Our Vision

A Racine County workforce that is fully capable and employed.

Our Mission 

Higher Expectations engages community partners, aligns efforts, and maximizes resources to promote excellence and equity in education and employment outcomes in Racine County.

Outcome Areas

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History of HIgher Expectations

In 2008, the Racine County Workforce Development Board embraced the creation of a workforce development strategy with the vision of a workforce that will be fully employed by the year 2020. Educational, private, public, non-profit, and faith-based organizations met to address the root causes of chronic underemployment in the county, particularly for the inner city of Racine. 

After spending several years creating the foundation for collaborative work, 2014 was the official start-up year for the Higher Expectations collective impact initiative. This initiative builds on the original Higher Expectations workforce development plan and is developing a powerful, multi-year career to cradle partnership in Racine County.


Our Goals

Higher Expectations is committed to using evidence-based and data-driven decision making to identify local best practices, align community efforts, and track progress on key outcomes from birth to successful employment. We have three core goals:

  1. Every child enters school ready to learn

  2. Every student succeeds in school

  3. Every resident succeeds in a career

To learn more about our work: click here. To see our data dashboards: click here.



Our Network

Higher Expectations of Racine County is a member of the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network. StriveTogether is a national movement with a clear purpose: helping every child succeed in school and life from cradle to career, regardless of race, zip code or circumstance. In partnership with nearly 70 communities across the country, StriveTogether provides resources, best practices and processes to give every child every chance for success. The StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network reaches 13.7 million students and has partners in 30 states and Washington, D.C.

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