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The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee hosted a visit to the city in June by actor John Ratzenberger to raise concern about the projected shortages of qualified skilled laborers in Wisconsin and throughout the United States and to discuss the importance of promoting awareness of career opportunities in the skilled trades.

Best known for his role as Cliff Clavin on the Emmy Award-winning comedy Cheers, Ratzenberger is now engaging young people in career preparation for well-paid, fulfilling jobs that require hands-on skills.  He produced and hosted the series Made in America, which showcases the legacy of America's manufacturing heritage and highlighted the new American heroes whom he considers the backbone of the U.S. economy.  He believes that a new emphasis on skilled trades can build individual success, while also reshaping the ideals of the work ethic, community involvement, and civic pride.

Ratzenberger is founder of the Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs Foundation, which hosts summer camps for and provides scholarships to the next generation of manufacturers, welders, plumbers, carpenters, and more -- one tinkerer at a time.

As part of the visit, Ratzenberger spent some time at the Milwaukee Public Schools system's Lynde & Harry Bradley Technology and Trade School.  He observed a student construction project and toured the facility where students receive training in plumbing, electricity, robotics, and carpentry.  The Bradley Foundation has supported projects at Bradley Tech.
Ratzenberger was interviewed by radio talk-show host Hugh Hewitt about his tour of Milwaukee, an audio clip of which is available online.
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