SC Johnson is proud to have partnered with Gateway Technical College in the development and funding of this highly successful program. In addition to providing important job skills that today’s employers are seeking, the Boot Camp program also helped connect companies with individuals who are nimble in a changing manufacturing environment.
— Kelly M. Semrau, Senior Vice President – Global Corporate Affairs, Communication and Sustainability
anticipate a shortage of skilled workers
The local community was faced with high unemployment and a shortage of skilled workers. 80% of manufacturers anticipated shortages of skilled production workers due to a shrinking manufacturing talent pipeline. As of May 2017, there were only 43,565 resumes posted to the Wisconsin Job Center that had over 104,000 open jobs listed, 55% of which were middle-skill jobs.
Finding and training workers to fill open jobs is difficult, and it’s made even more so with the lack of a robust pipeline.
SC Johnson partnered with Gateway Technical College to give the unemployed and underemployed opportunities to gain the in-demand skills that today’s employers are seeking and help address the area’s skills gap. The 14-week Boot Camp certificate program provides participants with a fast-track opportunity to receive technical training in manufacturing and the industrial trades, as well as valuable life and career skills.
By working with local workforce development agencies, this model was designed to support those looking for work in the city of Racine, WI and its surrounding communities. With a 95% job placement rate, graduates who were previously unemployed or underemployed are being hired by local employers and engaging in family-supporting jobs.
Industry leaders from across sectors came together to support the Racine, Kenosha, and Walworth communities, connecting underemployed and unemployed individuals who were looking for work, to programs at Gateway that could help provide the skills needed for successful career pathways in the industries driving Wisconsin’s economy.
Boot camps in computer numerical control (CNC) machining, IT, telecom, welding, metal fabrication, industrial robotics, and health care are 14 weeks (8 hours a day, 5 days a week) and have resulted in more than 700 people entering the workforce, helping address the workforce needs of the community while establishing economic opportunities for each of their families.
93% graduation rate
from the program with credentials aligned to business needs, multiple job offers, and zero debt
brought opportunity for economic advancement to more than
700 Wisconsin families
more than $3 million
donated by SC Johnson toward this program in addition to other resources
The Partnerships that Make it Possible
The success of the partnership between SC Johnson and Gateway Technical College was largely dependent on the employers that advised, volunteered their knowledge, and ultimately hired student graduates, but other organizations that contributed to this success were:
- Racine, Kenosha, and Walworth County Workforce Development Centers
- Gateway Technical College Foundation
- Area High School Partners
- The Racine Department of Corrections
- The County of Racine