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Special Committee on Building Wisconsin's Workforce

Chair: Rep. Pat Strachota
Vice-Chair:  Sen. Robert Wirch
Legislative Council Staff: Jessica Karls-Ruplinger and Scott Grosz
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The Special Committee is directed to study and make recommendations regarding the coordination of existing resources of K-12 educational institutions, technical colleges, universities, government agencies, and private organizations to:  (1) meet the future workforce needs of the health care, skilled trades, construction, advanced manufacturing, and technology fields; (2) retain workers in the health care, skilled trades, construction, advanced manufacturing, and technology fields; and (3) retrain and update the skills and education of workers in the health care, skilled trades, construction, advanced manufacturing, and technology fields.

Report to the Legislature
  • Report to the Legislature 2009-09, Special Committee on Building Wisconsin's Workforce (June 23, 2009).
  • 2009 Assembly Bill 293 (2009 Senate Bill 245), relating to collection of workforce data on registered nurse and licensed practical nurse license renewal forms.
  • 2009 Assembly Bill 294 (2009 Senate Bill 246), relating to a lifelong learning accounts program and creating income tax modifications and an income tax credit for contributions and withdrawals related to lifelong learning accounts, providing an exemption from rule-making procedures, and requiring the exercise of the rule-making authority.
Recommendations to the Joint Legislative Council (May 20, 2009)
  • Results of the May 20 meeting.
  • Proposed Report to the Legislature 2009-09, Special Committee on Building Wisconsin's Workforce (May 6, 2009).
  • LRB-1323/1, relating to collection of workforce data on registered nurse and licensed practical nurse license renewal forms.
  • LRB-2024/2, relating to a lifelong learning accounts program and creating income tax modifications and an income tax credit for contributions and withdrawals related to lifelong learning accounts, providing an exemption from rule-making procedures, and requiring the exercise of the rule-making authority.
April 2, 2009 Mail Ballot
  • Results of April 2, 2009 mail ballot.
  • LRB-2024/2, relating to a lifelong learning accounts program and creating income tax modifications and an income tax credit for contributions and withdrawals related to lifelong learning accounts, providing an exemption from rule-making procedures, and requiring the exercise of the rule-making authority.
March 30, 2009 Meeting
  • LRB-2024/P3, relating to a lifelong learning accounts program and creating income tax modifications and an income tax credit for contributions and withdrawals related to lifelong learning accounts, providing an exemption from rule-making procedures, and requiring the exercise of the rule-making authority.
  • Presentation, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, by Secretary Roberta Gassman, Department of Workforce Development (March 30, 2008).
January 22, 2009 Meeting
Please see the material listed under the December 9, 2008 meeting.  In addition, the following material was handed out at the January 22, 2009 meeting.
  • Nursing Student Loan Information, Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board.
  • Letter to State Superintendent Elizabeth Burmaster (January 22, 2009).
  • Letter to State Superintendent Elizabeth Burmaster (January 22, 2009).
  • Letter to Secretary Roberta Gassman (January 22, 2009).
  • Letter to Secretary Roberta Gassman (January 22, 2009).
  • Letter to Kevin Reilly, President, University of Wisconsin System (January 22, 2009).
  • Letter to Dan Clancy, President, Wisconsin Technical College System (January 22, 2009).
  • Memo, Additional Math Credit Graduation Requirement, Wisconsin Education Association Council (January 22, 2009).
December 9, 2008 Meeting (CANCELED) Minutes
  • WLC:  0353/P1, relating to lifelong learning accounts program and creating income tax modifications and an income tax credit for contributions and withdrawals related to lifelong learning accounts.
  • Memo No. 2, Committee Recommendations to the Joint Legislative Council, as of December 2, 2008 (December 2, 2008).
  • Fact Sheet, Math and Science Course-Taking, Department of Public Instruction (December 1, 2008).
  • Letter to the Co-Chairs of the Joint Committee on Audit (November 20, 2008).
November 19, 2008 Meeting
  • WLC: 0126/2, relating to requiring an additional credit in mathematics for a high school diploma.
  • WLC: 0203/2, relating to an annual report to the legislature regarding the transfer of credits between educational institutions.
  • WLC: 0283/1, relating to collection of workforce data in state-licensed nursing professions.
  • Letter from Roberta Gassman, Secretary, Department of Workforce Development (November 14, 2008).
  • Letter with enclosures from Dan Clancy, President, Wisconsin Technical College System (November 6, 2008).
    • Wisconsin Technical College System:  2009-11 Biennial Budget Initiative (September 2008).
    • Wisconsin Technical College System 2009-11 Biennial Budget:  Next Generation Workforce Initiative.
  • Developing Common Competencies for Entry into Postsecondary Credit-Bearing Coursework in Mathematics, Department of Public Instruction.
  • Letter from Kevin Reilly, President, UW System (November 14, 2008).
    • Report on Remedial Education in the UW System:  Demographics, Remedial Completion, Retention, and Graduation (October 2006).
    • Letter, ACT High School-to-College Success Report, from Elizabeth Burmaster, Superintendent of Public Instruction (October 2007).
    • American Diploma Project.
  • Article, Post Secondary Remedial Education, National Conference of State Legislatures.
  • Draft letter to Secretary Roberta Gassman, Department of Workforce Development, from Chair Strachota and Vice Chair Wirch, on behalf of the Special Committee on Building Wisconsin's Workforce (November 19, 2008).
  • Draft letter to Senator Jim Sullivan, Co-Chair, Joint Audit Committee, and Representative Suzanne Jeskewitz, Co-Chair, Joint Audit Committee, from Chair Strachota and Vice Chair Wirch, on behalf of the Special Committee on Building Wisconsin's Workforce (November 19, 2008).
  • Letter to Representative Pat Strachota, Chair, Special Committee on Building Wisconsin's Workforce (November 19, 2008).
  • Testimony submitted by Peggy Hill-Breunig, Vice President, Waunakee Community School District Board of Education (November 17, 2008).
October 22, 2008 Meeting
  • WLC: 0126/1, relating to requiring an additional credit in mathematics for a high school diploma.
  • WLC: 0203/1, relating to an annual report to the legislature regarding the transfer of credits between educational institutions.
  • Handout submitted by Public Member Steve Mercaitis.
  • Presentation by Amy Sherman, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (October 22, 2008).
  • Report, UW System Transfer Student Enrollment 1997-98 to 2006-07.
  • Report, Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) to the University of Wisconsin System (UWS) Program Assessment Study.
  • Memorandum from Larry J. Martin, Executive Assistant, Office of the Secretary, Department of Regulation and Licensing.
  • Handout, Wisconsin's Health Care Workforce Report 2008, submitted by Public Member Judy Warmuth.
  • Materials submitted by DPI:
    • Summary of 2009-11 Biennial Budget Request Items Related to Global Literacy and Competitiveness.
    • Handout, The American Diploma Project (ADP) and Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) Leadership Team, English Language Arts & Mathematics Design Teams, Recommendations for Successful Implementation of Revised Wisconsin Model Academic Standards (WMAS) Strategies and Needs.
    • ADP/P21 Leadership Team
    • ADP/P21 Design Team:  Mathematics
    • ADP/P21 Design Team:  English Language Arts
    • Table, School-Supervised Work-Based Opportunities for Wisconsin Secondary Students.
September 23, 2008 Meeting
  • Memo No. 1, Potential Recommendations Submitted for Consideration by Committee Members (September 16, 2008).
  • Handout, Part Three:  Getting Old Draws Moisture!  2008 and beyond, by Public Member Jim Golembeski (revised).
    • Presentation Part Three:  Getting Old Draws Moisture!  2008 and beyond, by Public Member Jim Golembeski (original version).
  • Handout, Reentry:  A Bridge to Success, Rick Raemisch, Secretary, Department of Corrections.
  • Handout, Lifelong Learning Accounts:  A Strategy for Co-Investment in Educational and Training, by Amy Sherman and Rebecca Klein-Collins, Lifelong Learning Accounts, distributed by Chair Strachota.
  • Presentation by John Keckhaver, Wisconsin Council on Children and Families (September 23, 2008).
  • Testimony by James M. Golembeski (September 23, 2008).
  • Report from the National Employment Law Project, submitted by Public Member Jim Golembeski.
  • Presentation by Dr. Robert T. Borremans, Southwestern Wis. Workforce Dev. Board, Linda Stewart, Milwaukee Workforce Investment Board, and Mari Kay-Nabozny, Northwest Wis. Workforce Investment Board.
August 18, 2008 Meeting
  • Presentation by Tom Still, President, Wisconsin Technical Council (August 18, 2008).
    • Press release, by Tom Still, President, Wisconsin Technical Council (August 18, 2008).
  • Presentation by Dan Clancy, President, Wisconsin Technical College System, and Paul Gabriel, Executive Director, Wisconsin Technical College District Boards Association (August 18, 2008).
  • Handout, UWS/WTCS Program Transfer Agreements, distributed by Kevin Reilly, President, University of Wisconsin (UW) System.
    • Handout, Recent Transfer Agreements and Options between Wisconsin Technical Colleges and University of Wisconsin System Institutions (August 2008 Update), distributed by Kevin Reilly, President, UW System.
  • Graph, Happiness and Prosperity, distributed by committee member Jim Golembeski.
  • Graph, NEW North Labor Force:  Entrants and Exiters 2000-2030, distributed by Jim Golembeski.
  • Presentation by Rolf Wegenke, Ph.D., President, Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (August 18, 2008).
  • Testimony by State Superintendent Elizabeth Burmaster, Department of Public Instruction (DPI).
  • Presentation by Pat Herdrich, Ph.D., West Bend Joint School District #1, Summer, 2008 (August 18, 2008).
July 21, 2008 Meeting
  • Presentation by Roberta Gassman, Secretary, Department of Workforce Development.
  • Presentation by Dennis Winters, Department of Workforce Development.
  • Presentation by Mark Reihl and others, Wisconsin State Council of Carpenters.
  • Presentation by Judy Warmuth, Wisconsin Hospital Association.
  • Presentation by Terri Newmier, Marshfield Clinic.
  • Presentation by Debbie Fedel, SEEK Careers/Staffing, Inc.
  • Handout, Greener Pathways, Jobs and Workforce Development in the Clean Energy Economy, by Sarah White and Jason Walsh, Center on Wisconsin Strategy - The Workforce Alliance - The Apollo Alliance, submitted by Gary Denis, Department of Workforce Development (July 21, 2008).
  • Testimony by Bill Smith, State Director, National Federation of Independent Business, Wisconsin Chapter (July 21, 2008).
  • Testimony of the Wisconsin State Council of Carpenters (July 20, 2008).
  • Testimony of Steve Mercaitis, Lori Knapp, Inc. Companies (July 21, 2008).
  • Report, Report of the Utility Workers Coalition on Strategic Workforce Planning in the Utility Industry (February 2006), submitted by Forrest Ceel.