Northwest Wisconsin educators form NorthWERD group to support economic
in northwestern Wisconsin are joining together to form a regional consortium of
educational partners called Northwest Wisconsin Educators for Regional
Development or NorthWERD. The group has been developed to respond to the needs
of regional developers and students, as well as identify regional economic
trends and opportunities for graduates as they choose a career path.
partners will celebrate the group’s formation in a signing event at the Lac
Courte Oreilles Community College in Hayward on Wednesday, March 28, at 9 a.m.
The event is free and open to the public.
excited about the partnership in that all the partners have a tremendous
attitude in working together,” says Bob Meyer, NorthWERD Chair and Wisconsin
Indianhead Technical College President. “I think the combined effort and
enthusiasm of everyone involved will make NorthWERD a great success as educators
listen to and support the needs of economic developers in the region.”
comprises representatives from public, private and tribal higher learning
institutions and agencies, including Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
campuses, UW system schools, UW-Extension, Lac Courte Oreilles Community
College, Northcentral Technical College, C.E.S.A. 12 and Northland College.
Meyer says the group will facilitate collaboration among partners while
leveraging collective resources to meet current and emerging educational needs
for students, communities, governments and businesses in the region.
development goes beyond economic growth,” says Michael A. Miller, NorthWERD
Vice-Chair and Northland College President. “We need to ensure that the
necessary infrastructure is in place and enhance access to programs for students
and regional developers in order to grow a vibrant business community.”
NorthWERD has outlined four focus areas that will help participating
institutions be more responsive to economic development needs in order to
promote healthier, sustainable communities. The consortium of educators will
focus on responding to regional educational and economic development needs,
assess existing research and gather additional data to pinpoint economic
opportunities, provide career pathways to success and offer academic advising
and assessment for parents and students.