prepared for river restoration. Milwaukee Builds trainees helped make that deconstruction happen.

The skills and employment gap is a complex problem. WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence set out on an equally complex path to discover how “green” jobs figure into the equation and how they might figure into the city’s future.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Sat November 3, 2012

Beware the Mad Pumpkin Carver!

Some of the "victims" of the Madison Mad Pumpkin Carver.
Credit She Who Is Not to Be Named

Contributor Gianofer Fields introduces us to the Mad Pumpkin Carver.

 If you don't carve your pumpkins, someone will. 

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Project Milwaukee
11:57 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted - Forum Audience Q&A

Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted Forum
Susan Ruggles/ MATC

Our Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted forum recorded Tuesday evening at Milwaukee Area Technical College, included a 45-minute question and answer session between the audience and our six panel members, which we present here in its entirety.

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Project Milwaukee
11:54 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted - The Forum

Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted Forum
Susan Ruggles/ MATC

All this week on WUWM, we've been trying to get to the heart of the so-called "skills gap" in Wisconsin - the divide between unemployed and underemployed workers and existing jobs in the region. It's a series we call Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted.

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Project Milwaukee
11:31 am
Fri November 2, 2012

For Some, the Transportation Gap is Bigger than the Skills Gap

Many workers rely on the bus to get to work. Others don't have that option, if their home or job is not close to a bus line.

WUWM has been reporting this week on the disconnect between job seekers and job openings – a phenomenon known as the “skills gap.”

However, the barrier for some workers is not a lack of skills, but rather, transportation. Some worksites are not located on a bus line, so those positions might not work for people without a car. In other instances, job seekers have lost driving privileges.

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Project Milwaukee
11:22 am
Fri November 2, 2012

WUWM Forum Highlights

The Project Milwaukee series featured a community forum at MATC.

All this week, WUWM has been exploring the skills gap, in our series Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted.

Our project included a public forum on the downtown campus of MATC. Experts from different perspectives offered solutions for spanning the disconnect between people looking for work, and the jobs available.

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Project Milwaukee
11:18 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Government's Role in Closing the Skills Gap

Dozens of job seekers speak with potential employers at a fair on Milwaukee's north side.

All this week, WUWM has been reporting on the skills gap – the challenge employers say they face in finding skilled workers. We’ve also visited programs that provide training. They range from teaching technical skills, down to basic job readiness habits. As our series, Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted concludes, WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson sought opinions on the role government should play in addressing skills shortages.

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Project Milwaukee
11:13 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Immigration Reform Touted as Way to Close Skills Gap

Employers say immigration reform could help close skills gap.

We conclude our Project Milwaukee series Friday on the skills gap. One solution some business people have suggested is immigration reform. For instance, a company owner told WUWM’s LaToya Dennis that he would have an easier time filling jobs, if the U.S. would grant permanent residency to skilled immigrants, including the students educated here. Milwaukee Attorney Jose Oliviera told LaToya that there is no fast or simple way for immigrant workers to remain here, even if employers need them.

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