Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce (RAMAC) highlighted Higher Expectations’ employment work in the spring issue of The RAMAC Voice. RAMAC serves as a voice for Racine County businesses and supports initiatives focused on education and economic development, including Higher Expectations. Last year, RAMAC and Higher Expectations worked together with the Department of Workforce Development to create a 2016 Workforce Skills Gap Survey to assess the current labor market in the area. The key take-away from this survey is that over half of the survey respondents who do not offer work-based learning opportunities are open to providing work-based learning in the future. Higher Expectations brought together community leaders, school district representatives, post-secondary institutions, and business leaders for a Labor Force Symposium to share the survey and collaborate on opportunities to provide work-based learning in Racine County.
There are many ways to have an impact on Racine County’s workforce. Currently, businesses can work with RUSD’s Academies of Racine through the following Opportunities to Engage:
- Providing tours of your companies
- Offering job shadowing
- Speaking in classrooms
- Joining the next freshman class at the SEE Your Future Expo
- Guiding students as Pathway Mentors
- Guiding career programs as a part of the Advisory Council for the Career Pathway Impact Team
- Offering externships to teachers
- Creating student internships and/or youth apprenticeships at your business
Higher Expectations invites Racine County businesses and organizations to connect with Racine County students. If you are interested in getting involved in work-based learning, please let us know! Visit us at HigherExpectationsRacineCounty.org or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.