2011 - Celebrating Fifteen Years of Excellence in Racine, Wisconsin
The Racine County Workforce Development Board and its partners celebrated its 15 year Anniversary in November. Reggie Newson, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Secretary provided the keynote address to a crowd of 100 local elected officials and board members. Gateway Technical College's School of Culinary Arts provided the refreshments and the University of Wisconsin Parkside's Creative Services Team produced the anniversary video. ... read more
2010 - Mission — to promote the economic prosperity of the area by providing quality services for employers, job seekers and taxpayers.
The Racine County Workforce Development Board is the chief policy-making body for the Racine County Workforce Development Center (WDC), as mandated by the federal Workforce Investment Act. The board is guided by local private industry leaders, representing targeted industry clusters, who are high-level private sector executives, selected because of their industry expertise, business acumen, ability to influence others and to bring resources to the workforce development system.
The Racine County Workforce Development Board and its partners have implemented Higher Expectations: A Workforce Development Strategy for Racine County, since May 2008. The challenges of Higher Expectations respond to the changing global economy; technology and in-novation in workforce preparedness and success. To view the full report and the Two Year Progress Report visit www.wdc.racineco.com. ... read more
2009 - Higher Expectations: A Workforce Development Strategy, Second Year
The Racine County Workforce Development Board and its Partners have implemented Higher Expectations: A Workforce Development Strategy for Racine County, since May, 2008. The six strategies of the plan respond to the challenges facing Racine County to compete in the global marketplace. Successes identified in year one of the plan were presented to community stakeholders at Wingspread Conference Center in May 2009. To view the full report and the One Year Progress Report visit www.wdc.racineco.com. ... read more
2008 - Higher Expectations: A Workforce Development Strategy for Racine County
The Racine County Workforce Development Board (WDB), appointed by County Executive William McReynolds, chaired by Michael Batten, CEO/President of Twin Disc, Inc., agreed to be the catalyst to bring together businesses, educators and community stakeholders to address how well today’s workforce is prepared for the world of work. The six-month strategic planning process produced “Higher Expectations: A Workforce Strategy for Racine County.” The plan includes the challenges and strategies that represent a commitment to providing Racine County with a competitive advantage through workforce preparedness. Over the coming years, the Racine County Workforce Development Board and its partners will work to implement the strategies that will address employment, education, and occupational issues that have become so prevalent across our country. ... read more
2007 - Community-wide Workforce Development Strategic Plan Initiative
One of the unique attributes of the Workforce Development Board, and the many partners with whom we collaborate, is our ability to work well with others and to pool resources in order to better serve the common needs of our community. No effort better demonstrates the power of this collaboration than the Community-wide Workforce Development Strategic Plan Initiative. This initiative is a partnership between the private sector and public sector, bringing together community leaders to address the current and future needs of existing employers; ensuring that the needs of emerging industries are met and addressing the high unemployment and low educational attainment levels of some of our residents. ... read more
2006 - Workforce Development: Mission and Governance
We are the “one-stop” center that offers a myriad of federally funded employment and training programs at one location. Operationally, the WDC offers a comprehensive menu of talent development services for both job seekers and the business community. Services are available across a range of intensity from self-service through very specialized services. The design is intended to provide as little or as much assistance as directed by the customer. ... read more
2005 - Workforce Development Center: "Partnership for Full Employment"
At the most general level, Racine’s economic and workforce goals are the same: to create a prosperous, competitive and growing economy. Traditionally, economic development policies have focused on the needs of business for infrastructure, financing, fast permitting and favorable taxes, while workforce development policies focused on the needs of the unemployed and disadvantaged workers. Growing shortages of skilled workers have targeted the attention of both workforce and economic development managers on improving the skills of the workforce at large in order to prepare today’s job seekers for productive careers in the “new economy.” ... read more