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 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 program includes tours of manufacturing,healthcare, engineering, automotive, and construction industries.

Schools2Skills Business Partners 

  • Mid-State Truck Service, Inc.                                                                                                                                        
  • 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
  • Advanced Laser 
  • Morrie's Chippewa Valley
  • Nordson EDI
  • SEH
  • Spectrum Industries, Inc.
  • TTM Technologies
  • W.S. Darley & Company          

Education Partners

Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District

Chippewa Valley Technical College

McDonell Area Catholic Schools


 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 Apprenticeships

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. 

Student Internship and Youth Apprenticeship Opportunities Board is an online resource will connect students from dozens of school districts in our region with internships and Youth Apprenticeships.

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