MADISON – Businesses and civic groups in Wisconsin will be invited to take part in town-hall style meetings on the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education efforts in their communities.

The series of public meetings, “Educating a Tech-Savvy Workforce,” is being produced by the Wisconsin Technology Council and the Wisconsin Innovation Network with the help of a core grant from the Kern Family Foundation.

Beginning in December and continuing through March, the meetings will take place in a half-dozen Wisconsin cities scattered throughout northeast Wisconsin, central Wisconsin and western Wisconsin.

“Educating a Tech-Savvy Workforce” will review Wisconsin’s standing in STEM fields and review some of the programs already in place to produce a better-prepared workforce. Participants and meeting coordinators will discuss their perceptions of STEM needs and opportunities specific to their regions.

At the conclusion of the series, the Wisconsin Technology Council will produce a white paper on workforce development needs and potential solutions as identified by participating communities, businesses and individuals.

“Educating a more tech-savvy workforce is a challenge not only for Wisconsin, but for the nation as a whole as it struggles to produce a globally competitive pool of workers,” said Tom Still, president of the Tech Council. “For economic as well as security reasons, we cannot afford to lag behind our global competitors.”

For more information about “Educating a Tech-Savvy Workforce” or to request a presentation at your business or civic group, contact Ryann Petit-Frere at the Wisconsin Technology Council 608-442-7557 ext. 28.