WAICU has partnered with the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) and the UW System on an initiative to increase the proportion of working-age adults with an education credential beyond high school. Forty-eight percent of adults (ages 25 – 64) currently in Wisconsin’s workforce hold a postsecondary credential (degree or certificate). 60 Forward has set a voluntary goal of raising that to 60 percent. A grant from the Lumina Foundation supported WAICU, UW, and WTCS in two “convenings” of leaders from business, education, government, workforce and economic development sectors.
The stakeholder convenings were held at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College on April 13 and Alverno College on May 9. The convenings provided a platform to share information on the attainment goal initiative and to gain feedback on how higher education can partner with business and other critical stakeholders to meet the 60 Forward goal.