Technology degree program without leaving
the NEW North area. Degreed programs include electrical engineering, environmental
engineering, manufacturing engineering,
and mechanical engineering.
In 2010 we began identifying all stars and
all star mentors in member manufacturing
plants. They are recognized with their story
being published in an “All Star Magazine,”
and a video of them performing their job
is posted on our website. We have named
over 90 All Stars and 12 All Star Mentors.
We also recognize our winners at an awards
dinner in October (during Manufacturing
Month.) In 2016 the awards dinner was attended by over 380 supporters.
One of the Alliance’s main goals is to
provide scholarships to individuals studying manufacturing at two- and four-year
colleges in our region. In 2009 we awarded
$4,000 in scholarships. In 2016 we awarded
$40,000 in scholarships to bring the running total to $150,000.
In 2016 we funded high schools in support of their Tech Ed programs and provided scholarships for teachers to become
Certified Technical Education Teachers.
In 2016 we also held our Sixth Annual
Manufacturing First Expo and Awards Dinner. This event is held in October during Manufacturing Month in Wisconsin. Attendance
at the two-day event in 2016 nearly hit 1,300.
In addition, over 550 high school students
and over 200 college students attended. The
member booths sold out at 212. The Awards
Dinner was attended by 383 supporters.
In 2016 we held our Second Annual “In-
ternship Draft Day” at Lambeau Field,
the home of the Green Bay Packers. Stu-
dents met with manufacturing companies
to “speed interview” in hopes of landing
an internship. We had over 215 students,
and 36 companies attend the one-day
event with over 200 paid internships on
the line. At the finale, Mark Murphy, pres-
ident and CEO of the Green Bay Packers,
awarded the top student (as rated by the
employers) an award for being the Top
Draft Pick. How many students have the
chance to be the top draft pick of Mark
We’ve all heard this age-old question from
grade school and high school math students:
“When will I ever use that in real life?” Well,
we’ve answered that question. In 2012 we
started making “Get Real Math” videos
that are designed to be instructional tools for
math teachers. We now have 23 math videos
targeted at several class levels.
Annually, the Alliance collaborates with
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh to administer a Manufacturing Vitality Study.
Over 145 Northeast Wisconsin companies
participated. We learn the state of each participating business in areas such as financial health, business growth, expansion and
plant modernization, workforce recruitment, and access to skills. We have learned
that we have mostly healthy, growing companies in Northeast Wisconsin.
And, not surprisingly, we have learned
that the most difficult jobs to fill continue to
be technical jobs. According to the survey,
the highest skills in demand are communication skills, attendance, work ethic, math
skills and computer/technology skills. The
results are shared with our membership at a
Additional accomplishments have included:
• A Hollywood-Style Premiere showcasing math teachers as the “Stars of Our
Community,” new “Get Real Math” videos are presented, and teachers are treat-
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