Workforce development has become even more important in the southeastern Wisconsin region now that Taiwanese electronics company Foxconn announced July 26 that it plans to build a $10 billion plant that could employ up to 13,000 people. The plant is expected to open in 2020 and would employ 3,000 immediately with the possibility of adding more. The economic ripple effect in the area of the plant – which is likely to be near I-94 in southeastern Wisconsin, according to media reports – will likely add thousands of more jobs, officials have said.
Herzing University, based in Menomonee Falls, WI, is uniquely positioned to help develop future employees at Foxconn. Herzing University President Renee Herzing issued this statement about the project:
“Herzing University is excited about the economic growth in southeastern Wisconsin that will come from the Foxconn plant. We will be a resource to Foxconn and the community, helping to train residents for quality jobs. As a career-focused educational partner, Herzing will meet Foxconn’s needs, ranging from positions on the associate or diploma level that require custom training to management jobs that necessitate bachelor’s and master’s degrees in project management, technology management, HR and accounting. Herzing’s Kenosha and online campuses, as well as locations in nearby Brookfield and Madison, are nimble and employer-responsive, partnering with regional organizations in Wisconsin and Northern Illinois to educate and train a growing workforce.”