News - - We’ve advocated in this space for greater support from the Legislature for Wisconsin’s technical college system. Technical colleges are uniquely positioned to address the persistently high unemployment in the state’s urban areas, including Racine; they can address the shortage of qualified workers for manufacturing jobs, aka the skills gap. They also provide opportunity for people who want a job, or a better job, and know that a four-year college isn’t the right choice for them.

A May 5 report by the Gannett Wisconsin Media Investigative Team underlines this point: There is a looming labor shortage in the Badger State, meaning we need to get moving on increasing the number of young, skilled workers.

One of the biggest reasons is the retirement of the baby boomers, those born between 1945 and the mid-1960s. State demographers say the number of residents age 65 or older will more than double by 2040, rising from 14 percent of the state population to 24 percent....

Ken Notes: We agree, and apprenticeship is one answer that can make a huge difference. We also need to pass on the skill sets of the retirement group before they retire.

Read More At: http://journaltimes.com/news/opinion/editorial/journal-times-editorial-labor-shortage-looming/article_d58c2148-d970-11e3-b81c-001a4bcf887a.html



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