News Release

Published on Friday, April 01, 2005

BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. - Western Wisconsin Technical College (WWTC) and The Black River Area Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring an information session discussing the impact of the 2004 State of the Workforce Report on western Wisconsin. The event will be held Wednesday, April 13, from 1:00-2:30 p.m., at the WWTC-Black River Falls Campus, 808 Red Iron Road.

In 2003, the Western Wisconsin Workforce Development Board, Inc. released its first “State of the Workforce Report.” The report pointed to the fact that by 2010, the United States will be facing a labor shortage. How will this labor shortage affect western Wisconsin or will western Wisconsin even have a severe labor shortage? These are the questions that were asked and will be answered in the 2004 State of the Workforce Report, which will be unveiled in this session. Learn just what the composition of our workforce will look like in 2010, the occupations that are considered to be the fastest growing, and what employers can do to help recruit and retain workers.

The event features keynote speaker Beth Sullivan, director of Planning for Workforce Connections, Inc. She has served as director and has been involved in workforce development issues for the past 10 years. Recently, she has led the research and analysis for the State of the Workforce Reports, as well as area-wide employee retention and job vacancy surveys. Sullivan has a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

The public is invited to attend this free informative seminar. To register, call Marianne Torkelson at 715.299.2334 or e-mail

For information about additional WWTC programs and services, please call 715-284-2253 or visit the WWTC Web site at