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Ringhand, Schmidt discuss job skills gap
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MONROE - Janis Ringhand, D-Evansville, and Beth Schmidt, R-Orfordville, are drumming on the issue of closing the job skills gap but coming at it from slightly different angles, as they vie to represent the 45th Assembly District in the Nov. 6 election.Addressing the job skills problem would help not only Green and Rock counties, but the rest of the state as well, Ringhand said. Ringhand, who has represented the 80th Assembly District for two years until redistricting put her in the 45th district, said she has been working with Blackhawk Technical College and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to create a manufacturing technology center in southern Wisconsin and fund individual training. Employers and schools officials are aware of the manufacturing and technology gap, she said, and BTC has been working with private industry leaders in Green and Rock counties to find out what they need and to bring students up to speed for those jobs.