Milwaukee Public Schools is the largest school district in Wisconsin. We understand the impact of an economically viable community on education. As a major employer and purchaser of goods and services, MPS is committed to display excellence within its own operations diversity, training and economic responsibility reflective of its education mission.
Consistent with the district's commitment to community and economic responsibility, Milwaukee Public Schools has created a robust infrastructure to include the Historically Underutilized Business (HUB), Communities in Need (COIN) and the Student Engagement programs. Contract Compliance Services (CCS) assigns, monitors, and reports HUB, COIN and Student Engagement performance relative to awarded contract dollars. CCS has coordinated team efforts with key department leaders to integrate supplier diversity into the vision and mission of the District through these program objectives.
Historically Underutilized Business
The MPS Contract Compliance Services supplier diversity initiative strives to increase the number of diverse business enterprises that supply goods and services to the District. This initiative ultimately fosters a more competitive bid climate and increases cost-saving opportunities for the District.
Communities In Need
The COIN initiative is MPS’ workforce preference program which targets the employment of District constituents on construction contracts who are unemployed or under-employed and meet general free/reduced lunch eligibility criteria. Facilities and Maintenance Services contractors provide regular work opportunities for COIN workers under this program. COIN individuals are a mixture of both skilled and unskilled workers.
Student Employment and Career Education
Student Engagement requirements expose MPS students in career exploration through educational activities that may include paid employment. The Student Employment requirement affords MPS students the opportunity to gain meaningful employment experiences. Many vendors and contractors continue partnership commitment beyond the requirement period. Most MPS contracts now require a minimum of 10 hours of career education.