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A skilled workforce is a need for every business, and the Eau Claire Area Economic Development Corporation works with local, regional, and state initiatives to help ensure our businesses have access to the workforce and training that they need to remain competitive in the global marketplace. 

Inspire Connections

The Inspire Connections program is proud to make it possible for students and adult career seekers to explore real careers with real professionals and employers. Inspire brings together employers, online career coaches, community organizations and schools with a shared goal of helping students and companies reach their goals and improving the workforce pipeline in Barron, Chippewa, Clark, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Rusk and St. Croix Counties.

Employers are absolutely vital to developing a robust talent pipeline in this region through participation in and the development of work-based learning programs, career mentorship and partnerships with schools. Inspire Connections provides a venue and a framework for employer relationships with secondary and post-secondary educational institutions across the region.

Click here to learn more about this free regional opportunity 


Youth Apprenticeship

Wisconsin's Youth Apprenticeship program is a part of a statewide School-to-Work initiative. It is designed for high school students who want hands-on learning in an occupational area at a worksite along with classroom instruction.

Youth Apprenticeship (YA) integrates school-based and work-based learning to instruct students in employability and occupational skills defined by Wisconsin industries. Local programs provide training based on statewide youth apprenticeship curriculum guidelines, endorsed by business and industry. Students are instructed by qualified teachers and skilled worksite mentors. Students are simultaneously enrolled in academic classes to meet high school graduation requirements, in a youth apprenticeship related instruction class, and are employed by a participating employer under the supervision of a skilled mentor.

Learn more about the YA Program by clicking here