As technology develops, the “world of work” is trying to keep up. And one unlikely hero has been quietly working to fill that gap: technical colleges.
As a state that once was a leader in manufacturing and factory jobs, Wisconsin has experienced the rapid pace of economic change firsthand. Like many other job markets, Wisconsin now faces a skills gap.
And tech colleges, traditionally known and created to train for careers in the blue-collar trades, have made moves over the past several years to expand their role, creating programs for newer, middle-skill positions.
Milwaukee Magazine contributor Erik Gunn took a deep-dive into this aspect of Wisconsin’s technical college system for the magazine’s August issue.
“In some ways, I think it’s a rediscovery of the role that tech schools can play,” Gunn says. “They’re training people in new technologies that are directly supplanting the old technologies.”