HERA Connect Fall 2022

Reaching Every Student

We are officially in the 2022/2023 academic year, and it is much different from the last two years. Having students fully back on campus brings a different energy that is reinvigorating for faculty and staff.

We are honored to serve over 125,000 degree-seeking students across southeastern Wisconsin who are all key to driving our economy forward. What many might not realize is over 57% of these students are considered non-traditional students. These are adults who are enrolling for the first time, students who started and didn’t finish college but wish to do so now, or those who are enrolling to continue their education for further career advancement with certifications or advanced degrees. These students often bring different life and work experiences to their educational journey and have a unique voice that enhances our learning.

Because of this large student population and our commitment to better serving them, this newsletter will share a bit more about our non-traditional students and HERA’s dedication to equity to ensure all students have equal access and opportunities to our educational programs.

Dr. Swallow
HERA Chair and President, Carthage College

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HERA Connect Summer 2022

Partnering Together

As a collaborative of 18 southeastern Wisconsin higher education institutions and partner organizations, HERA works to close achievement gaps and train students for their future careers.  As part of our work, we are proud to continue developing certification and micro-credential programs that meet local businesses’ current workforce demands by training on specific job skills.

In this newsletter, you will learn more about the different opportunities available to students to further their education and receive training to fill the jobs of tomorrow. You will also learn how you can partner with HERA to help shape our educational programs to make the most impact in your industry. 


Dr. Swallow
HERA Chair and President, Carthage College

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HERA Connect Spring 2022

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

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HERA Connect Winter 2022

Welcome to the inaugural Higher Education Regional Alliance (HERA) quarterly newsletter. We are excited to use this newsletter as an extension of our partnership to close achievement gaps and educate students to meet the workforce needs of our region. By working together, we can increase college completion rates, develop powerful educational programs and connect employers with the talent needed to build a stronger southeastern Wisconsin.

As chair of HERA, I’m proud of the important work HERA is doing to better our region and ensure student success. In each newsletter, we will include valuable information about the needs of area employers and what HERA is doing to increase student outcomes and grow the region’s talent pipeline. We will also request some information from you on how we can better work together to fulfill the needs of both employers and students.

I am looking forward to the collaboration!

Dr. Swallow

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