Collaboration helps students develop skills for long-term careers

A collaboration among Goodwill, Rawhide Youth Services and Fox Valley Technical College hopes to train 400 students with long-term career skills
Published: Oct. 20, 2022 at 6:49 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 20, 2022 at 9:36 PM CDT
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Several well-known names in the community are forging a new partnership to help students find careers.

Goodwill, Rawhide Youth Services and Fox Valley Technical College are collaborating to launch Career EXCELerate Wisconsin. The program starts in the new year, but work on it has already begun.

The aim is to help students develop skills that will help them find careers for the long term. Classes in health, construction, manufacturing and maintenance are part of this program.

The courses and services specifically help students who went to school during the pandemic and are now looking for jobs. Some of these students are navigating mental health challenges.

“These three agencies are all committed to serving individuals who may be struggling since the pandemic or maybe have a career goal that they have not been able to achieve, and together we believe we can further the impact that we could have done individually,” Jennie Moore, vice president of Goodwill Programs and Partnerships, said.

Fox Valley Technical College says it believes many people in underrepresented groups haven’t had support since the pandemic and could really use help in getting education and training to have a job that’s meaningful to them.

Students will also learn social skills, how to navigate digital platforms, find employment, and basic job training, including learning how to interview and build a resume. They’ll also be set up with career-related services.

And the jobs are available. Employers have been coming to FVTC looking for more students to fill their needs.

“We have had some potential students come forward already, some referrals, and we’re very excited by that because we’re at such an early point with the proposal and the initiative, but it seems to be very popular and we’re very excited to see even more students come forward,” FVTC Dean of Transportation Studies Andrew Rinke said.

It hopes to get at least 400 students into the program. The courses will begin in January.

Students can be referred by a local agency or apply for an educational certificate. People who are interested, or want to receive more information about it, can sign up at this Goodwill website.

A $6.5 million Wisconsin Innovation grant is paying for the program.

It's a partnership with Goodwill, Rawhide Youth Services and Fox Valley Technical College