The Eau Claire Area Chamber has many initiatives to help employers retain, recruit and development employees. Many of these programs, committees, and events have been around for years; At the 2019 Annual meeting our CEO/President David Minor announced the intention of focusing on Workforce Challenges and Solutions in the Chippewa Valley. This publication and the initiatives highlighted below are the beginning.
Local Area Resources And News
Governor signs bill to expand Youth Apprenticeship Curricula
Governor Tony Evers on Tuesday, March 3, signed into law a measure passed by the legislature that expands the number of career clusters eligible for the state's high school Youth Apprenticeship Program.
SB72 (now Wisconsin Act 171) directs the Department of Workforce Development to increase the number of career areas covered from the current eleven to all 16 recognized clusters. The Chamber supported this bill because it moves towards making YA a viable work-based learning opportunity for high school students interested in increasingly high demand areas like education and public service.
Youth Apprenticeship Success with C&M and Chippewa Valley Home Builders Association
The Eau Claire Area Youth Apprenticeship Consortium is a partnership among the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Eau Claire Area School District (ECASD), School District of Altoona (SDA) and the Fall Creek School District (FCSD). Youth Apprenticeship has been growing in the region over the past few years, and it has become increasingly important to get more connections with local businesses.
Want to hire a career-oriented high school student for your organization?
Area high schools are currently recruiting students interested in working for local employers in areas where they have career interests. To learn more about what's involved, contact Kaylynn Stahlbusch at the Chamber and we'll connect you.
Looking for a new employee?
"What is truly drawing me home is the community Eau Claire offers."
My name is Jacob Talledge and am currently working for LiveAquaria in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. Though the Northwoods of Wisconsin has been my residence for the last 3 years, it is not my home. Eau Claire was and forever will be my home and where I want my wife and I to raise a family. I have had great experiences living in southern and northern Wisconsin, but I am ready to build a lifelong career in Eau Claire.
Over the years, I have focused my career on standing out no matter the field I am in. I believe a company is as strong as its weakest link, and being in management, it has been my job to elevate my entire staff to new heights. My years in the customer service industry have prepared me for opportunities in many different fields as most careers work with both internal and external customers.
What is truly drawing me home is the community Eau Claire offers. I was truly fortunate to be a charter member of the Chippewa Valley After Hours Rotary. Community service and involvement has been passed down to me from my grandparents. Not only do you have a responsibility to give your all to the company you work for, you have the same responsibility to the community you live in.
My ideal role would have the opportunity for advancement and be in a business setting such as finance, banking, or the medical field.
My skill set has allowed me to be successful in both business to business and business to customer relations. I'm definitely looking for a position where I can grow - professional development is something that's really important to me and for staff that I manage; for advancement and fulfillment in a career. I want to make a positive impact in my role and the community. I know that Eau Claire is a vibrant place to engage, live and work and am truly eager to utilize my skills in a new role.
Please reach out to me with the contact information on my resume or through my LinkedIn page. I truly appreciate your time and consideration. - Jacob Talledge
Chamber Events and News
Please join us in supporting a Leadership Eau Claire Class of 2020 Non-Profit Project by donating your gently used professional clothing and accessories to help our future UWEC workforce! The Eau Claire Chamber office will be a drop off location for the entire month of March 2020. For more information on this program, visit the Campus Closet website or contact Demetrius Smith (SmithDem@uwec.edu). Thank you in advance for your support!
Workforce Articles and Resources
Chippewa Valley Technical College: Building Our Future Together
On April 7, residents of the 11-county area served by CVTC are asked to vote on a referendum authorizing the College to create and expand our facilities. The facilities improvements would target programs that are in high demand and impact citizens across our region, including transportation, public safety, manufacturing, technology, and community partnership.
Why are the proposed projects necessary?
ACT's New Career report provides customized guidance
A new ACT report, The Condition of Career Pathway Readiness in the United States, features information on the skills individuals need to succeed in various careers and “career clusters”—groupings of occupations that can be used by education and training providers to help students in educational settings. Its aim is to open opportunities for job seekers and help employers identify high potential candidates within different career pathways.
Job seekers who’ve taken the ACT® WorkKeys® Assessments and earned an ACT® WorkKeys® National Career Readiness Certificate® (NCRC®) can compare their scores to the benchmark scores displayed in the report for various career clusters, within different educational levels. For example, a high school student interested in carpentry can compare their WorkKeys scores to the career pathway benchmarks for entry-level Architecture and Construction to understand the foundational skills required to succeed in that career cluster.
This type of career exploration is designed to help high school students and adults understand their career options based on their skills and determine the types of jobs available to them. The report also features the projected number of future job openings and salary information alongside the benchmarks for each of the top occupation openings. A public Tableau dashboard featuring data from the report can be accessed here.
Career clusters were developed using data from O*NET and the National Career Clusters® Framework and career cluster benchmarks were estimated for each of the career clusters by aggregating job profiling data for all occupations in the US. Additionally, a skills gap analysis was conducted for WorkKeys examinees who met the benchmarks for a career cluster.
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Don’t miss the new podcast: U.S. Career Pathway Readiness to accompany ACT’s new Career Readiness Report. Episode 17 of Ready for Work features ACT research scientists Mary LeFebvre and Jeffrey Steedle discussing the report and how it can help individuals explore different career pathways.
Eau Claire Chamber
The Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce has more than 1,200 members.