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 Editorial Board. In its editorial, Good reasons for Foxconn's interest here, the Journal Times discussed the impact of partnerships between the Racine Unified School District, United Way of Racine County, Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce,and Higher Expectations that are ensuring that students graduate from high school are prepared to obtain family-supporting jobs.
Last year, Higher Expectations announced a big goal for the community: To reduce unemployment in every municipality in Racine County to be at or below the State of Wisconsin's unemployment rates. To do this, we need to support initatives that provide students and adults with the skills they need to be effective, capable employees. From the Editorial Board:
The work of the members of those four organizations has led to initiatives such as Unified’s Academies of Racine. Beginning with the 2016-17 school year, Unified freshmen are placed in groups, the Academies, which align most closely with their interests and ambitions. For students whose interests lie outside the four-year college arena, this means hands-on experience while still in high school, experience made possible through Unified’s parternship with RAMAC. The relocation of the REAL School to the former Sturtevant Sportsplex site, placing it literally down the street from Gateway Technical College’s SC Johnson iMET Center, is but one example of Unified’s engagement with the larger community to prepare all of its students for a prosperous adulthood.
Click the link above to read the editorial or visit our network pages to learn more about the great initiatives coming together here in Racine County to support a fully capable and employed workforce.