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Racine County Workforce Solutions, in partnership with Gateway Technical College and the YWCA of Southeastern Wisconsin, are pleased to announce the graduation of the third 5.09 HSED class.

Fifteen Racine residents graduate with their High School Equivalency Diplomas on June 28, which means fourteen more community members have improved their lives, increased their earning capacity and put themselves in position for more education and training for a better paying job immediately. This is a big step forward for them and their families.

The 5.09 HSED is an approved, competency based, alternative diploma program. This means participants are not required to complete the five-timed computer exams required to obtain a GED or HSED.  Instead they demonstrate their skills and understanding of the material by completing course work such as projects, quizzes, class discussions, and homework.

This is a free 20-week program with 3 hours of required classes, Monday through Thursday, at Racine County Workforce Solutions located at 1717 Taylor Avenue in Racine. The class is broken into three different sections taught by both Gateway and YWCA instructors.

In addition to receiving their HSED, students can also earn their National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC).  The NCRC is an assessment measuring the abilities of a potential employee in three important work-related areas, reading, math, and locating, and helps to identify if an employee has the skills to be successful in a specific job.

While the main goal of the program is to provide individuals with their high school credential, another important part of the program is to prepare individuals for life beyond their high school credential. The hope is that program graduates will continue with their education to obtain additional credentials or degrees. While attending the class, students will receive soft skills training, college and career counseling to help them make an informed decision on the next step in their professional journey.

The 5.09 HSED program is one of the components of the Uplift 900 initiative. Uplift 900’s goal is to reduce unemployment and get Racine back to a place where manufacturing is robust and everyone has the opportunity for family-supporting jobs. This is achieved by eliminating employment and educational barriers for Racine City and County residents.

The next class will begin July 30, 2018 and enrollment is currently underway. To enroll or learn more about the program, contact Bethany Tangerstrom at 262.638.6703 or

To begin the process, interested participants can attend an information and TABE testing sessions held on Fridays, from now until August 17, at 11:30 a.m. in the Adult Education Center at Racine County Workforce Solutions or by contacting Bethany Tangerstrom to schedule an appointment.

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