Summer 2015 Edition

A Message from the WDBSCW CEO/Executive Director

Dear Workforce Development Board Members and Partners:

We hope that you are having a good summer. At the Board, the summer is steaming along as we work on positioning the Board and our partners to meet the new federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requirements. We are very excited by the opportunities that the new WIOA services feature, such as expanded work experience and technical skills training for young adults.

Our local elected officials, county board chairs and the Dane County Executive have been hard at work on our workforce development board re-designation.

While implementation of WIOA has been a strong focal point of our attention, the Board has been able to continue to advance the sector work within the region. The Columbia-Sauk-Marquette Manufacturing Alliance has been on the road with the Sauk County Development Corporation members visiting with the school boards of our northern counties served to talk about the needs of manufacturing and discuss new ways that our region's schools can collaborate with industry to prepare future workers. In Dane County, we have a newly launched Manufacturing Alliance. The Alliance will be meeting in October with the Dane County School Consortium to discuss future collaborations.

Please take a moment and explore this newsletter to see what else we've been working on this summer.

Thank you to all who are contributing to the success of South Central Wisconsin's workforce. Have a great rest of your summer.


Pat Schramm,
CEO/Executive Director, WDBSCW 
New Graduates Build a Foundation of Construction Knowledge

Meet the candidates
Meet our Foundations for the Trades Academy graduates
The Foundations for the Trades Academy, a 7-week intensive training program in which students learn foundational construction skills and earn certificates in OSHA safety, flagging and CPR/First-Aid through a culmination of classroom and construction worksite training, recently completed its summer session in July 2015.

The hard work and dedication of the students culminated in a ceremony for the 9 graduates at the Urban League of Greater Madison on July 24 th. The graduates also interviewed with 12 regional construction companies and contractors for available job opportunities in the industry. Many of the graduates have already entered the workforce via pre-apprenticeship or apprenticeships.

Middle College Culinary students at the FEED Kitchen during finals week.
Middle College Honors Graduates; Record Number Take Part in Summer Work Experiences

The Middle College celebrated the graduation of its fourth cohort in May 2015. Thirty-nine students completed the program in tracks of manufacturing or healthcare. The students will continue to work with their Middle College Employment Specialist and the WorkSmart Network to get help with continuing their post-secondary education or moving directly into the workforce.

Our Middle College students are well underway with their work experiences this summer, with a record-number of students (58) being placed at 45 partnering companies in the region! These students are gaining industry knowledge and experience in areas of manufacturing, healthcare and culinary arts during their paid work experience. 
HATP participants and instructors at the graduation ceremony in July 2015.
Healthcare Training Program Graduates Newest Class

The Healthcare Administration Training Program (HATP) honored 9 new graduates on July 10th. The graduates spent 12 weeks in a classroom setting learning medical terminology, EPIC software and interpersonal skills at the Urban League of Greater Madison and Madison College, as well as serving a 2-week internship at partner healthcare organizations where they gained exposure to the industry and positions in the field. The program touts a job placement rate of 75 percent for its graduates. 


Meet Sherelle, a 2015 HATP graduate
Meet Sherelle, a 2015 HATP graduate and WorkSmart Network program participant

Meet Sherelle, a recent graduate of the program, and learn more about the HATP program.

WDBSCW Awarded $500K to Start Jail-Based Job Center

Watch the press conference for Dane County Jail-Based Job Center
Watch the press conference announcing the Dane County Jail-Based Job Center 

The Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin was recently awarded a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to create a job center at the Dane County Jail. The center will serve 100  participants over 18 months and is modeled after the successful Windows to Work (W2W) initiative. 


The center will provide pre-release career services to participants via a Career Coach. The Coach will also support post-release services delivered by the community-based job center programs to assist the participants in the transition from incarceration to community.  

Upcoming Events


Dane County Job Fair

The Dane County Job fair will be held at the Alliant Energy Center on Wednesday September 16th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  For more information, visit 


Dane County Manufacturing Council

The mission of the recently formed Dane County Manufacturing Council is to build relationships with schools, parents and students to broaden the vision of career opportunities and develop the talent that manufacturing needs for today and for the future. For more information and dates for the next monthly meeting, contact Danica Nilsestuen at or 608.249.9001 ext. 227.


WDBSCW Board Meeting

The next WDBSCW Board Meeting is slated for September 29th at 11:00 a.m. For more information, contact Erin Bechen at or 608.249.9001 ext 225.


Event Recaps


WorkSmart Network Manufacturing Job Fair

The WorkSmart Network hosted a manufacturing job fair at the Sauk County Job Center on June 25th, bringing in more than 55 applicants for positions available with the 7 featured companies at the event. 


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