The recent announcement that Logistics Health Incorporated
will be adding 12-hundred jobs as a result of federal
has some wondering how those jobs will be filled.
But part of the answer may lie right here with our
colleges and universities.
News eight's Eric Jacobson has been looking into the
impact of this announcement all week and joins us
Mike and Martha,
L-H-I Founder Don Weber has said that in order to
meet the job demands of the 3 billion dollar federal
the company will need to recruit nationally and throughout
But one local college is especially capable of quickly
adapting to a city's needs.
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These students at Western Technical College are preparing
for a career in the medical field.
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And these students are at a school.
where they are uniquly prepared to tackle the challenges
of a dynamic job market.
We use EMSI economic data to help us with our projections
on what programs to offer, how many students to take
in, how to size our programs correctly, so we are
tied to what the industry needs.
Even before LHI's annoucement.
Western has been working to further develop their
Some of it was in place, that's probabaly good timing.
We're adding an additional section of medical assistant
now that demand has recently increased.
LHI Founder Don Weber says while plenty of the 1,200
jobs will involve the medical field.
there's a growing need for other services at LHI as
We also have finance people, IT people, data processing,
customer service, it's a broad base.
And that growing need from LHI is already changing
the thinking at Western.
You might have seen that they are looking for people
that understand data in part of this, and so we've
started a new program this past year, and they were
one of the key supporters to say, as our business
model grows, we need more business analysts.
So we've started a brand new program related to that.
While LHI is also recruiting nationally for their
Weber knows La Crosse is a good place to start.
We've got a lot of resources behind us, and there's
a lot of talent here.
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I also spoke with Viterbo .
who regularly meets with employers as well to determine
employment needs in the community.
They also talked about strengthening internship programs.
hoping to connect students to employers earlier in
According to Weber.
300 of the 12-hundred jobs will be filled by the end
As part of the federal contracts.
the rest of those jobs must be filled by next October.