Great regional partners enable great collaborative work.  Whether leading or contributing, we are blessed with strong allies.


NEWMA is a well established manufacturers alliance bringing hundreds of employers, educators K-16, workforce development and economic development partners to build a strong pipeline of talent to support the dominant employment sector in the New North Region.  One unique program engaging employers and NEW ERA member institutions is Internship Draft Day, an event that brings employers, and students together at Lambeau Field (Home of the Green Bay Packers) for a match-making exercise, concluding with the ‘draft’ of student interns to participating employers (40 employers and 200 internship opportunities for the 2020 event)

NEW Digital Alliance is a consortium of businesses, cutting across industries, working with k-16, economic development, and workforce development organizations to grow digital talent and collaboration efforts that promote the tech helath of the region. The Alliance partners with NEW ERA organizations on a number of initiatives including a higher ed committee bringing together IT programs across institutions, TechTalks, and annual surveys to understand IT program enrollment and growth. NEW ERA member institutions also partner on the NEW Connect IT event, an annual event that connects over 350 high school students with regional employers and colleges to explore IT careers and educational pathways. NEW ERA members are also connecting with regional employers through the Alliance’s TechConnect-Pro series designed to create partnerships and collaborations between companies and colleges leading to increased innovation, employee learning opportunities, and strengthened learning outcomes for students.


NEW ERA and the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) are working together to launch a scaled version of the Graduate Credit Quest, which is a web based platform that provides a searchable data base of graduate level courses that support dual credit teachers pursuit of credentials that satisfy the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) requirements

New North is a regional (18 county) economic development organization that has partnered with NEW ERA and individual member institutions to advance regional talent development, unique research projects, and economic development initiatives that include talent development strategies. One of those initiatives is the formation of a regional ‘talent hub’, or a compendium of education, training, recruiting, and promotional efforts that include engagement of post-secondary institutions as principal partners.

Pathways is mapping pathways for K-12 students with the help of NEW ERA member institutions and their pathway components that include higher education, and post-secondary credentialing/degree objectives.


The four Technical College-members of NEW ERA are part of a state system of 16 Technical Colleges. The WTCS provides for coordination, advocacy, leadership and common governance and other shared interests. It is a critical partner to individual members and to the organization as well.


The UW System provides for a state-wide collaboration and coordination among the 13 UW universities across 26 campuses located across the State. UW-Green Bay and UW-Oshkosh – The two UW universities in NEW ERA are part of the UW System, which educates 165,000 students annually.  The UW System is a critical partner to the individual members and the NEWERA organization.