Expanding the Talent Pipeline

Next month over 26,000 students will be graduating from HERA institutions and entering the region’s talent pipeline. In this newsletter, you will learn how to connect with these recent graduates to fill any open positions across your industries. You will also read about the ways HERA is providing innovative educational programs to ensure all students receive the training they need today to fill the jobs of tomorrow. Because collaboration is the key to success, there are opportunities for you to work with HERA to help our work as we further enhance employee readiness and expand the region’s talent pool. 

Happy to continue our partnership!

Dr. Swallow
HERA Chair and President, Carthage College

The Facts 

HERA is unified in connecting businesses with talented future employees and promoting the value of living and working in southeastern Wisconsin to students across our region. 

With over 26,000 students entering the workforce next month, employers can connect with recent graduates using Handshake. This is the largest job posting platform of its kind with access to four million students in southeastern Wisconsin and across the country. Employers can post open jobs, internships and events that will reach current students in our area, recent graduates from HERA institutions as well as HERA alumni.
Reach out to learn more about how HERA can help connect you with our region’s top talent at
HERA Highlights

HERA Sets Combined Student Retention Goal
Higher education institutions across our area continue to work towards retaining more students and increase student success. While each institution usually sets a student retention goal on their own, HERA as a collective is aiming to increase retention rates by six percentage points by 2024. This goal will ensure more than 700 students per class continue through college and enter the talent pipeline.

To help achieve this goal, HERA institutions are working together on shared initiatives like reforming hold policies and offering retention grants. Read more about the combined retention goal and how it will impact the entire region in BizTimes Milwaukee.

International Visitor Leadership Program Meets with HERA Institution Partners
On April 11, 2022, HERA’s institution partners met with nine educators from across Latin America through the International Visitor Leadership Program, the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. We were happy to host this group and share insights into higher education in the United States and the innovative ways institutions and employers are partnering to promote economic prosperity through workforce development and educational opportunities.
Learning from Other Top Higher Education Institutions
HERA institutions had the pleasure of hearing from Dr. Russell Lowry-Hart, president at Amarillo College. This public community college in Amarillo, Texas enrolls over 10,000 students at six different campuses and has been named a 2021 Top Five Institution and Rising Star for the Aspen Prize for Community College Experience. During his presentation, Dr. Lowry-Hart shared how Amarillo College has been successful in achieving a culture of student-centricity, resulting in higher graduation rates and reduced achievement gaps. Some key takeaways and learnings from his presentation included:
  • Understanding our current students’ backgrounds and priorities to better meet their needs now and lead them to future success.
  • Realizing students and our communities have different demands than in years past.
  • Offering holistic services that can best meet students’ immediate and long-term needs.
Moon Shot for Equity Update

Four HERA partner institutions – Carthage College, Milwaukee Area Technical College, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and University of Wisconsin – Parkside – are actively participating in education firm EAB’s Moon Shot for Equity program to learn best practices on closing equity gaps in our region. Learnings are then shared with the 14 other HERA intuition partners.

In recent months, this program helped the institutions realize opportunities for student success by reforming traditional financial hold thresholds and the use of retention grants. With more than $1 million allocated to new retention grant award processes and 130 holds removed and many more revised or made less punitive, more than 1,000 students continued their education who would have otherwise been prevented from doing so.

Advance Our Region

HERA is currently developing a web-based searchable catalog for current and future HERA badges and micro-credentials. This catalog will create a hub of numerous reskilling, new-skilling and upskilling opportunities for students and community members to further their education and better meet the needs of the region. Employers can also use this resource for future partnership opportunities.

While the catalog will focus on existing badges and micro-credentials, HERA institutions are interested in partnering for future badges or micro-credentialing programs. If you notice a need for further education in your industry, please reach out to us at

HERA is once again offering its Foundations in Data and Artificial Intelligence badge to students who complete MKE Tech Hub Coalition’s FUSE summer externship program. If interested in learning more about this program and the volunteer opportunities available, please contact us at
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