Paving The Way2022-03-07T11:14:45-06:00


WRTP | BIG STEP is paving the way to make sure everyone has a pathway to a family-supporting career. We are curious and courageous people who boldly work toward building impactful connections between people and industry in innovative and equitable ways: we are the change-makers.


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.


Traditionally underrepresented and underemployed people, particularly women and people of color, must have access to education, training, and supportive equitable placement opportunities. This is accomplished through:

  • Inventive pre-apprenticeship programs leading to apprenticeship placements

  • Access to specialized training and placement for disenfranchised populations

  • Consistent apprenticeship sponsorship and support

  • Targeted curriculum for individual and cohort learning with direct career pathways

Industry employers and labor organizations are full partners in creating career pathways and opportunities that are safe, skill-focused, and culturally competent. This is accomplished through:

  • Consistent implementation of evidence-based intercultural workforce learning

  • Developing and supporting an accessible skilled talent pipeline

  • Collaborative, focused working groups that identify and reduce barriers in real time

Holistic planning and technical assistance that expands career opportunities for people and industry in a dynamic workforce community. This is accomplished through:

  • Spearheading research and trend identification and communicating results

  • Agile and innovative responses to unique industry needs

  • Provision of targeted technical assistance



Our team members are the change-makers who:

  1. Set ambitious goals tied directly to our mission in order to achieve measurable outcomes.
  2. Focus on empowering our participants through shared expertise and experience.
  3. Engage in meaningful and continuous learning in order to bring our best selves to the mission.

Our board members are the visionaries who:

  1. Engage in strategic and thoughtful discussion to better identify impactful pathways for participants and industry partners.
  2. Build networks for organizational advancement and effectiveness.
  3. Set ambitious organizational goals that drive us toward achieving our vision.

We build the complex collaborative networks that:

  1. Focus on multi-faceted resource strategies that contribute to a strong and healthy organization.
  2. Diversify resource streams for stability.
  3. Drive innovation in social entrepreneurship.

We are integral to our communities in closing the communication gap by:

  1. Breaking down communication barriers among partners.
  2. Creating dialogue around trends, research, diversity, and equity.
  3. Identifying and collaboratively bringing all voices to the discussion

We activate and connect our industry partners to drive the workforce development system to be responsive by:

  1. Navigating the complex workforce development network with industry partners.
  2. Actively contributing to the talent pipeline that industry needs.
  3. Working together on diversity, equity, and inclusion goals for real impact.

Our experience and perspective uniquely position us to:

  1. Advocate for diversity, equity, inclusion, and cultural competence.
  2. Provide expertise in policy creation and implementation.
  3. Proactively identify ways to incorporate partners for change.



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