Madison – Governor Scott Walker traveled to Beloit this morning to tour Hendricks CareerTek in anticipation of its grand opening. Hendricks CareerTek is a privately-funded career center that will provide career development and training to the youth of the greater Beloit community.
“Wisconsin’s workforce is constantly evolving, and employers are currently struggling to find skilled workers to fill jobs in important industries like manufacturing,” Governor Walker said. “In order to bridge this skills gap, we need to get creative. Hendricks CareerTek is providing crucial services to the students of Beloit who are interested in exploring careers in high-demand Wisconsin industries. We applaud their efforts, and looking forward, we will continue to look for new ways to help our students pursue the educational and career path that is best for them.”
Hendricks CareerTek, created by the Stateline Boys and Girls Club in collaboration with Diane Hendricks, Kim Bliss, and the Hendricks Family Foundation, is a new career center located on the Beloit Ironworks campus. CareerTek will help address the growing need for highly-skilled workers in local Beloit businesses, specifically within the Ironworks campus itself. To make this a reality, Hendricks CareerTek has partnered with Irontek Business Incubator, the IT company Comply 365, the Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce, the School District of Beloit, and other local businesses.
Hendricks CareerTek will provide career development, education, and other opportunities to Beloit youth while also helping keep students in Wisconsin following high school and college graduation. It will work to get students interested in potential careers, create a functional workforce for local Beloit businesses and the state of Wisconsin, and provide workshops and other educational services to complement skills that are in high-demand by today’s workforce, such as coding, healthcare, manufacturing, and entrepreneurship.
Academic credit is not offered, but Hendricks CareerTek programs will provide tangible skills to students as they enter Wisconsin’s workforce or pursue secondary education at a university, tech school, or trade program.