It’s a puzzle that is yet to be completely solved. With thousands of manufacturing positions open across the state, companies are left to figure out how to attract the next generation of workers. And an ongoing worker shortage has only exacerbated the issue.  

Nick Novak, vice president of communications and marketing at Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, said the organization estimates there are around 45,000 manufacturing jobs available in the state.

WMC’s first line of defense when combatting the ongoing worker shortage is educating students about their options.  

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