The NEW Manufacturing Alliance hosted the first-ever “Earn and Learn” Signing Day at Lambeau Field on August 24, 2021.
“Earn and Learn” Signing Day spotlights manufacturers who are investing in their workforce by making college affordable for their employees. In addition to helping pay for college tuition costs, these employers are helping to build the next generation in manufacturing.
Creating meaningful work experiences and career exposure, the Earn & Learn program provides new opportunities for high school students. Students taking dual-credit courses in advanced manufacturing-related classes are connected with area companies looking to train young workers. In addition, students are exposed to positive role models and create connections for employment after school. Companies have the benefit of having an accessible way to train employees on hard skills while also having the chance to see if they’re a good fit in the company culture.
Earn and Learn was created by the NEW Manufacturing Alliance’s K-12 task force. The K-12 task force comprises manufacturers, K-12, and higher education representatives working together to find solutions to workforce problems in the region. As a result, this program helps address the shortage of skilled workforce in manufacturing.
Companies involved in the August signing day included BPM, Inc., Marine Travelift and Exactech, Robinson, Inc., and Samuel Pressure Vessel Group.
Employers interested in taking part in the program must meet the following requirements:
- Offer summer employment for the high school graduate and a part-time position while attending college
- Pay a portion of the student’s tuition for their technical school credential
- Allow the new hire to be a part-time college student and part-time employee
- Provide commitment details to the college’s Earn and Learn coordinator
The Earn and Learn program is a joint effort between Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and Fox Valley Technical College. For more information, visit https://newmfgalliance.org/manufacturers/earn-learn/ and https://www.nwtc.edu/high-school-students/earn-and-learn.