Volume 12, Issue 39 • September 28, 2013
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WashingtonCounty will hold its next FullService Clean SweepSaturday, Oct. 12, 8 a.m. tonoon, at the WashingtonCounty Highway Facility, 900Lang St., West Bend. See page7.
Stotts at Schauer:
Storyteller and singer StuartStotts will bring his comedicpersonality to the Schauer Arts& Activities Center on Sunday,Oct. 20 at 3 p.m. See page 5.
A new organization is seeking partnerships with localschool districts to make current students aware of employmentopportunities in manufacturing and other fields that could befacing a shortage of skilled staff in coming years.Thomas E. Hostad, materials manager at Broan-NuTone inHartford, spoke to the Germantown School Board Sept. 9 onbehalf of Washington County Jobs Now, which was formed inApril. The group was formed in response to the WashingtonCounty Retirement and Departure Intentions Survey Reportwhich was issued in February. That report was prepared forthe Germantown, Hartford Area and West Bend Area cham-bers of commerce in conjunction with Economic DevelopmentWashington County, Moraine Park Technical College, UW-Washington County and the UW-Extension.According to the report, 17.5 percent of surveyed employ-ees plan to retire within the next five years, 33.9 percent with-in the next 10 years and 50.9 percent over the next 15 years.The report states that the figures are "a surprising figure con-sidering historical averages assume one-third of the workforceretiring every 15 years.""In recent years there have been a number of economicsetbacks that have caused us to wonder if a shortage in laborsupply is still plausible. The Washington County findingsdemonstrate there is not only a major concern for the supplyof skilled workers in the future, but that the shortage is heretoday and will likely remain a critical issue for the foreseeablefuture," the report stated.Hostad said he hoped to discuss a collaborative relation-ship with the Germantown School District and large employ-ers in Washington County. Hostad said there is a "growinggap" forming to the point where projections indicate that 15years from now there could be 13,000 more jobs inWashington County than people to fill those positions."We are very concerned about that," Hostad said. Hesaid that employers are having difficulty hiring peoplebecause job seekers don't have the skills necessary for thepositions.He said the organization is hoping to make studentsaware of the jobs that are available in Washington Countywhile talking with educators about the curriculum and educa-tion that would best prepare students for the workforce.
County Jobs now groupseek partnerships withlocal school districts