Precision Plus Welcomes Students to Its 2014-2015 Apprenticeship Program

Michael Reader

Five apprentices have joined Precision Plus 2014-2015 Apprenticeship Program.   We are so excited to have you on board!

Jake Brown – Jake is a junior at Elkhorn High School. He participates in the E-Tech Robotics Club and enjoys working on computers. Jake plans to work in the engineering field.



Jayce Newman – Jayce is a senior at Elkhorn High School. He has participated in baseball at school. Jayce has taken a Project Lead the Way course every year. He enjoys putting together car audio systems.



Caitlin Sanders – Caitlin is a senior at Big Foot High School. She participated in softball and volleyball until she tore her ACL. She is also involved in FFA.  She enjoys working on engines and welding.



Kyle Gorst – Kyle is a senior at Elkhorn High School. Kyle likes to fish and hunt. He participates in the swim and golf teams at school. He is an accomplished swimmer, making it to the State Swim Meet last year. He also enjoys country music.



Amanda Mudlaff – Amanda is a senior at East Troy High School. Amanda is the Captain of her Cheer and Pom Teams and participates in the Track and Field Team. She is a FFA member, Wrestling Manager, Multi-Cultural Club Member, and a Youth Cheerleading Coach. Amanda is also a National Honor Society member.

LAST MINUTE NEWS!     Jessica Flock (Sr., Elkhorn HS) has joined Precision Plus as an intern for school year 2014-2015.  Welcome!  More details to come!

The Last Two School Visits by Precision Plus During Academic Year 2013-2014 Were a True Testament to the Spirit of Collaboration

Michael Reader

During the 2013-2014 school year, Precision Plus has made a concerted effort to visit as many area schools as we possibly could. Neither Barry Butters, Director of Education and Training, nor Mike Reader, Precision Plus’ President, allowed snow or sleet, extremely cold temperatures, rain, or heat stop them from making themselves available for meetings, events, or to speak to a class full of students about manufacturing.

Butters explains to a student how a part is machined

The last two visits of the year were to the Real School in Racine, Wisconsin on their Career Day, and to Burlington Area High School to speak to students in Casey Miller’s advanced metals and pre-engineering classes. Both schools had invited Precision Plus to come to their facilities.

Butters demonstrates how the PartMaker software is used at Precision Plus

But, how did they know about Precision Plus and their efforts to close the manufacturing skills gap? These schools made use of a common resource: Inspire Wisconsin, powered by Career Cruising.

Inspire Wisconsin—the Pathway from Talent to Careers—has a distinct mission:

Inspire Wisconsin’s mission is to develop and disseminate an organized, integrated community-development platform for life-long career planning and learning which creates bridges between employers, educators and students and connects students and adult job seekers with work-based learning experiences and job opportunities.

By bringing all parties to the table–employers, educators, students, parents and job seekers, Inspire Wisconsin offers an opportunity for maximizing careers and talents. Its leadership says it all: respected individuals from education, industry, and government, who understand the importance of a highly skilled and educated workforce.

Finally, Career Cruising, developers of “The world’s most engaging and inspiring career learning program” makes it all possible. By integrating with Inspire Wisconsin, their tool can be used by Wisconsin schools. Their interactive program helps “people of ages achieve their full potential in school, career and life,” and provides an arena for matching needs with initiatives, and talent with careers.

And that is how, the last two visits of academic year 2013-2014 came to be. There were a direct result of separate entities working together: Inspire Wisconsin, Career Cruising, the schools, and Precision Plus No shots in the dark here. Instead, targeted, skilled shots that hit the bulls-eye.

Precision Plus looks forward to a great 2014-2015 year!