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Father's Day

June 18, 2018

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Dual Enrollment

May 23, 2018

Drive around any industrial complex in District 5 and you will be struck by the number of ‘Help Wanted’ signs. Our area has a shortage of trained workers which will intensify once Foxxcon starts looking for employees. To relieve this shortage, area businesses have been partnering with WCTC and local high schools to encourage students to get technical or trade degrees while still in high school. I have seen the rise in these programs over the past five years among patients in my practice. They offer work and life experience to students who otherwise might flounder after high school. In order to better understand the strengths and weaknesses of such programs I have met with business leaders, business owners, human resource VPs, and school superintendents. I have similar meetings scheduled in the next few weeks. What I have found is that we have school personnel who are passionate about identifying students who are interested in trades or tech degrees and many businesses willing to support these students. Dr. Pat Greco, school superintendent at Menomonee Falls school district, aims to have 100% of her students choose a general area of study before graduating from high school. This not only saves money for the students going to college, but also gives a head start to students interested in trades or apprenticeships.
WCTC’s Dual Enrollment Academy has grown since its inception eight years ago and now allows for study in Tool and Die, Welding, Automation Systems, IT, Protective Services, Building Construction Trades and Hospitality Specialist areas. Businesses like Trace-a-Matic in Brookfield have combined an inclusive corporate culture with a bonus system based on grades to provide positive experiences for these students and are seeing the benefit in a well trained crop of new hires who are mature and loyal to their company. Bryan Obst, the HR recruiter at Trace-a-Matic has put together a program that offers diligent students an opportunity for a well paid career. In today’s world of tech-heavy industry these programs will only grow in importance. In Congress I will explore ways the Federal government can support similar programs across the country.

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Jump for Archie

May 20, 2018

Yesterday I jumped in Lac LaBelle to raise awareness of the opioid epidemic and to support efforts to prevent opioid addiction. Paul Farrow, Lauri Badura and Tim Westlake MD are working hard in Waukesha County and in Washington DC to end this scourge. In 2008 a 19 year old patient of mine died of a heroin overdose. Since then I have seen a steady increase in children orphaned by opioids, babies born addicted and in withdrawal and families entering foster care because the parents are either incapacitated or incarcerated. Congress has been slow to pass legislation to get control over the epidemic and the bills that have passed have been greatly underfunded. This lack of response is one of the main reasons I am running for Congress. We need people with energy and passion who understand the impact opioids have had on our communities and will work with the urgency this issue deserves.

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Happy Graduation, Jack

May 20, 2018

It was great to have all my kids home this weekend.

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School Safety

March 19, 2018

To best address school safety we need to consider the input of teachers and school personnel as well as safety experts. I have spoken with members of the school board and with teachers in our district and I will meet with school superintendents to fully understand the possibilities and the limitations of establishing a safe environment for our children.

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Announcing my Candidacy

March 02, 2018

I officially announced my candidacy on February 28, 2018! Here's a transcript of the speech I gave that night.

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Fiscal Responsibility & Supporting Business

February 17, 2018

I will work to minimize waste and excess spending, limit deficit spending, and make sure tax cuts translate into better jobs and higher wages for working Americans.

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Women's Issues

February 17, 2018

In order to become successful and self-reliant citizens, women need control of their fertility.

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The Second Amendment

February 17, 2018

The Second Amendment guarantees our right to bear arms, but common sense dictates that gun ownership should be restricted to only those people who are legally eligible to own guns.

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The Opioid Epidemic

February 17, 2018

We need more healthcare providers trained to treat and prevent addiction.

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The Challenge of Medical Care

February 17, 2018

We need physicians involved in the development of this country's next health plan.

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A Prescription for Change

February 16, 2018

My name is Dr. Jennifer Hoppe Vipond, and I am running to represent Wisconsin’s fifth congressional district in the United States House of Representatives.

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