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 Development Board. The Academy model weaves together classroom curriculum and work-based learning opportunities through career pathways.
Racine Unified’s Academies are bringing community businesses, teachers, parents and students together in ways Dan Thielen, Unified’s chief of secondary school transformation, has never seen in his 29 years with the district. “We get businesses contacting us daily, (saying) ‘How can we help?’ ” Thielen said. “We have people donating equipment, resources, money and so on.”
During their first year in the Academies, RUSD students enrolled in a freshman seminar class, where they began to explore what they may want to do after high school; attended the S.E.E. Your Future Expo, where they had the opportunity to meet professionals from different career fields; and went on campus visits to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and Gateway Technical College. In addition to focusing on student engagement, Racine Unified and Higher Expectations are working with community businesses, teachers, and parents to engage area employers by creating internship and other work-based learning opportunities within Racine County.
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