Business Partners and Apprenticeships


RUSD Diversity Workforce Employment Event
Thursday, March 23 from 3-4:30 p.m.
Festival Hall (5 Fifth St.)

Partnering with SE WRTP/Big Step, this event will continue the District's engagement with W/S/M/DBE businesses to learn how they are able to participate in upcoming contracting opportunities with the long-range facilities master plan/referendum projects. The meeting will be held from 3 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Center, 1134 Dr. Martin Luther King Dr, Racine, WI 53404. Please contact or for any additional information. 


Working with RUSD

Since March of 2019, the Racine Unified School District joined the Wisconsin Association of Public Purchasers (WAPP) consortium agency and began posting bids, requests for proposals (RFP) or qualifications (RFQ) and quotes online with DemandStar. 

The Association for Public Procurement has partnered with DemandStar, an online marketplace connecting local governments with an extensive network of suppliers across Wisconsin and nationwide. DemandStar is open and accessible to all businesses and provides instant access to RFPs, bids, quotes, and other opportunities with the Wisconsin Association for Public Procurement.

Register for DemandStar

By registering for a complimentary account with DemandStar, you get Instant Access to WAPP opportunities:

  • All bids and quotes for the Wisconsin Association for Public Procurement

  • Automatic notifications from the Wisconsin Association for Public Procurement - right to your inbox

  • Access to quickly view contractual terms and scope of work

  • All required forms and documents needed - in one place.

Join RUSD's Apprenticeship Program

Community and employer partnerships benefit students, educators, business leaders and our community. Learn how this program provides real-world, professional experiences for students by creating partnerships between the RUSD Academies and local businesses. For more information contact Alex DeBaker, Executive Director of Academies & Transformation:

PHONE: (262) 664-8762 | EMAIL:


Learn More About Pre-Apprenticeship Programs

First Choice

The Racine YMCA’s First Choice helps clients overcome barriers by providing mentoring, training and instruction that leads to career and life success. For more information visit



BIG STEP works closely with the construction trades’ Joint Apprenticeship Training Committees to develop programs that help participants prepare for apprenticeships in the trade of their choice. For more information visit


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