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ABC Jobs Ambassador Rebecca Kleefisch Chats With High School Students About Apprenticeship

National Apprenticeship Week (Nov. 11 - 15) began with the announcement that former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch is partnering with ABC of Wisconsin as a new Jobs Ambassador and it culminated at [...]

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Jobs Ambassador: Building Wisconsin Jobs Requires Reimagining Higher Ed

As a mom, I remember sitting in the eighth-grade parents’ “Introduction to High School” presentation in our district. As Wisconsin’s former lieutenant governor, I remember the part about higher [...]

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Why Apprenticeship is Becoming a Smart Choice for Many

Many economists, employers and academics tell us that our post-secondary education system is churning out too many four-year graduates. For decades, many parents, teachers and school counselors [...]

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Recognizing the Skilled Trades on Labor Day

This Labor Day, we continue the decades-long tradition of honoring the American worker, and especially those in the skilled trades. At Associated Builders and Contractors, a national trade [...]

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Youth Apprenticeship: Making A Historic Link Into Adult Apprenticeship

Youth apprenticeship has been providing career exploration and pathway opportunities to high school students for more than 25 years. It can be a big advantage for students who have an idea of [...]

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Celebrating Women in Construction Week

The number of women in the U.S. construction industry is on the rise. From apprentices to craft professionals, estimators and executives, women are represented in all facets of the construction [...]

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ABC’s Most Read Blog Posts of 2018

Posts on the Wisconsin Contractor Blog were read more than 48,500 times in 2018, according to a review of website statistics by ABC of Wisconsin. Throughout the year, ABC of Wisconsin uses the [...]

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Budget Priority Sessions Offer Opportunity for ABC Members

ABC members may want to use the Governor-elect's budget priority sessions this month to share issues important to them, specifically, how 1:1 apprenticeship ratios, the elimination of prevailing [...]

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ABC VP Talks Workforce Development on Rural Wisconsin Initiative Podcast

ABC of Wisconsin Vice President Kelly Tourdot was featured on the inaugural edition of “RuralCast” – a podcast created by the Rural Wisconsin Initiative – to discuss apprenticeships and workforce [...]

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Construction Contractors Should Consider Fast Forward Grants For Skills Gap

Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) training grants have provided training for more than 20,000 Wisconsin workers since 2013. The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) would like more [...]