Marano Fellows Class of 2010

Name: Anne Rodgers-Rhyme

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Primary Industry Sector: Advanced Manufacturing
Type of Organization: State government

“As a public policy advisor responsible for overseeing industry partnership funds I believe that a sector approach is the only way to meet the needs of both employers and workers. IPs help employers seeking higher productivity and competitive skilled workforce and helps workers wanting to improve skills that lead to better jobs and family sustaining wages.”

Organizational Mission: The Mission of the DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT is to provide a system of employment-focused programs and services that enable individuals and employers to fully participate in Wisconsin's economy. The GOAL is to strengthen Wisconsin's workforce by establishing partnerships with employers and other state agencies and to serve all people looking for employment efficiently and effectively by providing information, education and services on demand.

Interest in Sector Work: DWD carries out its mission through the expansion of Wisconsin Industry Partnerships. The industry partnership effort is closely tied to the Governor's agenda to create jobs, ensure employers have skilled workers, align education and training programs with employer needs and follow a career pathway. In partnership with the WI Technical College System career pathways and ABE bridge programs, industry partnerships develop strategies and build systems that lead to higher productivity, competitive skilled workforce and family sustaining wages.

The WI Council on Workforce Development advises the Governor on WIA and has created three new Sector Subcommittees to align with the state’s high growth, high need sectors: health care, energy and advanced manufacturing. In addition to these sectors the WI Industry Partnership effort provides funding and technical assistance to the following sectors: construction, bio-fuels, bio-composites, water, wind, agribusiness, power controls, and information technology.