M-WERC officials host DWD Secretary Caleb Frostman

M-WERC officials host DWD Secretary Caleb Frostman

Work continues on M-WERC’s effort to secure funding from the U.S. Economic Development Agency (EDA) to build an advanced energy testing lab, dubbed The Energy Innovation Development and Training Facility, to prepare the next generation of electrical line workers and testers critically needed by the industry and the state. 

The new facility at M-WERC’s Energy Innovation Center will offer advanced manufacturing training programs not available elsewhere in the state for university-level engineering students and technical college students. The effort is a partnership with UW–Milwaukee and Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC),

“Our goal is to get to a place where we can train up to 150 workers a year who can fill jobs already identified by our partner companies,” said M-WERC executive director Dan Ebert. 

“We’re working closely to stay aligned with existing service providers, including technical colleges, social service agencies like Maximus and Employ Milwaukee, and the Department of Workforce Development. 

“We’re especially excited to have been able to host Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development secretary Caleb Frostman this past week.”

Frostman got a chance to see firsthand some of the exciting work underway at M-WERC as well as get a briefing on the efforts underway to secure federal funding from EDA. 

Josh Morby