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M.A.D.E Career Pathways Expo set for Oct. 18

Local middle/high school students gain exposure to high-tech manufacturing careers

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PEWAUKEE, Wis. (Monday, Oct. 8, 2018) – Waukesha County Technical College, Waukesha County Business Alliance and the Manufacturing Alliance are partnering to bring the 4th Annual M.A.D.E. – Manufacturing, Automotive, Design and Engineering -- Career Pathways Expo to Waukesha County middle and high school students to help them discover what opportunities are available in the skilled trades.

The expo is set for Thursday, Oct. 18, from 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. in WCTC’s gymnasium, Service Building, 800 Main Street, Pewaukee. More than 1,050 area high school students are expected to attend.

Dozens of local employers will have booths on display to share information about their businesses, showcase products and innovations, give hands-on demonstrations and inform students of internships and apprenticeships. Expo participants can interact directly with a wide range of cutting-edge manufacturers to learn more about high-paying, in-demand careers available within their industries.

“The number one concern we hear from our member companies, particularly manufacturers, is workforce,” said Suzanne Kelley, president and CEO of the Waukesha County Business Alliance. “Companies in Waukesha County are excited about our work to connect business and educational institutions. Our efforts are making a real difference to help prepare students for the jobs that are available right here in southeast Wisconsin.”

WCTC will also have representatives at the expo from the Dual Enrollment Academy and Youth Apprenticeship programs, along with School of Applied Technologies instructors who will operate state-of-the-art equipment used in WCTC classes.

“WCTC is proud to partner with the Waukesha County Business Alliance on the annual M.A.D.E event, where local businesses can share the vast opportunities available in the manufacturing sector and speak directly with the next generation of skilled workers,” said Carol Fontanez, WCTC associate dean of Manufacturing Technologies. “I think students are surprised at the variety of careers that manufacturing supports.”

The M.A.D.E. event is possible by additional sponsors, including Dedicated Computing, Eaton, GPS Education Partners, WaterStone Bank–Brookfield and Weldall Manufacturing, Inc.

The expo is one of nearly 100 activities held in the state this month, as part of October is Manufacturing Month in Wisconsin. This designation honors the state’s rich manufacturing history and highlights the high-tech rewarding careers available in the industry.

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