October 22, 2014

Linking minority education with job prospects

The state Department of Workforce Development Thursday announced the nearly two dozen members of an upcoming task force focusing on minority job improvement in the Milwaukee area. The governor’s panel will be co-chaired by Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and state Representative Elizabeth Coggs.

“Many of the kids in their middle-and-high school years don’t take into account what high school is going to be like,” said panel member Scott Jansen of the civic group Greater Milwaukee Committee.

AUDIO: Jansen on getting youth to think about future (2:12)

DWD Secretary Reggie Newson took interest in Jansen’s progress in linking urban high school students with ideas for future education, job training and positive role models.

DWD says the panel is vital as a UW-Milwaukee study shows that less than half of black males age 16-to-64 in the metro area were employed in 2010.