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(Rock County, WI) James Otterstein, Media Contact


Rock County 5.0 announced the launch of a new business and education engagement strategy at Forward Janesville’s Annual Dinner. In partnership with the Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board, as well as the K16 education system and the business community, this collaborative program is designed to enhance talent development and employment engagement activities throughout Rock County. This announcement represents an important and forward thinking approach toward addressing the area’s workforce development needs. Additional program details are described below.


This program, currently referred to as Inspire Wisconsin-Rock County, is a web-based career and readiness platform. By leveraging career development tools, social media elements and workforce data into a seamless system, job creators, students, educators and parents can connect efficiently as well as effectively. The system, which is powered by a licensed product called Career Cruising, provides a customized information sharing and resource gathering environment. 


Anchored by an approved academic and/or career plan, this platform provides a direct linkage between employers and future employees. This pathway creates a comprehensive engagement vehicle to accelerate, develop or extend recruitment and/or preparation related activities to an increasingly higher level. Specifically, this online platform offers the following benefits:


  • Improving the alignment of career readiness and preparation applications to match the needs of the local or regional business community.
  • Scaling successful business and education programming to reach a wider or targeted audience.
  • Reducing the communication and engagement cycle time by removing participation barriers.
  • Nurturing future employees by connecting and mentoring with them early in their career development phases.

To date, briefings have been held with representatives of the education and business community, with additional offerings slated for the coming months. Once the participation engagement agreements are executed, then a formal implementation plan will be released. For additional information, please click here.

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