The WEDA Invites Precision Plus’ Mike Reader to Speak at the 20th Annual Governor’s Conference on Economic Development in Madison, Wisconsin

Michael Reader

Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA) will hold its 20th Annual Governor’s Conference on Economic Development on February 11-13, 2015. This year’s conference theme is “Shifting Sands – Preparing for the Future,” and will take place at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center in Madison, Wisconsin.

Mike Reader, President of Precision Plus. has accepted an invitation to speak at a breakout session entitled “Best in Class: Best in Manufacturing,” to be held on Thursday, February 12, 2015 from 2:25 pm until 4:00 pm.

According to Bruce Kepner, Economic Development Manager, of Alliant Energy, who is also a co-chair for the 2015 conference, “One of the topic areas that will be covered at this year’s conference is workforce development and new and innovative programs that Wisconsin companies are using to meet the need for skilled talent.”

Kepner, who visited the Precision Plus facility in June 2014, was impressed with the company’s progressive educational initiatives, and thought it would be “an approach others would benefit from learning about. “

Mike will join two other speakers: Michael Shiels, Dean, School of Applied Technologies at Waukesha Technical College Dual Enrollment Academy; and Lori Peacock, Career and Technical Education Partnerships and Program Coordinator at Bay Link Manufacturing of the Green Bay Area Public School District. Barb LaMue of the WEDC will moderate this session.

This session will explore the unique “best practices” work-based/school-based educational models that each organization represented has put in motion to increase awareness, skill development and promote leadership within Wisconsin’s manufacturing workforce.

The conference kicks off on February 11th with WEDA’s Legislative Day and continues on the 12th and 13th. In addition to engaging breakout sessions, the conference will feature renowned keynote speakers and diverse sessions with speakers focusing on Wisconsin’s shifting economy.

Click here for more information on the WEDA’s 20th Annual Governor’s Conference on Economic Development.

Celebrating STEM Education Week with Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Wisconsin at the Capitol Rotunda

Michael Reader

Precision Plus was thrilled to be a part of STEM Education Week, proclaimed by Wisconsin’s Gov. Scott Walker, and celebrated throughout Wisconsin from March 10 until March 15, 2014.  This image is from an exhibit at Wisconsin’s Capitol’s Rotunda on March 14, 2014.

Photo courtesy of Elkhorn Area High School.

Over 50 middle schools and high schools were represented at this exhibit, where student showcased real-world solutions to problems that were achieved as a result of their involvement with Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Wisconsin’s initiative, whose vision is “to ignite the spark of American ingenuity, creativity and imagination within all our students.”

Precision Plus’ Brad Pearson, Intern and
Barry Butters, Director of Education & Training

Indeed a great day for Wisconsin’s future leaders!