See below for how to maneuver past the construction on the Wisconsin Ave. and to our office.

Our Mission

WRTP/BIG STEP is a 501(c)3 nonprofit workforce intermediary dedicated to connecting people to family-sustaining jobs.

Our mission is to enhance the ability of public and private sector organizations to recruit, develop, and retain a more diverse, qualified workforce in construction, manufacturing and emerging sectors of the regional economy.

By being industry led, worker centered, and community focused, WRTP/BIG STEP helps under-employed, under-served, and under-represented individuals succeed in well-paying careers while exceeding industry’s workforce needs.

The Latest

Racine’s First Class of Road Builders

“As economic development projects surge, the need for new roads is also expanding, and workers are needed to build those roads.

Recognizing the shortage of workers, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, in a collaborative partnership with the Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership and Gateway Technical College’s engineering unit, just completed the first of a series of intensive, three-week road-building certificate programs.”

View the full article here.

Recruitment Event in Milwaukee Northern Suburbs

You can also download the flyer here.

Construction on Wisconsin Ave.

Due to the construction on Wisconsin Ave., which will block 38th Street, we are directing everyone to arrive at our building from the south (Michigan St.). A map below has additional directions (or download the map here for better viewing).

June 2018 Update from the City of Milwaukee:

Progress thus far:
– Both private and public utilities have been upgrading their facilities
– Completed the removal of pavement, and grading on the south side of the street
– Finishing the installation of concrete curb and gutter
– Pouring concrete pavement in the intersections

Next Steps:
– Continue mainline concrete pavement from east of 35th St.
– Install electrical conduits behind curb line
– Anticipate sidewalk and driveway approach removal work to begin in early July

Reaching New Heights: Our Seventh Annual Open House

A big thank you to everyone who has helped us build another great year in the history of WRTP/BIG STEP. Congratulations to this year’s awardees – your success is the reason we do this work. Also, a special thank you to all of our event sponsors for helping make this a great event.

Graduating Our Second MC3-HSED Class

Bradley Tech MC3 Graduating Class

On May 16, we graduated our Bradley Tech MC3 class. The course was taught by an MC3 instructor and sponsored by the Milwaukee Bucks, with the curriculum being the Multi-Craft Core Curriculum.

Recruiting for next HSED-MC3 Class for June!

The next class starts in June! Give us a call if you’re interested in learning more.

Download the full flyer here.

Racine Office Open for Business!

“I know people from Racine are hard-working, good people,” said Racine Mayor Cory Mason. “If you give the skills, and the opportunity, they will succeed. That’s what today is really about – BIG STEP and Gateway, together with the city and the county, are going to blow the doors of opportunity wide open so that average working-class people right here in the city of Racine can walk right through there and succeed.”

An opening ceremony was held April 9 for the new WRTP/BIG STEP office at Gateway Technical College in downtown Racine. The new office will expand the reach of WRTP/BIG STEP and the services offered at the Gateway Racine campus, with the aim of training workers for the skilled trades.

The Wisconsin Building Trades Council donated $100,000 to WRPT/BIG STEP as a sign of the group’s commitment to back the training that will be ongoing at the group’s new office at its new Gateway’s Racine Campus location. Terry McGowan, President and business manager for the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 139 and a member of the Wisconsin Technical College System Board, presented the check, while telling the audience, “This is a sign of our commitment to get this thing done and build it right.”

As WRTP/BIG STEP President and CEO Mark Kessenich stated, “They know they need to have a talent pipeline, they know they will have to respond to the demands of the Foxconn project and everything related to that. So, it’s about industry bringing BIG STEP to Racine and forging that partnership in order to connect residents to career opportunities in the trades.”

Training is offered free of charge. Interested participants can learn more by calling 262-619-6560.