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Traci Tapani Testifies at Congressional Hearing on Workforce Skills Gap

Wednesday, May 9, 2018  
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Traci Tapani, Co-Owner of Wyoming Machine, Inc., based in Stacy, Minn., and national expert on workforce development and the skills gap, testified at a hearing May 9 held by The Congressional Committee on Education and the Workforce. The hearing examined the skills gap between high school graduates and skilled positions, especially in manufacturing. 
 
The Manufacturing Institute estimates that 2,000,000 manufacturing jobs will go unfilled in the next 10 years.
Tapani discussed the skilled worker shortage and the creative solutions she and sister and Co-President Lori Tapani use to find and train employees. The sisters work closely with community and technical colleges, as well as high schools and even grade school children to inspire technical educations and careers in manufacturing.
 
The Tapani sisters’ efforts are widely recognized. Last year they won the W.O. Lawton Business Leadership Award in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB). The annual award honors one large and one small business or organization committing time, money and leadership to enhance their community’s workforce and economy. The award also salutes the recipients’ partnership with their local Workforce Development Board.
 
Both Lori and Traci have also received the national STEP Award. The STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Award is given annually to honor  the achievements of women in manufacturing.
 
To view the hearing, click here.