Via Sheboygan Press
LTC president testifies before Congressional committee
Lakeshore Technical College (LTC) President Paul Carlsen testified July 25 in Washington, D.C., as part of the Innovation Forum and Showcase held by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce.
Invited by U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman, Carlsen was one of 23 participants from across the nation. He presented oral testimony on LTC’s incumbent-worker training model called MicroMatch Upskilling, a unique combination of skills-based aptitude testing with a series of short-term educational seminars focused on robotics.
Discussing partnerships with local companies such as Sargento Foods, Bemis Manufacturing, Rockline Industries and Lakeside Foods to identify high-demand, electro-mechanical and robotics skillsets, Carlsen highlighted the college’s focus on an innovative education model to upskill incumbent workers. He described how the college utilized scientifically validated aptitude tests to identify precise skills gaps within the existing workforce and designed five, laser-focused seminars that could be individually selected and stacked. Workers complete only those seminars needed to upskill for their job role.
In a nod to his team in Cleveland, Wisconsin, Carlsen also shared with the committee that he believes LTC has “the best faculty and staff in the country.” Carlsen concluded his testimony by noting enrollments in the program have been just below 100 in the four months since the program kicked off.
In addition to the hearing, the college participated in the Innovation Showcase event. Sheila Schetter, LTC’s dean of Advanced Manufacturing, Agriculture & Engineering, provided members of Congress and their staff both video-based and hands-on demonstrations of LTC’s robotics training.
More information, as well as a link to the video of the testimony, can be found at https://edworkforce.house.gov.
Sheboygan Area School District Awarded $492,000 School Safety Grant
- Increase two-way communications within schools through the use of handheld radios
- Secure the school entry areas with shatter resistant film
- Update classroom door locks
- Install bollard barricades and perimeter fencing/gates around select schools
In addition, the Sheboygan Area School District will be expanding training opportunities for staff on the topic of trauma-informed care and staff members will attend a state safety training.
The Sheboygan community invested in significant school safety and security upgrades by approving the referendum in November 2016.
Plymouth school registration begins soon
The Plymouth School District soon will be registering students for the 2018-19 school year.
Students new to the district should enroll now at the district office located in Plymouth High School, 125 Highland Ave.
Returning students and those who have already enrolled should log into Skyward Family Access between Aug. 6 and 19 to begin the process of registering for 2018-19.
To complete registration, parents or guardians then need to visit a school to pay fees and turn in any needed forms. The oldest student’s school can accept fees and forms for younger siblings. Fees and forms can be turned in at the following times:
- Aug. 6-17: The offices at PHS and Riverview Middle School, 300 Riverside Circle, will be open 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, Aug. 22: The PHS office will be open 5 to 8 p.m. during Freshman Orientation Night.
- Wednesday, Aug. 29: School offices will be open during Sneak Peeks, which will be from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the elementary schools and from 4 to 6 p.m. at Riverview. Students also will have a chance to meet teachers and see classrooms, as well as to sign up for school-year child care (elementary) and the Youth Center (middle school).
Lunch envelopes, as well as free and reduced lunch applications, will be available in the offices. Lunches cost $2.50 for elementary students, $3 at Riverview and $3.05 at PHS.
School begins Sept. 4, the day after Labor Day.
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MADISON – Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Ray Allen released the following statement on today’s release by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (USDOL/BLS) showing that Wisconsin’s significant addition of 17,600 manufacturing jobs from June 2017 to June 2018 ranked 2nd nationally and 1st in the Midwest, while the addition of 2,600 manufacturing jobs from May 2018 to June 2018 also ranked 2nd nationally and 1st in the Midwest. The data released today also showed that Wisconsin’s labor force participation rate of 68.9 percent ranked 5th nationally and 2nd in the Midwest, while the state’s near-historic low unemployment rate of 2.9 percent ranked 7th lowest nationally and 2ndlowest among Midwestern states. This news follows yesterday’s release that showed that for the first time in Wisconsin history, the state maintained an unemployment rate below 3 percent for 5 consecutive months.
“Under the leadership of Governor Walker, businesses across many industries are confident in the direction of the Wisconsin economy, they are adding jobs and Wisconsin workers are reaping the benefits,” Secretary Allen said. “More than 3,000 people entered the labor force in Wisconsin from May to June, and it’s easy to see why; workers are excited about the great career opportunities available, many of which are being created in Wisconsin’s high-paying manufacturing industries.”
Highlights of today’s state-by-state rankings released by BLS include:
- Wisconsin ranks 2nd nationally in manufacturing jobs added in 2018
- Wisconsin’s ranks 9th nationally in number of manufacturing jobs added since 2010
- Wisconsin’s addition of 5,500 private sector jobs from May 2018 to June 2018 ranked 14th nationally
- Wisconsin’s addition of 1,300 construction jobs from May 2018 to June 2018 ranked 8th nationally
- Wisconsin’s construction growth rate of 1.1 percent from May 2018 to June 2018 ranked 10th nationally
- Wisconsin’s addition of 7,400 total non-farm jobs from May 2018 to June 2018 ranked 11th nationally and 3rd in the Midwest
- Wisconsin’s unemployment rate of 2.9 percent ranked 7th lowest nationally and 2nd lowest in the Midwest, trailing only Iowa
- Wisconsin’s labor force participation rate of 68.9 percent ranked 5th highest nationally
- Wisconsin’s year over year manufacturing growth rate of 3.8 percent ranked 6th nationally and 2nd in the Midwest
Other indicators of the state of Wisconsin’s economy include:
- Initial UI claims ended 2017 at their lowest level in the last 30 years.
- Continuing unemployment claims ended 2017 at their lowest level since 1973.
- Moody’s investor Service recently upgraded the state’s credit rating, nothing that “(T)he stable outlook reflects the expectation that the state will experience moderate economic growth and will continue its prudent fiscal management practices.”
The data included in today’s release can be accessed on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said on Tuesday he sees the United States on track for years more of steady growth, but was challenged in a congressional hearing by senators worried the Trump administration’s trade policies were already damaging businesses in their districts.
Powell in written testimony to the Senate Banking Committee and in his response to questions about a possible “trade war” largely discounted the risks and said there would be a positive outcome if the administration’s bargaining ultimately produced a world of lower tariffs.
But North Dakota Democrat Heidi Heitkamp said she was becoming frustrated with the idea of “short-term pain for long-term gain,” noting that the energy sector in her state already had been hit by higher steel prices because of import tariffs and farmers were worried about permanently losing market share because of retaliatory levies imposed on their goods.
“We cannot afford to put our head in the sand” about the impact, Heitkamp said. “We are going to look back at this time perhaps in a year and say that is the point we turned the corner and the economy started taking a downturn.”
While Powell steered clear of direct criticism of President Donald Trump’s slapping of tariffs on goods, particularly from China but also from U.S. allies in Europe and elsewhere, he acknowledged that tariffs were “absolutely” the wrong approach and said the United States “would feel it at the national level” if levies remained in place for too long.
The Fed’s regional bank presidents have increasingly cited local business concerns about the administration’s trade tactics, with higher input costs and uncertainty over the future offsetting the recent corporate tax cut and pushing firms to reconsider or delay investment plans.
SEVERAL GOOD YEARS AHEAD
The back and forth over trade was a chief point of friction in a Fed appearance that also saw Democrats challenge recent Fed decisions that seem to take a lighter hand in the oversight of major banks, while, in contrast, one Republican said the current positive economy and Powell’s presence at the Fed had made the central bank “boring” to oversee.
For Powell, his testimony marked one of the strongest affirmations yet by a Fed leader that the central bank is within reach of its policy targets after years of struggling to pull the country back from a deep financial crisis and recession.
“With appropriate monetary policy, the job market will remain strong and inflation will stay near 2 percent over the next several years,” Powell said in prepared remarks.
The Fed “believes that – for now – the best way forward is to keep gradually raising the federal funds rate” in a way that keeps pace with a strengthening economy but does not increase rates so high or so fast that it weakens growth, Powell said.
U.S. stocks rose on Powell’s upbeat comments, while bond prices fell and the dollar rose. But analysts said there was little of surprise in the Fed chairman’s message.
“His takeaway was the job market is strong, inflation is going to stay near 2 percent. To me that means two more hikes this year,” said Peter Cecchini, chief market strategist at Cantor Fitzgerald in New York.
Powell did not offer his individual views on the appropriate pace of tightening or whether he thinks, as some of his colleagues have argued, that the Fed should pause its rate hike cycle sometime next year if inflation remains under control. But markets expect the central bank to raise rates two more times this year from the current target level of between 1.75 and 2 percent.
Powell will appear before a House committee on Wednesday.
With unemployment at 4 percent, Fed officials broadly feel they have met their mandate for “maximum employment.” To the extent wages are not growing as fast as might be expected, Powell said continued low unemployment could help, but urged lawmakers to think about longer-term policies such as improved education that will ultimately drive outcomes for workers.
While he and other Fed officials have declined to declare a full “victory” over the Fed’s other mandate of 2 percent inflation, Powell said that marker was “close.”
The Fed’s preferred measure of inflation hit 2.3 percent in May, and was right at 2 percent after excluding more volatile food and energy prices.
“The recent data are encouraging,” Powell said as he laid out the reasons why he felt the United States’ near decade-long expansion was set to continue.
Still-low interest rates, a stable financial system, ongoing global growth and the boost from recent tax cuts and increased federal spending “continue to support the expansion,” he told the panel.