The CDS program was initiated in the 2008-2009 school year following an inquiry by the Rotarians as to how they could be of help in the educational process by providing insights to students about their potential career choices. Mr. Jack Parker, Superintendent of RUSD at that time, was very supportive of the process to develop this CDS program format and asked several central office RUSD administrators as well as staff members of McKinley Middle School to get involved in working out the details. From insights gained in a pilot project, the mechanics of conducting CDS projects were worked out, and a full schedule of projects were set up in subsequent school years.

Over the years, the CDS program has expanded. More middle schools within Racine Unified Schoold District have been added: Gilmore, Jerstad-Agerholm, Mitchell, REAL School, Starbuck, and Walden. The Kiwanis Club of West Racine was brought into the program as a partner for Walden Middle School. Further expansion occured with the start-up of a CDS program at the Racine YMCA for middle school students in the Young Leaders Academy.


The following businesses, government agencies and non-profit organizations have generously agreed to support the CDS program by serving as Host Organizations:

Partners in Career Education

Rotarians and Kiwanis in Racine have developed with the Racine Unified School District and YMCA an effective partnership for coordinating the CDS program. Since its inception, the CDS program has steadily expanded its scope in order to provide opportunities for an increasing number of young people to participate in this realistic career education experience. The ideals of Rotary, Kiwanis, and the YMCA support theCDS program through commitment to vocational service and to opportunities for young people. A link the website of each of these partners is provided by clicking on the logo of each organization.

Racine Unified School District (RUSD)

Racine Unified School District With approximately 21,000 students, the Racine Unified School District is the fourth largest school district in the state of Wisconsin. Racine Unified features rigorous academics and strong programming in the fine arts, foreign language, school-to-career, physical education, technology, and other electives. As a district, we are proud of the success that we create for all of the students we serve, and proud of our mission to: Educate every student to succeed.


Rotary International

Rotary International Rotary's main objective is service - in the community, in the workplace, and around the globe. The 1.2 million Rotarians who make up more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in nearly every country in the world share a dedication to the ideal of Service Above Self.

Rotary clubs are open to people of all cultures and ethnicities and are not affiliated with any political or religious organizations.


Rotary Club of Racine Founders

Racine Founders Rotary Club The Rotary Club of Racine Founders was chartered on April 19, 1985. The charter date is significant in that Paul P. Harris, founder of Rotary International, was born in Racine on April 19, 1868.

The club has absorbed members of the West Racine Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of Racine when these two Rotary clubs made the decision to no longer function. Rotarians have provided a wide range of service activities to the Racine community since the Rotary Club of Racine was chartered in 1917.

The Rotary Club of Racine Founders mission is to provide service to the local and international communities with a focus on youth, while promoting integrity and generosity through fun and active fellowship of members.

Founders Club meets every Friday morning at 7:00 AM at Racine Country Club.


Kiwanis International

Kiwanis International Kiwanis International is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time. Every club is committed to doing service that is close to its heart and crucial to its community. To ensure that the mission of service is carried forward, award-winning programs have been created for people of all ages and abilities. Kiwanis also joins in global projects to effect change in communities around the world. Annually Kiwanis sponsors more than 150,000 service projects, raises more than $100 million, and devotes more than 18.5 million hours to service. Kiwanis International is a mosaic of ordinary people doing extraordinary things to uplift our communities and serve children around the world.



Kiwanis Club of West Racine

Kiwanis Club of West Racine The Kiwanis Club of West Racine works locally with the Salvation Army, Special Olympics, Nursing Home Olympics, Kiwanis Lights at the Zoo, academic competitions and scholarships, Park High School Key Club, Key Leader training for high school/college studetns, mentoring and tutoring, and many more. All income raised goes directly back to the community.


Racine YMCA

Racine YMCA From exercise to education, from volleyball to volunteerism, from preschool to preventive health, the Y doesn’t just strengthen our bodies. It strengthens our community. The YMCA is dedicated to:

  • Youth Development - nurturing the potential of every child and teen
  • Healthy Living - improving our community’s health and well-being
  • Social Responsibility - giving back and providing support

    Teens are served at the Y through a wide range of youth development programming, including the Young Leaders Academy which teaches leadership skills and helps teens discover what their future can be.


  • Excellence in Education

    • The CDS program gives students a first-hand view of what is involved in career clusters in which they have an interest by touring local businesses and government operations and by being assigned real-world problems that are typical in these fields.
    • Middle school students that confirm their interest in a career cluster through participation in a CDS project have adequate time to plan their related course of study in high school.
    • CDS projects reinforce lessons presented in the classroom by teachers by providing practical applications of this knowledge.
    • CDS projects provide valuable training in critical skills: systematic problem-solving, interpersonal skills of working together as an effective team, and formal presentation of the team's solution in an organized way.
    • The CDS program gets local businesses and government operations directly involved in the education process of young people.
    • Participation in in the CDS program contributes to the foundation of what it takes to prepare young people to be productive citizens in our society.

    Students, host organizations in the community, and school teachers and administrators have all indicated their appreciation for the effectiveness of the Career Discovery Solutions program in bringing real understanding to young people about the content of a wide range of career choices.