Future Talent

In Racine County,  innovative programs are preparing our students for 21st century careers  through cross-curricular, real world and project based activities. Education and business partnerships ensure that K-12 students are exposed to a variety of career pathways and employment opportunities in our community. Educators and businesses are working together to build curriculum that equip students with indemand skills. And private-public partnerships provide future talent access to training in state-of-the-art facilities.

Collaboration with K-12 educators and workforce partners ensures the next generation is career and work ready. 

    Higher Education

    Racine County’s proximity to Milwaukee and Kenosha means convenient access to many great higher educational institutions, including

    • Gateway Technical College
      Racine County is proud to be home to Gateway Technical College’s Burlington Center, HERO Center, Racine Campus and SC Johnson iMET Center. At Gateway, students receive an industry-focused education that is flexible, accessible, and affordable.
    • University of Wisconsin–Parkside
      UW-Parkside is one of 13 four-year campuses in the University of Wisconsin System. UW Parkside is located in Somers, Wisconsin, between Racine and Kenosha on 700 acres with natural prairies and woodlands. Enrollment is 5,300 students.
    • Carthage College
      Founded in 1847, Carthage College is a four-year, private college of the liberal arts and sciences in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Carthage combines an environment of reflection and selfdiscovery with a culture of high expectation so students uncover and ignite their true potential.
    • University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
      One of the nation’s 115 top research universities, UWMilwaukee provides a world-class education to a diverse group of 26,000 students. The Princeton Review named UW-Milwaukee a 2018 “Best Midwestern” university based on overall academic excellence and student reviews.
    • Marquette University
      Marquette University is a Catholic, Jesuit university located near the heart of downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin that offers a comprehensive range of majors in 11 nationally and internationally recognized colleges and schools.
    • Milwaukee School of Engineering
      MSOE is a private, non-profit university in Milwaukee, Wisconsin offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Engineering, Business and Nursing.
    • Milwaukee Area Technical College
      MATC is a public, two-year comprehensive technical college offering exceptional educational and training opportunities and services to its diverse metropolitan area.
    • Alverno College
      Alverno College is of the nation’s largest Catholic women’s colleges, Alverno is dedicated to the personal and professional development of its students, offering weekday and flexible evening undergraduate programs for women, as well as graduate programs for women and men.

    Talent Resources News

    The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) recently awarded the Village of Waterford $250,000 as part of the Community Development Investment (CDI) Grant program. The grant will go towards construction of what will become the Waterford Lofts, located at 506 E Main Street.

    The Greater Racine County initiative was developed by the Racine County Economic Development Corporation (RCEDC) to showcase the abundance of opportunities available to those who decide to take root here. The GRC Newsletter highlights talent recruitment and retention resources as well as community promotion and examples of those who chose Racine County.

    Greater Racine County serves as a portal for those who decide to explore, work and take root in Racine County. From new housing development to the expanding opportunities in the manufacturing industry, discover the latest updates in the February 2022 GRC Newsletter!

    As a group of 18 institutions, HERA represents more than 140,000 students across southeastern Wisconsin who are key to driving our economy forward. However, finding and recruiting talent can be a challenge. To combat this, HERA established the Best Practices for Recruiting to share creative ideas on how employers can collaborate with and recruit from our region’s universities and colleges.

    Fiduciary Real Estate Development (FRED) plans to bring their new brand, Seasons, to the corner of Braun and Greeen Bay Rd in Mount Pleasant.

    Join us for a live webinar to learn about how Student Loan Assistance can help reduce employee stress at work and increase retention.

    USING HANDSHAKE TO ENHANCE YOUR EARLY TALENT RECRUITING Join career service experts for a training webinar hosted by Racine County Economic Development Corporation to learn about recruiting today's young talent. Handshake is the most widely used job posting and career…

    WEBINAR EXPLORES OPTIONS FOR ADULT LEARNERS AT UW-PARKSIDE Adults have work and family commitments to consider when planning to earn a Bachelor’s or an Associate’s degree. To support adult students throughout their educational journeys, the Center for Adult and Returning…

    MRA, M3 and RCEDC have combined time and resources to help navigate cost-saving reductions, employee recalls, and what the new realities will be in the workplace. Join this free, live session on May 21st as we cover the strategies you will need to re-engage your workforce after COVID-19.

    Susan Kegal was born and raised in Villa Park, Illinois. After traveling across the country and living paycheck-to-paycheck for years, the Susan and her family found a home in Racine County, and for the first time they're not looking to move.

    The military veteran is an increasingly valuable and talented workforce commodity. But is your business truly veteran-ready? KABA, RCEDC, and local employers with veteran-friendly cultures explored best practices when recruiting transitioning service members and their families. Download Event Presentation Download…

    When the ManPower Group conducted a study in 2018 indicating a significant gap in workforce supply and demand throughout Southeast Wisconsin, RCEDC (Racine County Economic Development Corporation) and partnering organizations took it upon themselves to tackle this gap head on.…


    RCEDC’s mission is to grow Racine County’s property tax base and by supporting business expansions, provide employment opportunities to Racine County residents. In 2021, RCEDC staff were able to facilitate 95 projects that included comprehensive site selection, loans, grants, and incentives resulting in $360 million in private investment and $210 million in new construction. These business expansion projects will result in 500 new full-time jobs.

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