Youth Career Development
Creating Future Workforce
Schools2Skills™ is a program which provides students, parents and educators with the opportunity to explore and understand careers. The program was designed in response to the growing workforce needs of local employers.
The program inspires students, parents and educators to learn more about careers available in Chippewa County including career paths, salaries and the education required to success in today’s work environment. The Chamber started with manufacturing tours but quickly expanded to include healthcare, engineering, automotive, construction tours. New in 2019 is a Marketing tour at Mason Companies and Great Northern Corp. Last year we hosted 150 students on tours and that number is growing every year.
Schools 2 Skills Business Partners
* Advanced Laser * C & M Home Builders & Real Estate * Dove Healthcare Wissota Health & Regional Vent Center * Great Northern Corporation * HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital * ITW Deltar Fasteners * Machine Tool Camp * Mason Companies * Mid-State Truck Service, Inc. * Morrie's Chippewa Valley * Nordson EDI * SEH * Spectrum Industries, Inc. * TTM Technologies * W.S. Darley & Company
McDonell High School Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District Chippewa Valley Technical College
Sampling of Buiness Responsibilities For Tours
- Present an informative and safe tour of facility; provide safety glasses and other necessary safety equipment to all participants.
- Review products made at the facility.
- A greeting by the company CEO is highly encouraged.
- Review job categories, titles, education needed and potential salaries of various positions at company.
- Emphasize career paths/skills needed for a successful career.
- Provide a testimonial by an employee who has graduated from a McDonell Area Catholic Schools or Chippewa Falls Area High School and has a successful career at the company, if possible.
- Provide a hands-on experience for one or more students during the tour, if possible.
- Provide the students with a product sample or other appropriate souvenir, if possible.
- Remember you are directing this presentation to 13 to 14 year olds, so make it fun!
Youth Apprenticeship (YA) integrates school-based and work-based learning to instruct students in employability and occupational skills defined by Wisconsin industries. Local programs provide training based on statewide youth apprenticeship curriculum guidelines, endorsed by business and industry. Students are instructed by qualified teachers and skilled worksite mentors. Students are simultaneously enrolled in academic classes to meet high school graduation requirements, in a youth apprenticeship related instruction class, and are employed by a participating employer under the supervision of a skilled mentor.
Students DO NOT have to be 18 years old to work in manufacturing. A student learner is permitted to do certain work that is otherwise prohibited if the student learner is performing service within a bona fide school-work training program.
Career Exploring is new to Chippewa County and aims to help youth learn more about careers that can be pursued locally. Career Exploring offers opportunities for youth ranging between ages 12 to 20. Sponsoring businesses within our area will be providing individual programs for students that include career speakers and hands-on interaction with professionals.