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DEVELOPING LOCAL TALENT: THE 'INSPIRE' PROGRAM « Back to Search Results

Connect with your future workforce and keep our talent local!

This school year, all Wisconsin public school district middle school and high school students are participating in academic and career planning.  Called Career Cruising, this software allows students to input information to help identify interests and potential careers that tie to those interests.

The second part of this software, called Inspire, provides an opportunity for employers to connect with students on potential careers within their organizations and provide information on existing work-based learning and career-readiness programs making it easier for students’ to engage in those opportunities aligned to the careers and career pathway areas of interest.  Inspire integrates employer profile information, career-based learning opportunities, and access to volunteer online career coaches directly into the Career Cruising Academic and Career Planning (ACP) system to more deeply engage business participation in and support of the regions ACP process.  It allows business and industry to connect with local students while they are in school in hopes of tying their likes and interests to careers in our region.

Momentum West has secured the license and developed the web portal - inspireconnect.org.  CESA’s 10 and 11 are working with the school districts in the region.  At present, numerous partners in the region are working to establish a base of business profiles in each county to create enough mass to launch the Inspire portion of the Career Cruising software and make the students experience positive and meaningful.  Eventually the employer databases of the other nine regions like Momentum West will be connected, forming the statewide Inspire network that will help students and employers connect both regionally and statewide.

The key to the success of this, or the level of interaction within the schools with business and industry, depends on the volume of data input by employers in the region.  We invite you to join the growing list of businesses in the region that are setting up their organizations profiles.  There is no cost to do this, but will offer you the ability to connect with your future workforce.

Please go the inspireconnections.org to begin setting up your profile, learn more about Inspire connections, or reach out to sarah@momentuwest.org or steve@momentumwest.org and we’ll be happy to help you get your profile started.