Special events

Milwaukee Flyers to Perform at Bastille Days – Kids Day, Sat. July 12th

More than ever, many of Milwaukee’s youth face challenging odds: poverty, hunger, crime, violence, gang life, homelessness, unemployment, drugs and alcohol, absentee parents and negative role models. Experts agree that after school programs that expand learning and special training opportunities are part of the equation for educational success in Milwaukee (source: WI Department of Public Instruction).

The Milwaukee Flyers provide a positive alternative for Milwaukee’s youth. Affirmative relationships with mentors and coaches help youth better navigate life choices. Tumbling encourages physical activity. Programs like the Milwaukee Flyers help weigh the odds in their favor.

The Flyers will be performing at Milwaukee’s Bastille Days on Saturday, July 12th.  ]

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Training Programs Help Families Reach New Heights

One of my clients is WRTP/BIG STEP – Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership.  WRTP/BIG STEP is a non-profit workforce development intermediary.  WRTP is Industry Led, Worker-Centered and Community Focused.   Their mission is to enhance the ability of public and private sector organizations to recruit and develop a more diverse, qualified workforce in construction, manufacturing and emerging industry sectors of the regional economy.

And, they are doing just that.

I was pleased to coordinate a recognition event just recently to honor 35 adults who successfully completed WRTP/BIG STEP’s DOT Road Building TrANS Class Program.  Program partners including Arrow-Crete Construction, LLC, Dawe’s Rigging & Crane Rental, Iron Workers Local 8, Payne & Dolan, Operative Plasterers’ & Cement Mason’s International Association – Local 599 (OPCMIA), Southeastern Wisconsin Carpentry Training Center, Wisconsin Department of Transportation, and the Wisconsin Laborers Apprenticeship & Training Program.

Representing program participants, graduate Danny Jones shared his journey. He eloquently thanked WRTP/BIG STEP and its DOT TrANS Road Building Program saying it allowed him to “take a big step” towards a successful career.

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This program trains adults for construction related careers — life and family sustaining careers.  These folks will be working on the Zoo Interchange Project and countless other projects as our city embarks on a boom of sorts, in construction, labor and manufacturing.

Milwaukee has a lot of people who need work, and a lot of work to be done – it’s a win-win for everyone.

 

You can learn more about WRTP at http://www.wrtp.org.