RUSD calls on Racine employers to provide youth apprenticeships for Academies of Racine

In fall 2016, Racine Unified launched the Academies of Racine at Case, Horlick and Park high schools. The Academies are designed to ensure students are better prepared for college and the regional workforce.

In changing the curriculum, developing small learning communities, and better connecting with local businesses and organizations, the Academies help students graduate with a plan. Within the Academies are specific Pathways, such as Culinary Arts, Engineering, Marketing, Automotive Technology and Construction, among other specialty areas based on high-demand careers.

“You can feel the energy,” Burke said. “With the Academies of Racine and RUSD’s building momentum, it’s the right time as we create futures for young people and address challenges employers face of getting young talent.”

That’s why, in collaboration with Higher Expectations and RAMAC, RUSD is championing a new goal: 300 workplace opportunities for the class of 2020.

“This is self-help time,” Burke said. “We have to get involved and help create good workers. This is not the time to complain. It’s a time to engage and the Academies of Racine are our link to do that.”

So, as the graduating class of 2020 crosses the stage, 300 graduates will be turning their tassels with real job experience under their caps. Read more at the Journal Times.

Higher Expectations is proud to lead the civic and community engagement in the Academies of Racine, and is working to recruit more employers to provide Youth Apprenticeships and other work-based learning opportunities to Racine Unified's High School students. If you have any questions about this program, or want to participate, you can contact Carolynn Friesch, our Education & Employer Partnerships Manager.