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(Rock County, WI) 

A report highlighting the use of the County’s web-based career preparation and readiness platform, which is powered by Career Cruising, was released today. The Spring 2015 Inspire Rock County Report provides a snapshot of the activity, engagement and trends generated from this workforce development tool. A brief summary of the report’s finding is provided below.

The number of students actively exploring career options continues to increase, as over 141,000 career pages have been viewed. Schools with pacesetting career exploration activities, as defined by representing 50% or more of their entire district’s total career page views, include: Aldrich Middle School, FJ Turner H.S., Edgerton H.S., Evansville H.S. and Milton Middle School. Considering that only the high schools are participating from the Clinton and Parkview districts, their page view activities were strong, as well.

The number of identified careers, as well as higher education choices, recorded within student portfolios have dramatically increased. This year’s totals are 50% (or more) higher than last year’s benchmarks.

The career engagement features, which are anchored by the Inspire Rock County elements, are gaining steam too. To date, over 1,000 message board posts between students and career coaches have been recorded. Considering there are 106 career coaches, ample capacity exists for students to access this career expertise and experience throughout the entire calendar year. 

With a total of 208 work-based learning activities, divided into 12 distinct categories, a diverse school-to-career environment exists. Whether looking for a local employer to offer an internship, a job shadow experience, participate in a company tour and more, students - as well as instructors - are strongly encouraged to use the Inspire Rock County elements to research and/or secure their work-based learning activities.

As the summer break begins this week and preparations for the fall academic period are just around the corner, this Report serves as a reminder regarding the usefulness of this career preparation and readiness platform. As districts continually explore ways to hardwire Career Cruising into their programming, these career exploration and engagement metrics are expected to move forward, accordingly.

Inspire Rock County is a collaborative talent pipeline development and employment initiative between Rock County 5.0, the Southwest Workforce Development Board, the K-16 education system and the County’s business community. By integrating career development tools, social media elements and workforce data into a seamless system, job creators, students, educators and parents can connect and engage. For more information, visit .

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