Racine Unified Named Ford Next Generation Learning Community

After administrators from the Racine Unified School District worked with the Ford Next Generation Learningto design a master plan for its career academies, the district is being named a Ford NGL community.


The Racine Unified School District is the 21st district to become part of the community.

The designation means the district becomes part of a national network of schools that are focused on helping students prepare for college and professional success, according to a press release by the Racine Unified School District. The academies will focus on preparing students for engineering, healthcare, technology, and marketing careers.

In other school districts, the academy model has improved student performance.

“Our team of administrators, teachers, business and post-secondary leaders and other community members and parents have committed countless hours to collaboratively preparing for a successful launch of the Academies of Racine,” said Lolli Haws, superintendent of the Racine Unified School District. “We are honored to join the Ford NGL community and fortunate to benefit from this partnership.”

The foundation of the program includes bringing together the district and their communities to partner and share resources to improve student outcomes.

“Ford NGL research has proven that community ownership and accountability is just as important to educating our children as good study habits and hard work,” said Cheryl Carrier, executive director, Ford Next Generation Learning. ”The Ford NGL partnership gives RUSD students and teachers a competitive edge that not only improves their chances for future success, but will benefit the community as a whole for years to come.”


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