Chris Litzau

Chris Litzau (in white shirt) works with a group of his students from Racine's CERT school at a solar installation site. Litzau founded the school, which is an alternative high school designed as a hybrid career academy.

Chris Litzau started his career developing real estate. Now he’s moved on to developing young people.

Litzau, who earned his master’s degree in exceptional education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2012, is the founder and driving force behind CERT, a Racine choice school that just completed its first year.

CERT, which stands for Certification and Emergency Response Training, is an alternative high school designed as a hybrid career academy. It provides young people, ages 18 and older, who’ve dropped out or aged out of the traditional public education system with a combination of career skills, licenses, credentials, industry certifications and academic coursework.

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