Congressman Paul Ryan joins local lawmakers at Allis Roller to focus on jobs
For immediate release
August 4, 2017
Congressman Paul Ryan joins local lawmakers at Allis Roller to focus on jobs with Franklin Business Park Consortium and GPS Education Partners
The youngest Allis Roller employees and education center students are bright examples of on-the-job training and work-based learning
Franklin, WI -- Congressman and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) stopped in his home district on August 4 to meet with the Franklin Business Park Consortium and discuss workforce development. He joined Allis Roller, GPS Education Partners, Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) and regional lawmakers (like State Senator David Craig, State Representative Ken Skowronski and Franklin Mayor Steve Olson) to learn more about strategic partnerships and youth apprenticeships.
“No job in the 21st century is irreplaceable but the key is to keep ahead of the curve, and land the kind of high-skill manufacturing jobs that are as close to irreplaceable as possible, so when our kids get out of school, they will want to stay here. That does not happen by accident,” Ryan said.
Dave Dull, CEO and President of Allis Roller, said that it has also been difficult for those in the technology and manufacturing sectors to find qualified labor. “Between an aging workforce and experiencing companywide growth, sometimes up to 20 percent annually, it has been difficult to hire enough workers. That’s why we’re focusing on those with partial experience and young people, and training them up,” he said.
GPS Education Partners is the only youth apprenticeship that offers real, work-based learning and custom student pathways that align to industry needs, from entry level employment to advanced technical skills.
“I am feeling pretty confident about entering the job market right now,” Anthony Lentini, 17, from Waterford, said. He’s a student in the GPS Education Partners program and studies at the Allis Roller education center. He works with a local business partner and plans to attend technical college after graduation to become a technician. “I feel like I’ve learned so much going through these rotations and I’ve met a lot of people who have taught me good things.”
GPS Education Partners has over 100 business partners and over 43 school partners who work together to help high school students succeed in technical careers – for example, Burlington Area School District, Central High School District of Westosha, Muskego-Norway School District, Waterford Union High School District and the Wilmot Union High School District all work with GPS Education Partners through the Allis Roller education center. Likewise, business partners Allis Roller, Columbia Grinding, Hypneumat, Nordco, Eaton/Cooper Power Systems, Xenar, and ITU Absorbtech will train and employ students from the Allis Roller education center.
“We can come together, across sectors, to support groups like the Franklin Business Park Consortium who are ready to close the growing education and workforce gap. Together, we’ll keep high-skill manufacturing jobs here in southeastern Wisconsin,” President and CEO Stephanie Borowski said.
About GPS Education Partners
GPS Education Partners is an innovative education model that prepares and partners high school juniors and seniors with businesses to accelerate technical education and drive success. Students who complete the rigorous program earn their high school diploma and nationally-recognized manufacturing certifications, as well as develop skills for life and experience a career in manufacturing by participating in a hands-on, immersive, blended learning setting in local manufacturing environments. By connecting the students and employers of today with the job opportunities and technology of tomorrow, the organization is revolutionizing how students prepare for a technical career. For more information, visit gpsed.org, and follow us and on Facebook and Twitter.
About the Franklin Business Park Consortium
The Franklin Business Park Consortium is in the process of launching an exciting collaboration between the 70 companies and thousands of employees in the Franklin Business Park. Franklin Business Park is one of the 10 largest industrial parks in Wisconsin. The current partners with the consortium are: MATC, who provides instruction and classroom equipment for the classes to be held at Allis Roller, one of the participating companies in the Franklin Business Park; South Suburban Chamber of Commerce, who is coordinating our efforts with other business, governmental and educational entities in the Franklin and Oak Creek area; and, Milwaukee 7, who is coordinating our efforts with other business, governmental, and educational entities in Wisconsin, nationally, and globally.