UW-Parkside grads create economic and workforce vitality


Tapping into Racine County’s Talent

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 Expectations for Racine County, Building our Future, UW-Parkside, and Gateway Technical College have begun to implement and strengthen the strategies that work for our region’s students including; remediation reform and math pathways, stronger community partnerships to support student success and reduce “stop-outs,” the creation of a local college access network, and strong partnerships among our post-secondary to maximize credit transfers and shorten completion time.

Growing and sustaining our region’s economy is dependent on qualified talent being available for a wide range of challenging professional careers — many of which do not exist today.

Racine and Kenosha are among just 17 communities nationwide designated by the Lumina Foundation as Talent Hubs based on initiatives to attract, retain and cultivate talent. With financial support from the Lumina Foundation, UW-Parkside, Gateway Technical College, Higher Expectations for Racine County, and Building our Future Kenosha County are working together to increase student success and ensure that our region has the talent needed to attract and retain exciting, innovative companies and organizations.

Recently, UW-Parkside Provost Dr. Rob Ducoffe was appointed to lead the Complete College America team in Wisconsin. Complete College America, a national nonprofit, describes its mission as leveraging an alliance to eliminate achievement gaps by providing opportunity for all students to complete college degrees and credentials of purpose and value.

“At UW-Parkside, we have a history of helping first-generation students from diverse populations complete their college education,” Ducoffe said. “We have witnessed the transformative power that education has brought to their lives.

“I look forward to working with my fellow college and university leaders in Wisconsin to ensure that more people earn the academic credentials which will allow them to actively participate in what is quickly becoming a new era of economic growth for Racine County.”

Read more at the Journal Times.

Read commentary by Dr. Ford, UW-Parkside Chancellor

Elizabeth Erickson