Community-Driven Outcome Areas

High School Transformation Network

The High School Transformation and Alignment Network includes representatives from Racine Unified School District, Higher Expectations, and Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce (RAMAC) and is committed to engaging with business, community and civic partners to support the Academies of Racine.

Using data to guide its work, the Network is building relationships with partners throughout Racine to ensure students graduate prepared to succeed in a 21st-century workforce. Check out the Higher Expectations Career to Cradle Data Dashboards to learn more.

Our Work

Opportunities to Engage
The Opportunities to Engage are shared commitments that offer business and community members an opportunity to fully invest in public education and promote student learning that is relevant, marketable, and rewarding. The Academies of Racine, along with Higher Expectations, are actively enlisting professionals and community members to contribute time and talent through the Opportunities to Engage. These opportunities include guest speaking in a classroom, serving on an advisory council for a career pathway impact team, providing a work-based learning opportunity (i.e. internship or youth apprenticeship), and hosting a teacher externship.

See Your Future Expo
In October 2016, all 1,500 RUSD freshmen attended the SEE Your Future Expo where individuals spoke with students and provided hands-on presentations about career opportunities. Over 100 different career opportunities were presented to students by representatives from more than 40 local companies and organizations. The Expo is an annual event that is meant to inspire and inform students by connecting them with the business community as they prepare to choose their learning pathway within the Academies of Racine.

Employer Roundtables
The Employer Roundtables, coordinated by Higher Expectations and Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce, took place in fall 2015, when over 400 RUSD staff members visited more than 20 local businesses including SC Johnson, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, and the Racine Fire Department. During these visits, teachers and administrators toured facilities and sat down with business owners to learn what they looked for in prospective employees.

Youth Apprenticeships
Wisconsin's Youth Apprenticeship program is designed for high school students who want to experience hands on learning at the worksite in conjunction with classroom instruction. Annually, over 60 RUSD students participate in the Youth Apprenticeship program. Racine Unified School District, Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce (RAMAC) and Higher Expectations are working towards an annual goal of 300 Youth Apprenticeships.

Inspire Southeast Wisconsin
Milwaukee 7, in collaboration with Higher Expectations, Racine County Workforce Solutions and Racine Unified School District, connects students to professional mentors, internships and other career-based learning experiences through Inspire Southeast Wisconsin. Through Inspire Southeast Wisconsin, students are exposed to a broad range of industries and careers available in Racine County and throughout the State of Wisconsin. Additionally, educators are connected to opportunities that will broaden their knowledge of work environments. Through Inspire Southeast Wisconsin, M7 wants to provide 200,000 career-based learning experience to students in our region by 2020.

Network Resources 

2016 Racine County Labor Force Survey Overview
Highlights some of the key takeaways from the 2016 Labor Market Survey.

RUSD Opportunities to Engage
Support the RUSD Academies of Racine by participating in their Opportunities to Engage, including; Facilitating Tours, Providing Job Shadowing, Guest Speaking, Becoming a Pathway Mentor, Offering Internships/Youth Apprenticeships/Cooperative Education, Offering Teacher Externships, Joining the Advisory Council for the Career Pathway Impact Team, Attending the SEE Your Future Expo.

Ford Next Generation Learning
Ford Next Generation Learning (NGL) mobilizes educators, employers, and community leaders to prepare a new generation of young people who will graduate from high school ready for college, careers, and life - prepared to compete successfully in the 21st century economy. 

Network Partners