Sarah Alvarez contributed to this story.
Unemployment numbers in the Midwest are bad. Not as bad as when the recession was at its worst, but there are still a lot of people looking for jobs. Even so, we keep hearing that some employers can’t find enough skilled workers. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder says in his state alone, there are more than 77,000 job openings that can’t be filled.
There is really only one way to bridge that gap. People need training. And the way people are getting that training is changing.
Wendy Whitmore is the CEO of EMR Approved, a company in Chicago that works with doctors and hospitals that are making the switch to electronic medical records.
Four years ago, EMR Approved didn’t exist. Back then, Wendy Whitmore was running SSG Consulting, an IT consulting firm that wasn’t doing so well.
So she decided to try something new, and she took 12 of her employees with her.
Whitmore still runs SSG Consulting, and some of her employees straddle both businesses, but what they’re doing now is totally new.