WRTP and BIG STEP formally merge their Boards of Directors as they cement themselves as a single organization.
Backed by the support of Governor Jim Doyle, WRTP | BIG STEP establishes the Center of Excellence (COE) for Skilled Trades & Industry.
The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation selects WRTP for a national Sector Employment Impact Study.
WRTP and BIG STEP partner to facilitate the effective coordination of employer-driven worker readiness, ensuring prospective workers gain the skills and experiences required by employers.
WRTP is awarded a demonstration grant from the United States Department of Labor to replicate the program in other sectors of the nation.
WRTP receives funds from the Annie E. Casey Foundation to develop a model program in manufacturing training.
The Commission on a Quality Workforce recommends the development of partnerships between business, labor, and government to renew the industrial base in the Milwaukee area, and WRTP is born.
BIG STEP is founded, evolving from the efforts started in 1967 by Vince Toran and Project Leap.