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Manufacturing is the engine that drives American prosperity. Often the perception is that the heyday of U.S. manufacturing is in the past. Nothing could be further from the truth! Wisconsin is tied as the number one manufacturer in the United States and employs 16% of our labor force.

Manufacturing establishments engage in the mechanical, physical, or chemical transformation of materials, substances, or components into new products.


Furthermore, all manufacturing workers need to possess flexibility of skills in order to respond to rapidly changing industry demands. Therefore, the Manufacturing YA program was structured to require industry-wide foundational skills and industry-specific technical skills.


“The Youth Apprenticeship Program has given me two years of job experience and could end in a a job and career. My two years of job experience took place at a top-notch facility that offers the best of the best. I’ve worked with great people at EK Machine; because there are only 160 employees at the current time, it’s like one big family. Joining the program was the right choice for me and it’s going to help my future.”

- Keith Johnson, Class of 2016, Sun Prairie

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Business Partners that support Youth Apprenticeship:

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