The RISE initiative is a joint effort by the Wisconsin Technical College System and the Department of Workforce Development to develop career pathways benefitting low income adults who lack college credentials or have limited English proficiency. The initiative is supported by a Shifting Gears grant from the Joyce Foundation. RISE previously funded a number of career pathway curriculum development projects in 2008.
Funds are now able for additional RISE curriculum development projects. Technical colleges may apply for grants related to one or both of the following areas:
· Postsecondary career pathway curricula that chunk WTCS diploma or degree programs into certificates associated with career advancement opportunities.
· Career pathway bridge curricula employing contextualized learning to accelerate the transitions of ABE/ELL learners to postsecondary occupational education.
This effort is intended to stimulate career pathway and bridge development that can be replicated in or adapted to other parts of the state. These curriculum development funds may be used to assist Industry Partnership initiatives and complement Industry Partnership grants funded by DWD.