Higher Expectations News

30
Aug
Job Fest, Family Friendly Opportunity to Learn About Training and Job Opportunities!

Two community block party-style events feature not only music, food, and family-friendly entertainment, but a chance to interview for jobs and even get hired on the spot. Racine County and its p...

23
Aug
Higher Expectations Earns National Backing to Launch Two-Generation Initiative

Higher Expectations is one of 9 winning community initiatives in the country that will tackle fundamental changes needed to help children and families move out of poverty and into successful ca...

23
Aug
We're Hiring: Project Manager (Two Generation Initiative)

Project Manager, Two Generation Initiative Reports to: Deputy Director, Higher Expectations for Racine County Higher Expectations for Racine County is launching a Two Generation Initiative th...

15
Aug
We're Hiring: Employment Initiatives Manager

Employment Initiatives Manager Reports to: Deputy Director, Higher Expectations for Racine County The role of the Employment Initiatives Manager is to research local, state, and national best p...

15
Aug
We're Hiring: Administrative Assistant (Part Time)

Administrative Assistant (Part Time) Position Reports To: Deputy Director, Higher Expectations for Racine County Position Purpose The purpose of the Administrative Assistant position is to pro...

2
Jul
Journal Times: Small reading project aimed at equity shows positive results

Last year, Higher Expectations partnered with Racine Unified to launch a literacy program called "Racine Early Intervention," which provides teachers with additional training in teaching litera...

29
Jun
Biztimes: Higher education leaders form alliance to meet workforce needs

As the region prepares for Foxconn and braces itself for workforce shortages in many industries, it has prompted a new sense of urgency among southeastern Wisconsin’s higher education lea...

27
Jun
RUSD SEE Your Future Expo 2018

The Academies of Racine is excited to announce that our fourth annual SEE Your Future Expo will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 13. At the SEE Your Future Expo, participating freshmen experienc...

12
Jun
We're Hiring: Ed Pioneer

Education Pioneers Data Fellow Higher Expectations for Racine County & Racine Unified School District (RUSD) Reports to: Data Director, Higher Expectations for Racine County & Senior Accoun...

12
Jun
UW-Parkside grads create economic and workforce vitality

HIgher Expectations is very proud of our Talent Hub designation in partnership with UW-Parkside, Gateway Technical College, and Building our Future Kenosha County. As a Lumina Talent Hub, Higher...

10
Jun
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 regio...

8
Jun
Community Leaders Host Town Halls about Uplift 900

Higher Expectations vision of a fully capable and employed Racine County workforce is embodied in a new program within Racine County Human Services called Uplift 900. The main mission of th...

30
May
RUSD Students Participate in an Hour of Code

The Higher Expectations IT Network helped to bring an #HourOfCode to Racine Unified students this week in partnership with the non-profit organization, HustleDreamCode. Kids at Dr. Jones Elementary...

28
May
Employment Town Halls and GreaterRacineAtWork.com

Racine County has launched a brand new platform for job-seekers that you can access online at GreaterRacineAtWork.com. This assets and experienced focused job site connects potential employe...

25
May
Journal Times: RUSD freshmen participate in declaration ceremonies

As a part of the RUSD Academies of Racine at the three major high schools, each Freshman Academy student has the opportunity to select their career pathway for the next three years. Beginning i...

18
May
Higher Expectations Joins #DoMore24

​ On May 17th, Higher Expectations joined dozens of Racine community non-profits in the Do More 24, a 24 hour fundraising campaign led by United Way of Racine County to raise as much money as po...

10
May
Wisconsin Reading Corps Shows Positive Momentum in Milwaukee

Wisconsin Reading Corps, an evidence-based early grade tutoring program that is expanding to Racine in the next school year, recently hosted a program update at one of their target schools in M...

28
Apr
Journal Times: Parents share successes, learn Positive Solutions during workshop

The Racine County University of Wisconsin-Extension recently began offering the free, six-week Positive Solutions workshops for parents and caregivers of children ages 6 and younger. The progra...

19
Apr
RCEDC Recognizes Start IT

​ The Racine County Economic Development Corporation hosted its 35th Annual Meeting on Wednesday, April 18th to celebrate this year's accomplishments and present its 2017 Annual Report. At the e...

16
Apr
Week of the Young Child Celebration: Saturday 4/21

This year, United Way is hosting its second annual Week of the Young Child Celebration: A day of free family activities from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 21, at Knapp Elementary School (2701 17t...

13
Apr
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 g...

14
Mar
Join Us: Racine Construction Resource Fair

Governor Scott Walker, Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave, City of Racine Mayor Cory Mason and Village of Mount Pleasant President Dave DeGroot invite job seekers and other individuals ...

13
Mar
Journal Times: Higher Expectations Recognized by Strive Together

From the Journal Times (read the full article): Higher Expectations for Racine County is one of five communities across the nation to be recognized by StriveTogether for meeting educati...

7
Mar
Volunteer Opportunity: Reality Check Day

Educators Credit Union, in partnership with Racine Unified School District, are working together to organize a unique hands-on learning opportunity for many high school students throughout the dist...

12
Feb
Complete College America Wisconsin Team is Formed

Labor economists’ estimate that 60 percent of future jobs will require a high-quality postsecondary credential. In a recent report on postsecondary attainment by the Lumina Foundation, Racine...

1
Feb
Journal Times: Start IT graduates celebrate completing training program

Last week, a graduation ceremony was held for the first seven graduates of Start IT, a private-public collaboration between Racine County Workforce Solutions and Leeward Business Advisors, at t...

17
Jan
‘Community conversations’ Racine County partners work on battling bias and inequities

In 2017, Higher Expectations for Racine County, along with thirty community leaders and staff members, participated in a Results Count leadership program for race equity and inclusion in Racine...

15
Dec
Higher Expectations, Racine County, and Partners Receive National Recognition

Higher Expectations for Racine County one of first five StriveTogether partnerships to be named a "Proof Point" community because of its work to demonstrably improve outcomes and change systems...

11
Dec
From the Annual Report: Complete College America

“UW-Parkside takes its mission to serve our community very seriously, and we do that by engaging. One of our deepest and most important relationships is with the team at Higher Expectations, ...

4
Dec
From the Annual Report: M7 Grow Here Campaign

Higher Expectations is committed to ensuring that students in Racine County graduate prepared to succeed in post-secondary education and ultimately in their careers. With the support of Higher E...

27
Nov
From the Annual Report: 4-year-old kindergarten

The evidence from national research is compelling: When children have access to high-quality, full-day 4-year-old kindergarten (4K) with well-trained teachers, they are academically, socially, ...

20
Nov
From the Annual Report: RUSD Opportunities to Engage

“The trip to UW-Madison and my Freshman Seminar class have really opened my eyes and mind to the many different opportunties for college, and how college can really help you out in the future...

13
Nov
From the Annual Report: RUSD Racine Early Intervention

“We receive many trainings & professional development... but attending the REI training [with Higher Expectations] is by far the most meaningful training we have ever had.” - RUSD Ra...

6
Nov
From the Annual Report: The Impact of Summer Scholars

“Summer Scholars made the transition to college a lot easier because I knew people, networked with staff and had support from my counselors." - Alivia, UW-Parkside Summer Scholar Thro...

30
Oct
From the Annual Report: A Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal

In 2016, Higher Expectations announced a Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal (BHAG*): That each municipality in Racine County will achieve and maintain an unemployment rate at or below the State of Wisc...

27
Oct
Higher Expectations Honored as Friend of Education

Higher Expectations is extremely proud to be recognized for our work to improve educational and employment outcomes in Racine County. Recently, at Racine's Harborfest, Higher Expectations re...

16
Oct
Higher Expectations Hiring a Deputy Director

Deputy Director Higher Expectations for Racine County Position Overview The mission of the Deputy Director is to successfully manage the daily operations of Higher Expectations for Racine Co...

12
Oct
Higher Expectations Presents Second Annual Report: Inspiring Action, Making an Impact

This September, Higher Expectations released it's 2016-17 Annual Report: Inspiring Action, Making an Impact. To formally share the report, the Higher Expectations team presented information and dat...

25
Sep
Racine, Kenosha Counties Earn National Recognition with Lumina Talent Hub Designation

Through a rigorous application process, Kenosha and Racine Counties have earned a Talent Hub designation from Lumina Fo...

20
Sep
Higher Expectations Presents at National Ford NGL Leadership Council Meeting

In September, Higher Expectations' Employer Engagement Manager Carolynn Friesch and Racine Unified Chief of Secondary Transformation Dan Thielen attended a National Leadership Council Meeting f...

7
Sep
Journal Times: Program courts young adults looking for IT work

​ This year, Higher Expectations brought key partners together around the need for skilled Information Technology (IT) employees within Racine County. The IT Network, which is a part of Highe...

22
Aug
Journal Times: At Wingspread, officials say Unified is continuing to move forward

Last week, Racine Unified Schools brought community leaders together to report on their "Raising Racine 2022" plan for the next five years. This event highlighted the great work happening at al...

17
Aug
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 thei...

10
Aug
United Way releases Community Conversations report

Higher Expectations' work with United Way of Racine County on Race, Equity, and Inclusion was highlighted at United Way's Community Conversations 2017 Report Out to the Community. During the...

1
Aug
StriveTogether: From data to impact

Higher Expectations is excited to share that our Data Manager, Matt Snyder, was recently highlighted by StriveTogether for his great work visualizing Racine County data. Last week, StriveTogeth...

28
Jul
Journal Times editorial: Good reasons for Foxconn's interest here

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 Editori...

25
Jul
Journal Times: Racine Academies year one dubbed a success

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 ...

21
Jul
Kindergarten Readiness Network Writing Book with Alexander McNeece

The Higher Expectations Kindergarten Readiness Network - a group of dedicated volunteers and practitioners focused on ensuring that kids start school ready to learn - has partnered with Racine ...

18
Jul
Higher Expectations and United Way of Racine County Collaborate on Race & Equity

Higher Expectations for Racine County and United Way of Racine County have been working together to focus on improving lives in our community, with a specific focus on race and equity. This past Su...

7
Jul
Higher Expectations Joins UWRC at Schools of Hope Report Out Event

Through third grade, children learn to read. From the fourth grade on, they read to learn. Research shows third-grade reading proficiency is a powerful predictor of later academic achievement. ...

29
Jun
Through Academies, Park donates tiny house to veteran village

Park High School students donated a tiny house to the Veteran’s Outreach of Wisconsin for their tiny house community village for veterans. The house was built by students in Park High Sch...

27
Jun
Higher Expectations and RAMAC Join RUSD Academy Students at Park High School

This Spring, Higher Expectations partnered with Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce (RAMAC) and the RUSD Academies of Racine to bring RUSD Academy students and staff together with local empl...

21
Jun
Journal Times Editorial: After-school programs work and should be funded

Recently, the Journal Times published an editorial in support of after-school programs. The Editorial Board noted that data from Racine Unified Schools and the Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction...

8
Jun
Higher Expectations Partners with WPRI on Child Care Report

​"Early childhood investments benefit all of society, not only participating children and families… Research shows that early childhood education programs for disadvantaged children can ...

31
May
Knapp Community School Gains Attention

The Racine Journal Times highlighted progress at Knapp Elementary as its first year under the new community-school model comes to a close. Already, Knapp has provided more than 600 hours of aft...

24
May
County Executive Jonathan Delagrave's State of the County Address

County Executive Jonathan Delagrave shared the State of the County last night at his annual address. He expressed his pride in the success of recent Racine County initiatives and developments, from...

22
May
Data and Evaluation Coordinator VISTA Position

We are looking for individuals who are passionate about the Racine community and have experience collecting and analyzing data for our new VISTA position. Sponsored through AmeriCorps, the Data...

9
May
RUSD Teachers Focus on Continuous Improvement in the Classroom

Racine Unified School District and Higher Expectations have been working together to implement Continuous Improvement practices in RUSD schools. The Continuous Improvement Model continuously use...

5
May
RUSD Students Celebrate College Signing Day

Seniors at Racine Unified Schools shared their plans to attain a post-secondary education to celebrate College Signing Day. College Signing Day was created as part of former first lady, Michelle Ob...

2
May
Week of the Young Child Celebrated

Higher Expectations celebrated the Week of the Young Child with United Way of Racine County at Knapp Elementary this past Saturday. The Week of the Young Child is a series of events across the coun...

7
Apr
Journal Times: Local organizations collaborate on race, equality issues

Higher Expectations is working with community organizations and local leaders to open a dialogue and address racial disparities in Racine County. To bring community members together, Higher Expecta...

6
Apr
Higher Expectations Highlighted in The RAMAC Voice

Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce (RAMAC) highlighted Higher Expectations’ employment work in the spring issue of The RAMAC Voice. RAMAC serves as a voice for Racine County businesse...

31
Mar
Higher Expectations Data Visualization at Carthage College

Matt Snyder, Data Manager for Higher Expectations, was invited to speak at Dr. Julio Rivera's data visualization class at Carthage College about his experience creating Higher Expectations Data...

13
Mar
Journal Times: Community members push for 4K expansion

Higher Expectations is working with local leaders and community members to expand access to full-day 4-Year-Old Kindergarten in Racine County. The Racine Unified School District has begun to implem...

21
Dec
UW-Parkside Summer Scholars: The first step toward graduation

UW-Parkside and Higher Expectations' Summer Scholars program was highlighted in the Racine Journal Times' A+ section on December 20th, 2016. Summer Scholars is a four-week program that introduces i...

12
Dec
Jeff Neubauer Honored at Aurora Health Care Foundation's Infinity Ball

Jeff Neubauer, Executive Director of Higher Expectations, was honored with the Community Leadership Award for his work with Higher Expectations at Aurora Health Care Foundation's Infinity Ball on N...

12
Dec
Journal Times: Survey of local labor reveals training gap

On December 7th, 2016 Higher Expectations hosted the Racine Labor Force Symposium to provide results from a survey they conducted with the Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce and the Wisconsin D...

7
Dec
Jeff Neubauer on the Greg Berg Morning Show

Higher Expectations was the highlight of WGTD's Morning Show on December 5, 2016. Jeff Neubauer, director of Higher Expectations, joined Morning Show host Greg Berg to discuss the development of H...

21
Nov
Higher Expectations' Racine Labor Force Symposium

Higher Expectations for Racine County Youth will be hosting the Racine Labor Force Symposium, on December 7th, at the Racine County Country Club. The event is scheduled from 7:00 am until 9:30 am....

11
Nov
UW-Parkside Summer Scholars: The first step toward graduation

SOMERS — In 2008, the Racine County Workforce Development Board embraced a vision: A fully employed workforce by the year 2020. The board brought together educational, private, public, nonpro...

23
Oct
Community Newsletter: RUSD freshmen explore college, careers at SEE Your Future Expo

The Racine Unified School District (RUSD) SEE Your Future Expo was recently highlighted in RUSD's "Community Newsletter" in the Racine Journal Times. All 1,500 Racine Unified high school freshmen ...

5
Oct
SEE Your Future Expo engages Unified students in opportunities

On October 4th, 2016 the Racine Unified School District hosted the SEE Your Future Expo at the SC Johnson iMET Center and Sturtevant Sports Plex. The event - which stands for Skills, Experience and...

2
Oct
Journal Times: Replacing retirees a concern for many area employers

A workforce skills gap survey conducted by Higher Expectations and the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development finds retirement to be a great concern for Racine County employers. The survey, ...

28
Sep
Journal Times editorial: More full-day 4K options should be offered.

On September 28th, the Racine Journal Times wrote an editorial highlighting the importance of expanding four year-old (4K) options for students and families. Instead of having only a half-day with ...

26
Sep
Higher Expectations for Racine County Youth launches the 2015-2016 Annual Report- Measuring Progress, Moving Forward.

On September 12th, 2016, Higher Expectations for Racine County Youth launched its 2015-2016 annual report- Measuring Progress, Moving Forward. Nearly 80 members of the community-including state re...

25
Sep
Higher Expectations Creates Interactive Data Dashboards with Tableau

Higher Expectations for Racine County Youth has created “Career to Cradle” Data Dashboards. The dashboards can be found on the Higher Expectations website where they present data from ...

14
Sep
Higher Expectations Annual Report Release and Data Presentation

On September 12th 2016, Higher Expectations for Racine County Youth held the public release of their 2015-2016 Annual Report: Measuring Progress Moving Forward at the Johnson Foundation at Wingspre...

31
Aug
Kinder Camp Welcomes New Students

On August 25, 2016 Wadewitz Elementary School welcomed new Kindergarten students and their families with an opportunity to meet their teachers and explore their new school through the Kinder Camp p...

24
Aug
Knapp Community School Ceremony and Public Tour

Racine Unified School District (RUSD), in partnership with the United Way of Racine County, held public tours of the new Knapp school facility, Racine County’s first community school, on Thur...

17
Jul
RUSD Expands Full-Day 4K

Racine Unified School District (RUSD) is expanding full-day 4K in an effort to improve outcomes for students, particularly low-income students. As described in the Racine Journal Times article, RUS...

11
Jul
Racine Unified Ends a Successful 2015-2016 Academic Year

As the 2015-2016 academic year comes to an end, Racine Unified School District (RUSD) and its partners have much to celebrate and look forward to. Check out this video to hear about some of RUSD's ...

17
Apr
Kindergarten Readiness: A Foundation for Success

Higher Expectations for Racine County Youth believes that a key element to a child’s future academic and career success is access to high-quality, early learning opportunities. According...

23
Mar
SEE Your Future Expo Brings Students and Employers Together

Racine Unified School District (RUSD), in partnership with Higher Expectations for Racine County Youth, hosted the SEE Your Future Expo for RUST freshmen on March 22. As RUSD launches the Acadmi...

12
Mar
Study: One in four Racine County jobs are manufacturing

New data suggests that one in four jobs in Racine County are in manufacturing. According to a new study from the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI), the economic impact o...

23
Feb
Moving from Talk to Action with Results-Based Conversations

In August of 2015, StriveTogether, in partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, launched the StriveTogether Leadership Program. This nine-month program is an in-depth training for the six cra...

6
Feb
Expanding Preschool & Kindergarten in Racine

Racine Unified School District (RUSD) is looking to expand full-day 4K opportunities for children and families in Racine. In July 2015, Higher Expectations launched AIM Now at Atonement Lutheran Ch...

4
Jan
Higher Expectations Reflects on 2015

2015 was a very busy year for Higher Expectations. With tremendous commitment from partners throughout the community, we continue to take great strides toward our vision: a fully capable and employ...

28
Oct
Higher Expectations & RUSD Match Teachers and Businesses

Racine Unified School District (RUSD), in partnership with Higher Expectations, will bring RUSD teachers and employers together on Friday, October 30th. As RUSD prepares to launch the "Academies of...

4
Oct
Higher Expectations Aligned with Workforce Development Center

For 19 years, the Workforce Development Center has provided area businesses with a wide array of activities, programs, services and support. While the Workforce Development Center has continued to ...

27
Jul
County Executive Remains Focused on Higher Expectations & Workforce Development

In July 2015, Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave completed his first 100 days in office. In that time, Delagrave has demonstrated his commitment to Higher Expectations and its vision of a "...

26
Jul
Higher Expectations Launches Full-Day 4K

Higher Expectations has partnered with community stakeholders to launch A.I.M. Now in an effort to ensure students enter Kindergarten ready to learn. A.I.M. Now will operate at Atonement Lutheran C...

2
Jun
Higher Expectations Selected to Participate in StriveTogether Accelerator Fund

Higher Expectations is one of six communities in the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network that has received the StriveTogether Accelerator Fund - an investment fund designed to accelerate Higher...

26
May
Racine County Executive Committed to Engaging with Higher Expectations

In his State of the County address, Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave emphasized the county’s commitment to Higher Expecations’ vision of a fully capable and employed workforce...

13
May
Higher Expectations Aligns with Racine County Human Services

Hope Otto, the new Human Services Director, is committed to expanding mental health services and preparing students to enter the workforce. In an effort to do so, Otto wants to ensure workforce dev...

2
May
Higher Expectations Aligns with RUSD Career Pathways

Higher Expectations is aligning its efforts with Racine Unified School District (RUSD) as it launches career pathways. Check out the full story in the Journal Times.

17
May
Higher Expectations Launches With Goal of Full Employment

Higher Expectations, a workforce development plan adopted by the Racine County Workforce Development Board in 2008, is being infused with new energy from outside consultants and buy-in from across ...

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