Training, Education & Research
With more than 30 universities and colleges calling the area home, the Milwaukee Region offers a wealth of research, education and training opportunities for businesses.
Each year, more than 18,000 students graduate from one of the region’s universities and colleges, which include Marquette University, the Medical College of Wisconsin, the Milwaukee School of Engineering and the University of Wisconsin, which serves the region with four campuses – UW-Milwaukee, UW-Parkside, UW-Waukesha and UW-Whitewater. Another 3,000 students receive advanced degrees in business, engineering, mathematics, medicine and the liberal arts.
Wisconsin was the first state in the nation to establish a vocational educational system and it is still regarded as one of the best. Each of the four technical colleges serving the area – Gateway Technical College, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Moraine Park Technical College and Waukesha County Technical College – has an extensive workforce training program.
Wisconsin's Center for Technology Commercialization provides one-on-one assistance to early-stage emerging technology businesses throughout Wisconsin, offering assistance with funding acquisition efforts through the federal Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) programs. CTC has in-house experts with 60 years of combined experience and have collaborated in acquiring more than $100 million in federal and other funding for its clients.
Technology Transfer and Advanced Manufacturing Resources
The Wisconsin Technology Council is the independent, non-profit science and technology adviser to the governor and the Legislature, and a partner on a number of programs aimed at entrepreneurs and investors. The Tech Council manages the Governor’s Business Plan Contest, the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference, the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium and Resource Rendezvous, all of which help entrepreneurs connect and acquire skills.
The Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WMEP) is a nonprofit consulting organization that provides technical expertise and hands-on implementation assistance to small- and mid-size manufacturing firms on advanced manufacturing technologies and business practices. WMEP is a leader in lean manufacturing, strategic business development, quality systems and supplier development. WMEP, which has worked with more than 500 Wisconsin manufacturers in the past year, has joined with the Milwaukee 7 to promote next-generation manufacturing in the region, and voiced strong support for the Milwaukee 7's plan to target small and mid-size manufacturers as part of its economic development strategy.