By Terry Kovarik
Technical colleges are providing graduates to fill the demand for skilled workers from manufacturers in Door, Kewaunee, and other Wisconsin counties. Many jobs remain unfilled. The challenge is finding students interested in the skilled trades. Joe Draves, Associate Dean for Manufacturing with NWTC, says his program has the facilities to easily take on more students. He says that’s gotten harder because high school grads have more options.
Draves says his program is also challenged by a decline in employees looking to retrain for new careers.