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Alt School Seniors Participate in 60 Forward Initiative

A partnership with Mid-State Technical College and our Marshfield Alternative High School offers a unique opportunity to advance the statewide 60 Forward Initiative by removing admissions barriers to college.  This collaboration admits all incoming seniors at our Marshfield Alternative High School to Mid-State Technical College for the upcoming summer and fall 2022 and spring 2023 terms. Once admitted, students will receive monthly support to ensure post-secondary readiness. These 1:1, in-school sessions include the creation of an individualized pathway plan, FAFSA and scholarship support and career exploration support, all culminating with an on-campus event in May.  During the event, students will work with advising staff to celebrate the commitment and register for upcoming classes. 

The goal of the 60 Forward initiative is to increase Wisconsin’s post-secondary attainment rate which will result in increased earning potential and economic mobility for our citizens and a skilled workforce for Wisconsin’s employers. At the national level, The Lumina Foundation’s report, A Stronger Nation, shared 60% of our national workforce, aged 25-64, will need a post-secondary credential by 2025 to meet the demands of industry and provide a stronger personal economic future.  The Wisconsin Technical Colleges, the University of Wisconsin System, and the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities created the 60 Forward Initiative agreeing on the goal of increased post-secondary attainment of 60% by 2027.  The current Wisconsin post-secondary attainment rates vary by county but range from 24%-62%.

The initiative kicked off with Admit Day on Friday, October 29, 2021!