Inspire Report Released, Numbers Look Promising

(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 2014 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.

After a gradual ramp-up, the numbers look promising. Student activity levels, among various Middle and High Schools, are climbing each month. Specific pacesetters at the Middle School level include: Edison, Franklin, Marshall, McNeel and Milton. Meanwhile, Clinton, Edgerton, FJ Turner and Parkview represent the leading High Schools.

The frequency of identifying prospective career choices and higher education targets, as it relates to the 13,000 + active student portfolios that have been uploaded into the system, are steadily increasingly. To date, over 2,400 student portfolios contain at least two career choices and nearly 630 students have mapped out the location of their preferred higher education target.

The Inspire engagement features, which provide a pathway to access real-time (career and employment) information from area companies and receive input from virtual career coaches, are beginning to show signs of increased use, as well. Students are accessing company pages, posting questions to the message boards and exploring the system’s work-based learning activities. While encouraging, these statistics represent a fraction of the available capacity housed within this powerful career readiness and preparation platform.

That’s why it is important, particularly as the summer break rapidly approaches, to remember the useful tools provided through Inspire Rock County. With direct access to nearly 100 companies and career coaches, not to mention almost 200 work-based learning activities, it is never too late to begin planning. Therefore, students, parents and educators are reminded to use the Inspire platform while navigating the summer, as well as preparing for the upcoming fall too. For more information, visit www.inspirerockcounty.org .

Rock County 5.0 is a public / private economic development initiative designed to reposition and revitalize Rock County’s economy. The initiative’s efforts are focused on the following five economic development strategies: Business Retention & Expansion, Business & Investment Attraction, Small Business & Entrepreneurship, Real Estate Positioning and Workforce Profiling. For additional Rock County 5.0 information, visit www.rockcounty5.com .