Project Milwaukee

PROJECT MILWAUKEE: BLACK MEN IN PRISON
Why are so many Wisconsinites behind bars? And, what are the costs?

WUWM & MPTV special series runs for six months - starting November 11, 2013.

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Springing from conversations with concerned community members, WUWM journalists developed Project Milwaukee -- in-depth reporting on vital issues in the region. Each Project Milwaukee consists of WUWM News reporters and Lake Effect producers teaming up to create a series of interviews and reports on a specific topic culminating in a public forum or live broadcast.

WUWM tackles subjects of importance to southeastern Wisconsin by focusing on issues that warrant extensive coverage. The topics chosen are based on concerns we've heard from residents and community leaders.

WUWM hopes that our coverage helps to further the understanding of broad, significant subjects, and encourages additional debate in the community.

WUWM's Project Milwaukee. Our region. Our future.

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PROJECT MILWAUKEE SERIES ARCHIVE

Power Switch - June 2013
The Promise and Reality of Green Energy in Wisconsin

Help Wanted - October 2012
Uncovering the Truth Behind Wisconsin's Skills Gap

State of Upheaval - December 2011

Southern Connections - June 2011
Cultivating a Regional Corridor

What's On Our Plate? - November 2010
The Impact of Wisconsin's Food Economy

Barriers to Achievement in MPS - June 2010

The Currency of Water - December 2009

Black & White - June 2009
Race Relations in Milwaukee

Wise Today, Well Tomorrow? - November 2008

Youth Violence - June 2008

Creating a Vibrant Regional Economy - November 2007

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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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Project Milwaukee
10:37 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Foundry Casts Manufacturing In a Different Light

A local foundry is providing scholarships to UWM engineering students to help change perceptions of the casting industry.
Credit Waukesha Foundry

As our Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted series on the skills gap has progressed, we’ve heard from analysts about the importance of developing alliances between industry and education. One such alliance is already in place between a local company and university.

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Project Milwaukee
10:33 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Report: "Skills Gap is More Limited Than Many Believe"

Significant or severe skills gaps were only reported in seven states, none in the industrial northeast or midwest.
Credit BCG data

Earlier on today's show, we heard Melanie Holmes, Vice President at Manpower Group, give details and analysis of that company's annual Talent Shortage Survey, in which almost half of the employers interviewed said they are experiencing difficulty in hiring for mission-critical positions.

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Project Milwaukee
10:29 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Manpower Measures the "Talent Shortage"

Skilled welders are among the professions most in demand, according to many business surveys.
Barnshaws, Flickr

All this week, we're examining the so-called "skills gap" - the apparent mismatch between employers with jobs to fill, and the pool of unemployed or underemployed workers that exists in southeastern Wisconsin - and around the country.

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Project Milwaukee
10:25 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Businesses Adapt to Lack of Qualified Workers

Chris Hoeppner works on a machine that bends metal at Waukesha Metal Products in Grafton.

Businesses in Wisconsin have been adapting to the fact they cannot always find the qualified employees they need. The skills gap has been affecting industries from manufacturing to health care. In today’s installment of our series Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted, WUWM’s LaToya Dennis visited several companies to learn about the impact the skills shortage is having on them.

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Project Milwaukee
10:18 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Skills Gap, or Training Gap?

Peter Cappelli is a professor of management at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

All this week, we’re talking about what many have described as the “skills gap” that’s opened up in this country – the disconnect between employers who have job open, many in highly skilled manufacturing trades, and the millions of unemployed or underemployed people in this country.

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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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