The head of the UW System says Wisconsin needs to boost enrollment among high school graduates and target residents who didn’t finish college to win the “war for talent.”

Speaking yesterday during a meeting of the Milwaukee Rotary Club, UW System President Jay Rothman warned members that critical positions in fields like nursing, engineering and data science that go unfilled won’t remain in Wisconsin.

“We know those jobs aren’t being filled in the state,” he said. “And I’ll tell you this, because I’ve seen it in my corporate life, that to the extent that those jobs aren’t being filled can be moved, they will by necessity be moved out of the state of Wisconsin. And once they move, they’re not coming back.”

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