Workforce development: Walker endorses dual enrollment initiative

Gov. Scott Walker has endorsed a new dual enrollment initiative, a partnership between the Department of Public Instruction and University of Wisconsin Colleges.

The dual enrollment initiative, announced by State Superintendent Tony Evers and UW Colleges & Extension Chancellor Ray Cross, aims to make college-level courses available to high school students. The students would receive both high school and college credits for doing work in their high school classrooms or online.

“I am thrilled to support this new partnership aimed at increasing postsecondary attainment,” Walker said in a press release. “We must continue to foster new opportunities for our students by utilizing common sense partnerships and new technologies aimed at ensuring all students are ready for college or a career.”

To tackle workforce readiness issues, Evers, Cross, and a bipartisan group of education, legislative, and business leaders served on a College and Workforce Readiness Council.