(Sussex, WI) – Waukesha Metal Products is participating in a program launched by the Council of Small Business Executives (COSBE) aimed at giving nearly 1,800 MPS students the chance to get an inside look at the diverse businesses that help grow the Milwaukee area economy. COSBE, the small business arm of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, is partnering with 50 small businesses representing a wide variety of industries to provide guided company tours where students will meet and interact with employees in a host of different jobs. On February 8, 2016, Waukesha Metal Products will bring about 20 students from Golda Meir School to its facility.

“Providing career exploration opportunities like the Be the Spark business tours helps establish a link between the students and our businesses,” says Clark, “We need these students to fill the talent pipeline for the region’s economic vitality!”

“The ‘Be the Spark’ program gives kids a chance to learn not only what a company makes and does, but also what it takes to get those jobs,” said Mary Steinbrecher, COSBE executive director. “COSBE is dedicated to helping our region ensure a strong and sustainable workforce. The key to the success of our businesses – and the entire region – is building a pipeline of future talent.”

“Milwaukee Public Schools is committed to ensuring that all graduates are college and career ready and a key component of that is showcasing career pathways,” MPS Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver said. “We are grateful to the 50 COSBE companies for opening their doors to our students. This experience gives students the opportunity to see the different pathways available at these local businesses firsthand — and it gives them the opportunity to see how those pathways connect with what they’re learning in the classroom.”

From humble beginnings as a two man tool and die shop, Waukesha® Metal Products is a full-service manufacturer of the best-value parts and assemblies in the industry since 1971. With facilities in Grafton and Sussex, Wisconsin, and San Luis Potosí, Mexico, Waukesha Metal Products focuses on process excellence to provide metalformed products that are engineered for durability and strength.

COSBE represents small business members of the MMAC with 1-300 employees. MMAC and COSBE advocate for a strong business environment and support the economic development of the region.