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Project Milwaukee
10:14 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Milwaukee's Skills Gap: An Overview

Biz Times Milwaukee recently featured the skills gap as its cover story.

The perceived skills gap has been everywhere, it seems. The State of Wisconsin set out to study it and find solutions for connecting unemployed workers with existing jobs.

The Urban Economic Development Association will convene its annual summit to discuss it next week. And newspapers and magazines have devoted hundreds of column inches to exploring why this supposed gap has opened up.

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Project Milwaukee
10:11 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Was There a Skills Gap In the Manufacturing Boom?

Historian John Gurda says in Milwaukee's industrial boom years, new employees got up to speed almost entirely by on-the-job training.
Credit Wisconsin Historical Society

Our Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted series this week is exploring the realities and myths of the "skills gap," the apparent mismatch between unemployed workers and existing jobs.

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Project Milwaukee
10:08 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Manufacturing Jobs Lost Their Luster

Desert Aire worker puts in extra hours to push a product to customer.

While Wisconsin continues shaking off the recession, thousands of workers still don’t have jobs. Yet businesses, particularly manufacturers, report having a difficult time filling certain positions. Several people actively addressing the problem defined it from their perspective.

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Project Milwaukee
10:04 am
Mon October 29, 2012

When Jobs and Workers Went Hand in Hand

Workers at Falk Corporation in Milwaukee's Menomonee Valley pose next to a large piece of industrial equipment. The company was established in 1894, and remains in the Valley today.
Credit Historic Photo Collection / Milwaukee Public Library

Many people are looking for work, while at the same time some employers say they can’t find skilled applicants to fill jobs. We’re reporting on the “skills gap” this week in our series, Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted.

The disconnect between jobs and workers is a relatively new phenomenon in Milwaukee. During the city’s manufacturing heyday, from the late 1800s until the 1970s, there were thousands of jobs in the Menomonee Valley alone – and a steady stream of workers to fill them.

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Civil War
2:47 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Vicksburg: the Eighth Wisconsin Enters the Western Theater of the Civil War

William Tecumsah Sherman

Throughout the fall of 1862, Wisconsin soldiers were making a name for themselves for their ferocious fighting in several major battles - most notably the Black Hats of the West gained their better known moninker The Iron Brigade after an epic battle at Sout Mountain 150 years ago last month.

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Regional
2:06 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Bill Locher: "It's Much More Than Just Driving a Bus"

A cartoon depiction of Bill Locher's son David - now a driver himself - boarding his dad's bus as a boy.
Credit Bill Locher

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Bill Locher.

Those of us who ride the bus on a regular basis take it for granted that the man – or woman – behind the wheel is going to get us where we’re going safely.  But few of us give much thought to the driver and what he or she does, aside from stopping the bus, opening the doors, and accepting fares.

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Project Milwaukee
10:00 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Series Preview

Listen to Project Milwaukee reports beginning Monday, Oct. 29, and join us for community forum at MATC on Tuesday, Oct. 30.

There’s been increasing talk lately about the “skills gap” – the phenomenon of employers unable to find skilled workers. WUWM examines the issue in the series Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted.

The stories will air all next week on Morning Edition, Lake Effect and All Things Considered. WUWM also will host a community forum at MATC on Tuesday Oct. 30. We’ll ask expert panelists and audience members to talk about the role government, educators and other groups have, in connecting workers and jobs.

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Regional
4:58 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Study: Tighter Gun Laws on Domestic Abusers Could Deter Future Tragedies

Credit Scott Olson/Getty Images

Sunday’s mass shooting at a Brookfield salon has prompted some Wisconsin legislators to call for stricter gun laws. Police say Radcliffe Haughton shot and killed his estranged wife Zina Haughton and two of her co-workers at the Azana Salon, then turned the gun on himself. As WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson reports, a national study released today supports several proposals suggested here.

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Foster Care
7:58 am
Tue October 23, 2012

New Health Care Model for Kids Seeks to Better Identify Abuse, Neglect

Dr. Lisa Zetley (left) treats many children in the foster care system in Milwaukee County.
Credit Erin Toner

We now continue our series on Wisconsin’s efforts to improve the health of children in foster care. Child welfare officials admit the existing system is not meeting many kids’ needs. As we reported Tuesday, the children’s health records are often incomplete and scattered among the many caregivers and doctors who’ve passed through the kids’ lives. To address the problem, the state plans to roll out a “medical home” program that would centralize each child’s care. Today, WUWM’s Erin Toner highlights another state initiative – a sharper focus on helping children heal from trauma and abuse.

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Azana Spa Shooting
5:05 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Local Advocate: Domestic Violence Epidemic in Metro Milwaukee

Azana Spa in Brookfield
Credit Sara Maternowski

Perhaps ironically, October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

According to Carmen Pitre, co-executive director of Milwaukee's Sojourner Family Peace Center, "the incidence of of domestic violence is at epidemic proportions in Milwaukee County."

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