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1:29 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

America's Role in the World: A Conversation with Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

The presidential election is less than a week away, and foreign policy: America’s place, and role, in the world, will be a key part of the job for whichever administration takes office in January.

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Project Milwaukee
10:47 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Workers Follow Different Paths to Build Skills For New Jobs

A worker operates a plastics molding machine at Pereles Bros. in Milwaukee. The company crafted its own training program for workers.

Businesses in the Milwaukee area say there are not enough skilled workers to fill available jobs.

We heard about that frustration Tuesday when WUWM’s LaToya Dennis spoke with local managers. Today, in our Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted series, we learn how people seeking jobs are striving to acquire the skills needed.

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Project Milwaukee
10:44 am
Wed October 31, 2012

The Girl Scouts Study Girls' Attitudes Toward the STEM Fields

The challenges and efforts to bridge the employment gap among workers generally are at the lower end of the skills spectrum. But as we've heard during our series this week, employers are reporting the greatest degree of challenge in filling jobs requiring highly specialized skills. Jobs requiring engineering, chemistry, biology, or computer science skills often can't be filled with on-the-job or certificate level training.

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Project Milwaukee
10:41 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Training Workers in "Soft Skills"

As we heard in our last segment, the skills gap - as it affects workers in the Milwaukee area - is about both highly skilled workers and people with lesser skills. And while some employers are looking for workers with very specialized experience, nearly all employers say they need workers with so-called "soft skills" - a good and reliable work ethic, ability to learn and adapt to a job, and good communication skill. But even those skills are lacking in some workers. And so a local foundation - generally known more for its work in aging and childhood issues - has added support for workforce development in the inner city to its priorities.

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Project Milwaukee
10:39 am
Wed October 31, 2012

The HIRE Center Helps Workers Retrain

HIRE Center logo

All this week on Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted, we’re exploring the so-called skills gap and ways area business, governments, and workers are addressing it. Today on Lake Effect, we’re focusing on the workers themselves and will begin with a roundtable conversation with people at the HIRE Center, which is located inside Milwaukee Enterprise Center-South at 8th and National.

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