Dear Business Partners:
The Milwaukee Tech Hub (MTH) vision is for the greater Milwaukee region to be nationally ranked home for people to thrive within a vibrant community built on innovation and technology. Tech dependent industries contributed to $27.6B in regional economic impact in 2017. It is critical that the emerging workforce has the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to prepare for success in this new economy. That needs to happen before they invest in post-secondary education and training.
SE Wisconsin’s future economy is reliant on building a pipeline of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) talent. Please consider how you could create a new (or expand an existing) education outreach program. This page has been developed by the MTH Education Workgroup to help you.
Step 1: Be Informed, Ask Questions
1. Meet with your local K12 Superintendent, school leader, technology teacher, Career and Tech Ed lead, Academic and Career Planning coordinator or other relevant individual to better understand their needs and where the development of technological literacy and entrepreneurial thinking fits into their profile of a College and Career Ready Graduate. This will help you work with them to co-create solutions to any perceived gaps. +
Note – If you don’t have a contact, check out the district or school website.
2. For computer science and tech education, understand some of the resources available to K12 teachers today by reviewing the MTH K12 Educator Resources site.
Step 2: Choose the path(s) below that best meet you/your organization’s needs and capacity
Offer Career-Based Learning Experiences
Volunteer for or host one of the following types of experiences (listed from lower lift/lower impact to high lift/high impact). Share opportunities with employees and allow them the time and flexibility to contribute.
Develop Deeper Partnerships
Partner with a local K12 school(s) or district to dive deeper in your support and to develop a pipeline of future STEM talent.
Provide Financial Support and invest in future talent
Contribute financially to build regional capacity for developing digital and innovation talent from K12 up (i.e. schools, non-profits, after-school programs and more).