LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) — University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross and fellow regents got a firsthand look at a few successful UW-La Crosse programs as part of the “All In Wisconsin” tour.
One particular program they visited was the Health Science Academy in the Health Science Center. This program gives area high school students the chance to look at careers in the health industry and get a glimpse into a college campus.
“We’re all in the sales business right now, in the retention business and need to be making the case and that’s what this whole “All In Wisconsin” program is about,” said Andrew Petersen, board of regents president for the UW System.
Health Science Academy is one program the system hopes to replicate at other UW schools to show K-12 students the possibilities in their state.
“What I hear from employers is that they’re just screaming for talent,” said UW System President Ray Cross. “Come on you have to produce more of it, we need more it people, we need more nurses, we need more engineers.”
Early Wednesday morning, President Cross and his fellow regents met with businesses and community leaders at a breakfast to discuss how the UW System can help their organizations.
The tour celebrates the successes of programs at UW System schools while reflecting on the work that still needs to be done in building Wisconsin’s next workforce, a workforce made up of all different types of people.
“Whatever we are doing is not enough because we have to do more, and how do we do that well from early childhood education where students of color actually begin believing they can go to college,” said Cross. “We’re trying to study and analyze that, what can we do better.”
“It’s not only diversity in the traditional sense but diversity in the economic sense,” said Petersen.
The “All In Wisconsin” tour continues next week for Cross and fellow regents up at UW-Superior. They will travel to several UW schools before the end of the year. The UW System serves more than 170,000 students throughout the state.