Fall Newsletter

Welcome to the fall 2017 Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin (WDBSCW) newsletter! We want to give you an inside look at projects we focused on this summer and update you on some of our program successes. 

From spending two weeks at Camp Step to the Windows to Work graduation, the WDBSCW was busy this summer. Be sure to watch the videos featuring our Middle College graduates at their summer work experiences. And don't forget to catch up on our summer events including the Stoughton Road  Business Walk and the Stay local Employment & Resource Showcase in Baraboo.

Thank you for your partnership and support in building a stronger talent pipeline, right here in South Central Wisconsin.

Pat Schramm, WDBSCW CEO
Full Board Meeting

Thursday, September 26, 2017 / 11:00am - 1:00pm
United Way of Dane County / Madison
2059 Atwood Ave.

Annual Board Meeting

Thursday, November 2, 2017 / 10:00 - 11:00am
The Edgewater / Madison
1001 Wisconsin Place

Annual Luncheon

Please join us for the 2017 Workforce Development Board Annual Luncheon! We invite you to help us celebrate and reflect on the Board's progress, hear relevant industry and workforce topics facing the region and look ahead to what's next. Registration ends October 19.

Thursday, November 2, 2017 / 11:00 - 1:00pm
The Edgewater / Madison
1001 Wisconsin Place

Madison Offenders Get an Intervention
Ten men with criminal histories sat down to talk about enforcement and support with police
officers and employment, education, and substance abuse treatment representatives. The men learned about the possibilities of living a successful life after being released from jail. 

"If you want to stay in your comfort zone, let's see how far we go. But if you're willing to be uncomfortable and struggle for a little while, success will come eventually," said Dynae Saba, a Career Services Specialist at the Dane County Job Center.

Students Explore Healthcare Careers at UW Health 
The Workforce Development Board helps students find internship at UW Health to confirm their interest in the healthcare field and to help create a diverse workforce. Internship tasks may include researching, learning about assessing vital signs, participating in staff meetings, shadowing healthcare teams, stocking supplies and entering data. 

Camp-StepWe Found the Adventures in Adulthood with Camp Step
This June, 10 young adults spent two weeks at Camp Step to work on their career development. Camp Step is a two-week program for individuals in Dane County. Participants meet with subject-matter experts to discuss important topics like workplace expectations and independence. 

Throughout the two weeks, participants built resumes, practiced interviewing and created personal budgets. They met with experts who helped them map career pathways and search for jobs.

"Camp Step helped me explore my career path and helped me decide what I want to do for a career," said Cyrus, a Camp Step graduate.

The young adults escaped the classroom setting for a day to explore local companies. They were able to ask about open careers, training opportunities and working and growing with each company. Camp Step visited five companies, including Oakwood Village Prairie Ridge, American Family Insurance, Webcrafters, UW Health Technician Training Program and Findorff.

Camp Step also volunteered at Community Action Coalition, where they teamed together to put together over 30 pallets, full of boxes of donated food.

"Compass allowed me to feel confident in my future and gave me work experience," explained Quinn, a Camp Step graduate. 

Quinn spent his internship with the Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin (WDBSCW) rebranding the camp's marketing materials. The program will run in December 2017 and was rebranded as Compass, to be more inclusive to adults.
Camp Step is funded by the Independent Living grant, which was awarded to the Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin (WDBSCW) in early 2017.
MiddleCollegeGraduation Middle College Honors Sixth Class of Graduates
The 2016-17 class of Middle College students walked across the stage Tuesday, May 16 to celebrate their completion of the two-semester workforce-training program. Middle College prepares high school seniors for career pathways in healthcare, manufacturing and culinary arts with technical college coursework.  The ceremony celebrated 30 graduates from the Madison College Truax and Fort Atkinson campuses.

"I really think Middle College is a wonderful program [...] I wouldn't have been able to graduate high school without it and it also made my future so much more realistic for me because I always struggle with seeing myself being able to go to college due to financial issues and educational issues [...] so being able to see that goal with the help of the program was amazing," said Samantha, a Middle College healthcare graduate. Samantha spent her summer work experience at UW Health West Towne Clinic in internal medicine.

Abi also graduated from the Middle College healthcare cohort and completed her summer work experience at UW Health Arboretum Clinic.  Trae, a Middle College manufacturing graduate, spent his summer work experience at Finicki Auto Electric.

"It's a foot in the door to endless possibilities that you don't even know about. If you have the opportunity, go for it. Middle College is a great experience for me," said Chynna, a Middle College culinary graduate. She spent her summer working in the kitchen at Blackhawk Country Club.

Check out Abi, Samantha, Chynna and Trae's videos to learn more about how Middle College helped them. 
DaneCountyJail Dane County Jail Celebrate Windows to Work Graduation
Twenty-six inmates at the Dane County Jail celebrated their graduation from the Windows to Work program on Wednesday, June 14. This 7-week course is designed to increase the chances of success and employment post-release.

"Rehabilitation. That's what it's all about. Rehabilitation. And this is the first step of [...] getting back into society. It's definitely something to think about and not to take lightly. [The WorkSmart Network staff and the job Coaches at the Dane County Jail] are taking the time out of their professional day to help us get reentry back into society and that's a big thing," said Allan Brown, a graduate of the program.

In 2015, the Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin (WDBSCW) announed that it received a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to provide reentry services using the Windows to Work model. The goal was to serve 100 participants over 18 months.

Pre-release components include cognitive intervention, general work skills and expectations, financial literacy, community resources, and job seeking applications and resumes. After release, participants receive job readiness support and follow-up services in the American Job Center and community partners. 

Over the past 18 months, the grant helped 94 inmates at the Dane County jail receive pre- and post-release support. In June 2017, the WDBSCW received an extension on the grant to continue helping graduates of the program search for and secure employment. 

Dane County Inmates Graduate from Windows to Work Program / WKOW
StayStay Local Baraboo 
Left to right: Seth Lentz, Marty Krueger, Pat Schramm, Mike Palm, Joe Ledger
On Tuesday, August 8, over 300 Baraboo residents gathered on the Sauk County Courthouse Lawn and Square for the Stay Local Employment and Resource Showcase. Job seekers met with over 40 local businesses to explore open positions. Attendees were also able to discover community resources available to them through the 16 community-based organizations and vendors.

The Showcase began with a welcome keynote from the City of Baraboo Mayor, Mike Palm, and the Sauk County Board Chair, Marty Krueger.

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Stay Local Employment and  Resource Showcase! 
StoughtonWalkStoughton Business Walk
On Thursday, June 22, teams of local business and civic leaders took part in a Business Walk through the Stoughton Road Corridor business community.

A Business Walk is an economic development initiative that, in a short amount of time, allows local leaders to find out how a business community is doing. Walkers gather responses from the business owners or managers on how business is, what they enjoy about working in the location, and what can be done to improve business. The responses help generate a simple, easy-to-read report that decision makers can use to help strengthen the business community.

The goals of the Business Walk were to create a unified voice, build stronger relationships between the business community and local government, and target and assist companies at risk to help foster a more prosperous business climate.

The Stoughton Road Corridor walkers visited over 220 businesses! Check out this video to hear more about the walk. 
The South Central Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship Consortium was awarded a $360,000 Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship grant to deliver and grow youth apprenticeship programs for nearly 400 young adults in the region. 

The consortium includes the Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin (WDBSCW), Dane County School Consortium, Madison Metropolitan School District, and Jefferson School to Career Consortium.

"The Youth Apprenticeship program is a win-win for building a talented and inclusive workforce in our region. Businesses and organizations across industries have really stepped up to provide students with deep work-based learning opportunities," said Marshall Behringer, Talent and Education Manager at Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce.

Wisconsin's Youth Apprenticeship grant is part of a statewide School-to-Work initiative. The program helps high school students develop their skills through hands-on experiences and instruction at a worksite. Youth Apprenticeships give Wisconsin's young adults the opportunity to explore career options while earning a wage and gaining experience.

Governor Scott Walker announced $3.9 million in Youth Apprenticeship grant awards, which will go to 33 consortiums throughout Wisconsin. The grants will help more than 43,000 high school students gain academic and technical instruction with mentored on-the-job training, according to the   press release issued by the Governor's Office.
WhereAreThirty-Five Years of Experience Pays Off
After a career in various office environments, Lisa connected with the WorkSmart Network. She had extensive experience, but no degree or specialty. She was determined to change that.

The WorkSmart Network offered Lisa the support and funding she needed through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WiOA) to advance her career. She received help charting a doable course for the degree she had been trying to obtain for 35 years.

"For me, obtaining this degree at Madison College has strengthened my confidence, rekindled my innate desire to ask "What about this?" and retooled my skills into a vibrant professional presence to bring into my Administrative Professional career. I am grateful to you all in the WorkSmart Network and every department at Madison College," said Lisa.

This spring, Lisa celebrated her graduation from Madison College and received a technical diploma in the Administrative Professional program. She is now working at the Department of Employee Trust Funds. Congratulations Lisa!
Middle College Leads Manufacturing Graduate to Success
Vince never thought he would be able to go to college. But during his junior year of high school, he heard about Middle College. 

"I distinctly remember him saying that college wasn't for him, that he had a learning disability and he really didn't envision himself in post-secondary education," explained Danielle, a training navigator at Madison College.

But with a little encouragement from his mom, his special education teacher and his guidance counselor, Vince decided to give Middle College a try. And in the spring of 2016, not only did he graduate as the most skilled welder in his class, but he also decided to go on to the Metal Fabrication program at the Madison College - Fort Atkinson campus. 

Vince excelled in all of his classes and even participated in the Skills USA competition that took place in Wisconsin. His team brought home the gold in the College Welding Fabrication division and continued on to the national competition in Louisville, Kentucky!

While in the program, Vince's father passed away unexpectedly. Vince leaned heavily on his support network during this time, but persevered with his education plans, despite his grief. As a tribute, Vince created a bench for his father.

After graduating from the Metal Fabrication program, Vince was hired at Spartan Laser as a Shop Foreman. He works with the other shop employees to interpret blueprints for contractors like NASA and GM. 

Vince had many supporters during his journey, including his mom, Danielle, his Middle College instructors and his Metal Fabrication instructors. Congratulations, Vince, on pursing and achieving your new career!
Thanks for reading! 

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