Higher Expectations News

20
Sep
Higher Expectations Presents at National Ford NGL Leadership Council Meeting

In September, Higher Expectations' Employer Engagement Manager Carolynn Friesch and Racine Unified Chief of Secondary Transformation Dan Thielen attended a National Leadership Council Meeting f...

7
Sep
Journal Times: Program courts young adults looking for IT work

​ This year, Higher Expectations brought key partners together around the need for skilled Information Technology (IT) employees within Racine County. The IT Network, which is a part of Highe...

22
Aug
Journal Times: At Wingspread, officials say Unified is continuing to move forward

Last week, Racine Unified Schools brought community leaders together to report on their "Raising Racine 2022" plan for the next five years. This event highlighted the great work happening at al...

17
Aug
Goal: Grow area apprenticeships from 70 to 300

Increasing access to work-based learning opportunities is a key pillar of Racine Unified's Academies of Racine. That's why Higher Expectations has partnered with the Academies of Racine in thei...

10
Aug
United Way releases Community Conversations report

Higher Expectations' work with United Way of Racine County on Race, Equity, and Inclusion was highlighted at United Way's Community Conversations 2017 Report Out to the Community. During the...

1
Aug
StriveTogether: From data to impact

Higher Expectations is excited to share that our Data Manager, Matt Snyder, was recently highlighted by StriveTogether for his great work visualizing Racine County data. Last week, StriveTogeth...

28
Jul
Journal Times editorial: Good reasons for Foxconn's interest here

Recently, the work that Higher Expectations is doing with its partners to support our vision of a fully capable and employed Racine County Workforce was highlighted by the Journal Times Editori...

25
Jul
Journal Times: Racine Academies year one dubbed a success

Now that the first class of Racine Unified’s Academies of Racine students has completed the Freshman Academy, RUSD was able to present a year full of successes to the Racine County Workforce ...

21
Jul
Kindergarten Readiness Network Writing Book with Alexander McNeece

The Higher Expectations Kindergarten Readiness Network - a group of dedicated volunteers and practitioners focused on ensuring that kids start school ready to learn - has partnered with Racine ...

18
Jul
Higher Expectations and United Way of Racine County Collaborate on Race & Equity

Higher Expectations for Racine County and United Way of Racine County have been working together to focus on improving lives in our community, with a specific focus on race and equity. This past Su...

7
Jul
Higher Expectations Joins UWRC at Schools of Hope Report Out Event

Through third grade, children learn to read. From the fourth grade on, they read to learn. Research shows third-grade reading proficiency is a powerful predictor of later academic achievement. ...

29
Jun
Through Academies, Park donates tiny house to veteran village

Park High School students donated a tiny house to the Veteran’s Outreach of Wisconsin for their tiny house community village for veterans. The house was built by students in Park High Sch...

27
Jun
Higher Expectations and RAMAC Join RUSD Academy Students at Park High School

This Spring, Higher Expectations partnered with Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce (RAMAC) and the RUSD Academies of Racine to bring RUSD Academy students and staff together with local empl...

21
Jun
Journal Times Editorial: After-school programs work and should be funded

Recently, the Journal Times published an editorial in support of after-school programs. The Editorial Board noted that data from Racine Unified Schools and the Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction...

8
Jun
Higher Expectations Partners with WPRI on Child Care Report

​"Early childhood investments benefit all of society, not only participating children and families… Research shows that early childhood education programs for disadvantaged children can ...

31
May
Knapp Community School Gains Attention

The Racine Journal Times highlighted progress at Knapp Elementary as its first year under the new community-school model comes to a close. Already, Knapp has provided more than 600 hours of aft...

24
May
County Executive Jonathan Delagrave's State of the County Address

County Executive Jonathan Delagrave shared the State of the County last night at his annual address. He expressed his pride in the success of recent Racine County initiatives and developments, from...

22
May
Data and Evaluation Coordinator VISTA Position

We are looking for individuals who are passionate about the Racine community and have experience collecting and analyzing data for our new VISTA position. Sponsored through AmeriCorps, the Data...

9
May
RUSD Teachers Focus on Continuous Improvement in the Classroom

Racine Unified School District and Higher Expectations have been working together to implement Continuous Improvement practices in RUSD schools. The Continuous Improvement Model continuously use...

5
May
RUSD Students Celebrate College Signing Day

Seniors at Racine Unified Schools shared their plans to attain a post-secondary education to celebrate College Signing Day. College Signing Day was created as part of former first lady, Michelle Ob...

2
May
Week of the Young Child Celebrated

Higher Expectations celebrated the Week of the Young Child with United Way of Racine County at Knapp Elementary this past Saturday. The Week of the Young Child is a series of events across the coun...

7
Apr
Journal Times: Local organizations collaborate on race, equality issues

Higher Expectations is working with community organizations and local leaders to open a dialogue and address racial disparities in Racine County. To bring community members together, Higher Expecta...

6
Apr
Higher Expectations Highlighted in The RAMAC Voice

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 businesse...

31
Mar
Higher Expectations Data Visualization at Carthage College

Matt Snyder, Data Manager for Higher Expectations, was invited to speak at Dr. Julio Rivera's data visualization class at Carthage College about his experience creating Higher Expectations Data...

13
Mar
Journal Times: Community members push for 4K expansion

Higher Expectations is working with local leaders and community members to expand access to full-day 4-Year-Old Kindergarten in Racine County. The Racine Unified School District has begun to implem...

21
Dec
UW-Parkside Summer Scholars: The first step toward graduation

UW-Parkside and Higher Expectations' Summer Scholars program was highlighted in the Racine Journal Times' A+ section on December 20th, 2016. Summer Scholars is a four-week program that introduces i...

12
Dec
Jeff Neubauer Honored at Aurora Health Care Foundation's Infinity Ball

Jeff Neubauer, Executive Director of Higher Expectations, was honored with the Community Leadership Award for his work with Higher Expectations at Aurora Health Care Foundation's Infinity Ball on N...

12
Dec
Journal Times: Survey of local labor reveals training gap

On December 7th, 2016 Higher Expectations hosted the Racine Labor Force Symposium to provide results from a survey they conducted with the Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce and the Wisconsin D...

7
Dec
Jeff Neubauer on the Greg Berg Morning Show

Higher Expectations was the highlight of WGTD's Morning Show on December 5, 2016. Jeff Neubauer, director of Higher Expectations, joined Morning Show host Greg Berg to discuss the development of H...

21
Nov
Higher Expectations' Racine Labor Force Symposium

Higher Expectations for Racine County Youth will be hosting the Racine Labor Force Symposium, on December 7th, at the Racine County Country Club. The event is scheduled from 7:00 am until 9:30 am....

11
Nov
UW-Parkside Summer Scholars: The first step toward graduation

SOMERS — In 2008, the Racine County Workforce Development Board embraced a vision: A fully employed workforce by the year 2020. The board brought together educational, private, public, nonpro...

23
Oct
Community Newsletter: RUSD freshmen explore college, careers at SEE Your Future Expo

The Racine Unified School District (RUSD) SEE Your Future Expo was recently highlighted in RUSD's "Community Newsletter" in the Racine Journal Times. All 1,500 Racine Unified high school freshmen ...

5
Oct
SEE Your Future Expo engages Unified students in opportunities

On October 4th, 2016 the Racine Unified School District hosted the SEE Your Future Expo at the SC Johnson iMET Center and Sturtevant Sports Plex. The event - which stands for Skills, Experience and...

2
Oct
Journal Times: Replacing retirees a concern for many area employers

A workforce skills gap survey conducted by Higher Expectations and the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development finds retirement to be a great concern for Racine County employers. The survey, ...

28
Sep
Journal Times editorial: More full-day 4K options should be offered.

On September 28th, the Racine Journal Times wrote an editorial highlighting the importance of expanding four year-old (4K) options for students and families. Instead of having only a half-day with ...

26
Sep
Higher Expectations for Racine County Youth launches the 2015-2016 Annual Report- Measuring Progress, Moving Forward.

On September 12th, 2016, Higher Expectations for Racine County Youth launched its 2015-2016 annual report- Measuring Progress, Moving Forward. Nearly 80 members of the community-including state re...

25
Sep
Higher Expectations Creates Interactive Data Dashboards with Tableau

Higher Expectations for Racine County Youth has created “Career to Cradle” Data Dashboards. The dashboards can be found on the Higher Expectations website where they present data from ...

14
Sep
Higher Expectations Annual Report Release and Data Presentation

On September 12th 2016, Higher Expectations for Racine County Youth held the public release of their 2015-2016 Annual Report: Measuring Progress Moving Forward at the Johnson Foundation at Wingspre...

31
Aug
Kinder Camp Welcomes New Students

On August 25, 2016 Wadewitz Elementary School welcomed new Kindergarten students and their families with an opportunity to meet their teachers and explore their new school through the Kinder Camp p...

24
Aug
Knapp Community School Ceremony and Public Tour

Racine Unified School District (RUSD), in partnership with the United Way of Racine County, held public tours of the new Knapp school facility, Racine County’s first community school, on Thur...

17
Jul
RUSD Expands Full-Day 4K

Racine Unified School District (RUSD) is expanding full-day 4K in an effort to improve outcomes for students, particularly low-income students. As described in the Racine Journal Times article, RUS...

11
Jul
Racine Unified Ends a Successful 2015-2016 Academic Year

As the 2015-2016 academic year comes to an end, Racine Unified School District (RUSD) and its partners have much to celebrate and look forward to. Check out this video to hear about some of RUSD's ...

17
Apr
Kindergarten Readiness: A Foundation for Success

Higher Expectations for Racine County Youth believes that a key element to a child’s future academic and career success is access to high-quality, early learning opportunities. According...

23
Mar
SEE Your Future Expo Brings Students and Employers Together

Racine Unified School District (RUSD), in partnership with Higher Expectations for Racine County Youth, hosted the SEE Your Future Expo for RUST freshmen on March 22. As RUSD launches the Acadmi...

12
Mar
Study: One in four Racine County jobs are manufacturing

New data suggests that one in four jobs in Racine County are in manufacturing. According to a new study from the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI), the economic impact o...

23
Feb
Moving from Talk to Action with Results-Based Conversations

In August of 2015, StriveTogether, in partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, launched the StriveTogether Leadership Program. This nine-month program is an in-depth training for the six cra...

6
Feb
Expanding Preschool & Kindergarten in Racine

Racine Unified School District (RUSD) is looking to expand full-day 4K opportunities for children and families in Racine. In July 2015, Higher Expectations launched AIM Now at Atonement Lutheran Ch...

4
Jan
Higher Expectations Reflects on 2015

2015 was a very busy year for Higher Expectations. With tremendous commitment from partners throughout the community, we continue to take great strides toward our vision: a fully capable and employ...

28
Oct
Higher Expectations & RUSD Match Teachers and Businesses

Racine Unified School District (RUSD), in partnership with Higher Expectations, will bring RUSD teachers and employers together on Friday, October 30th. As RUSD prepares to launch the "Academies of...

4
Oct
Higher Expectations Aligned with Workforce Development Center

For 19 years, the Workforce Development Center has provided area businesses with a wide array of activities, programs, services and support. While the Workforce Development Center has continued to ...

27
Jul
County Executive Remains Focused on Higher Expectations & Workforce Development

In July 2015, Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave completed his first 100 days in office. In that time, Delagrave has demonstrated his commitment to Higher Expectations and its vision of a "...

26
Jul
Higher Expectations Launches Full-Day 4K

Higher Expectations has partnered with community stakeholders to launch A.I.M. Now in an effort to ensure students enter Kindergarten ready to learn. A.I.M. Now will operate at Atonement Lutheran C...

2
Jun
Higher Expectations Selected to Participate in StriveTogether Accelerator Fund

Higher Expectations is one of six communities in the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network that has received the StriveTogether Accelerator Fund - an investment fund designed to accelerate Higher...

26
May
Racine County Executive Committed to Engaging with Higher Expectations

In his State of the County address, Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave emphasized the county’s commitment to Higher Expecations’ vision of a fully capable and employed workforce...

13
May
Higher Expectations Aligns with Racine County Human Services

Hope Otto, the new Human Services Director, is committed to expanding mental health services and preparing students to enter the workforce. In an effort to do so, Otto wants to ensure workforce dev...

2
May
Higher Expectations Aligns with RUSD Career Pathways

Higher Expectations is aligning its efforts with Racine Unified School District (RUSD) as it launches career pathways. Check out the full story in the Journal Times.

17
May
Higher Expectations Launches With Goal of Full Employment

Higher Expectations, a workforce development plan adopted by the Racine County Workforce Development Board in 2008, is being infused with new energy from outside consultants and buy-in from across ...

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