Journal Times: Racine County welcomes new job-training program

The Wisconsin Regional Training Partnerships/Big Step program officially opened Monday in Gateway Technical College’s Technical Building, 1001 S. Main St. WRTP/BIG STEP is a nonprofit group whose aim is to help underemployed, underserved and underrepresented people succeed in well-paying careers by responding to the industry’s workforce needs.

As Racine County plans for the construction and manufacturing jobs that will come with Foxconn's move to Mount Pleasant, it is essential that Racine residents have the skills and capacity to take on these job opportunties. Training programs like WRTP/BIG STEP and First Choice (based in Racine) will ensure that we are creating a path for unemployed and underemployed residents to learn the skills they need for these family-supporting jobs. 

Jeff Neubauer, Higher Expectations' Executive Director joined County Executive Delagrave, Mayor Mason, Gateway Technical College President and others at a press conference to annouce WRTP/BIG STEP's opening here in Racine. Community leaders praised the organization and its goals, and discussed their shared committment to leveraging this historic opportunity to reduce unemployment among Racine County's communities.

“This is what drives us every day: to have a qualified workforce to take complete advantage of this opportunity, and Big Step is going to help us with that,” said Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave. “They are a big part of making sure that we have a diverse, qualified workforce, which is so critical to fill the thousands and thousands of jobs coming here in Racine County.

You can read more coverage of the grand opening in the Journal Times.