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 their exciting goal to increase available Youth Apprenticeships from 70 to 300 over the next several years.

Michael Wittrock, a participating student who entered an automotive apprenticeship, took classes and worked for two years at Martin’s Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep & Ram, and after he graduated this past spring he walked right into a job at Martin’s.

"For the last two years of high school, you got to leave school at noon or so, come out to work and you’d get experience in the classroom and you’d also get hands-on experience,” Wittrock said.

“It was a phenomenal learning experience."

It’s that type of experience that area officials are working to increase to help make Racine County youth more prepared to enter the workforce. Higher Expectations is committed to engaging with business, community and civic partners to support initiatives like Youth Apprenticeships and other work-based learning opportunities for students. More information about this great work is available on our Higher Expectations High School Transformation Network page.

See coverage of this new apprenticeship goal in the Journal Times.