Matt Waltz

/Matt Waltz
Matt Waltz2018-12-07T21:27:39+00:00


Director of Administration

Mr. Waltz has served in this capacity for 9 years, and under his tenure has helped to expand from one Milwaukee location, to five regional offices serving all of southern Wisconsin as well as providing technical assistance throughout the Midwest and other areas of the country. Prior to WRTP/BIG STEP, Mr. Waltz served as a Business Manager for a for-profit company and helped to secure consumer loan financing for hundreds of individuals each year.

Mr. Waltz has a Bachelor’s of Science in Business from Marian University, and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He also holds an SPHR certificate. Mr. Waltz sits on the Workforce Development Board of South East Wisconsin and is a Trustee for the Phi Sigma Kappa Foundation. Mr. Waltz also sits as a board member for Consortium America, LLC, a nationally certified Community Development Entity based in Washington, DC. Consortium America is controlled and managed by the Trammell Crow Company, a national real estate development and investment firm that has developed and acquired over 500 million square feet of real estate, representing $50 billion in value and deploying over $700 million in New Market Tax Credits since 2004.

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.
WRTP was initially created to renew our traditional industrial base in the Milwaukee area during the 1990s. The recovery of manufacturing, retirement of an aging workforce, and diversification of the regional economy created a growing skills shortage by the end of the decade. In response to this threat to economic growth and prosperity, we created our successful model of pre-employment training for job seekers to qualify for family-sustaining jobs in the industrial sector.
Supported by public, private, and philanthropic investments, WRTP | BIG STEP’s mission is to assist economically disadvantaged minorities, women, and youth (primarily from the central-city) develop the skills needed to participate meaningfully in the workforce and share in the area economy while ensuring that member companies have the skilled workers needed to prosper and grow in a competitive global economy.


Jan 22, 2019

In partnership with the Wis DOT, local stakeholders, the WI Fast Forward Grant and the Walbec Group (which is the parent company of Payne and Dolan and Zenith Tech), I am excited to announce the upcoming training opportunity and recruitment date of January 22 for the next Racine class. The Walbec Group will be assisting with recruitment, screening and training and will be sourcing Spring 2019 hires from this training cohort. Class will start 1/28/2019 and will run through 3/8/2019 and will be held Monday-Friday 8 am to 4 pm. The locations for training will vary from the Racine Gateway Campus, Gateway iMET Center and training centers in the area.

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Jan 23, 2019

WRTP/BIG STEP, in collaboration with the Ironworkers Local 383, are recruiting qualified candidates for the Ironworkers Apprenticeship Program. Please come to the Ironworkers Recruitment and Informational session to learn more about the Ironworkers trade and apprenticeship opportunities within the union. Contractors and union representatives will be present to answer your questions. Applications for the Ironworkers Apprenticeship Program will be available during this session.

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