Community Resources

These are resources available in communities across South Central Wisconsin that may help workers, job seekers and employers. The WDBSCW does not endorse them unless specifically noted.

Workforce Development Board of South Central WisconsinThe WDBSCW helps people achieve their goals, whether that's exploring careers, earning degrees or certifications, or finding or training employees. With partners, they discover and develop solutions to overcome barriers and expand talent to make the region stronger.Business, Recruitment, Referral, Workforce DevelopmentLearn More
WorkSmart NetworkThe WorkSmart Network is a team supported by the WDBSCW that specializes in delivering innovative workforce services and solutions to prepare workers for the needs of business and industry.Business, Recruitment, ReferralLearn More
Division of Vocational RehabilitationDVR is a federal/state program designed to obtain, maintain and advance employment for people with disabilities by working with consumers, employers and partners.Business, Community, Education, Recruitment, Referral, WorkerLearn More
Department of Veterans AffairsThe Department of Veterans Affairs provides grants and a variety of services to eligible Wisconsin veterans and their families.Business, Recruitment, ReferralLearn More
Department of CorrectionsThe DOC focuses on public safety through the custody and community supervision of offenders. They offer education, programming and treatment to offenders to enable them to be successful upon their return to the community.Business, Corrections, Recruitment, ReferralLearn More
Wisconsin WorksW2 is a Department of Children and Families program that provides employment preparation services, case management and case assistance to eligible families.Business, Community, Recruitment, Referral, WorkerLearn More
Forward Service CorporationForward Service Corporation is a nonprofit employment and training organization with more than 40 years of experience helping low-income Wisconsin adults and youth begin their careers.Business, Community, Recruitment, Referral, WorkerLearn More
Job Center of WisconsinJCW helps bring employers and job seekers together through services and resources. It connects businesses with talent and local resources, and helps workers succeed in the workforce by connecting them to jobs, training, career information and supportive services.Business, Recruitment, ReferralLearn More
Wisconsin Senior Employment ProgramThe WISE Program is an employment training program for low-income, unemployed individuals ages 55 and older. The program provides subsidized, part-time work experience for individuals through community service to help them obtain the skills necessary for permanent employment.Business, Recruitment, Referral, WorkerLearn More
Windows to WorkWindows to Work is designed to help inmates at the Oakhill Correctional Institution who are about to be released into the South Central Wisconsin area search for and secure employment to ensure successful reintegration into the community.Business, CorrectionsLearn More
Wisconsin Workforce Development AssociationThe WWDA provides a list of Wisconsin's workforce development boards and which counties they serve.Business, Workforce DevelopmentLearn More
Rapid Response ProgramThe WDBSCW provides layoff transition services through Rapid Response to help companies and workers deal with the effects of layoffs and closures.Business, Layoff/ClosureLearn More
Worker Adjustment and Retraining NotificationEmployers laying off workers employed in Wisconsin should be aware that federal and/or state law may require that written notice be provided 60 days in advance of a dislocation event. The Department of Workforce Development has more information about the WARN Act and requirements.Business, Layoff/ClosureLearn More
Urban League of Greater MadisonThe Urban League's mission is to ensure African American and other community members are educated, employed and empowered to live well, advance professionally and contribute to the common good in the 21st century.Business, CommunityLearn More
Latino Academy of Workforce DevelopmentThe Latino Academy aims to help underemployed Latino adults receive the quality education and training necessary to attain better jobs and ultimately give back to their communities.Business, CommunityLearn More
WRTP/Big STEPWRTP/Big STEP is a nonprofit workforce intermediary dedicated to connecting people to family-sustaining jobs and enhancing the ability of public and private sector organizations to recruit, develop and retain a more diverse, qualified workforce in construction, manufacturing and emerging sectors of the regional economy.Business, CommunityLearn More
Centro Hispano of Dane CountyCentro Hispano aspires to make Dane County a community where Latino families can aspire upward to reach their personal goals and dreams because they feel engaged and strengthened with the tools for success.Business, CommunityLearn More
Catholic Multicultural CenterThe Catholic Multicultural Center is a social service-based community center with programs and services designed to help those in need with meeting basic needs and finding opportunities for educational and spiritual growth.Business, CommunityLearn More
People Helping PeoplePeople Helping People is a nonprofit community-building organization that applies the time and talents of its members directly toward needs within the local community.Business, CommunityLearn More
Operation Fresh StartOFS provides a path forward for disconnected youth in Dane County, ages 16-24, through education, mentoring and employment training.Business, Community, Transportation, WorkerLearn More
Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin, Inc.CACSCW works to build on the strengths, assets and capacities of low-income people and communities by focusing on housing, food and clothing needs.Business, CommunityLearn More
Central Wisconsin Community Action CouncilCWCAC operates a variety of state and federal programs to help low-income families become more self-sufficient and to help communities grow and prosper.Business, CommunityLearn More
Literacy NetworkThe Literacy Network helps adults achieve their goals through personalized education services and support.Business, CommunityLearn More
Big Brothers Big SistersBig Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers and children, ages 6 through 18, in Dane County to help develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.Business, CommunityLearn More
Cooperative Educational Service Agency 1CESA 1 serves southeastern Wisconsin and acts as a link between school districts and the state.Business, EducationLearn More
Cooperative Educational Service Agency 2CESA 2 acts as a link between school districts and the state in Dane, Green, Jefferson, Kenosha, Racine, Rock and Walworth counties.Business, EducationLearn More
Cooperative Educational Service Agency 3CESA 3 acts as a link between school districts and the state in southwestern Wisconsin.Business, EducationLearn More
Dane County School ConsortiumDCSC works collaboratively with Dane County School Districts and statewide programs to offer educational opportunities related to career exploration.Business, EducationLearn More
Pathways WisconsinPathways Wisconsin is a regional approach to deliver high-quality state-endorsed regional career pathways, which are a series of connected education, training and support strategies aimed at helping students achieve success. Supported by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.Business, EducationLearn More
Madison CollegeMadison College offers over 180 degree, diploma and certificate programs throughout South Central Wisconsin at campuses in Madison, Fort Atkinson, Portage, Reedsburg and Watertown.Business, EducationLearn More
Moraine Park Technical CollegeMoraine Park Technical College offers more than 100 degrees, certificates and apprenticeships in traditional classroom and online formats. Campus locations include Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend with regional centers in Hartford and Ripon.Business, EducationLearn More
Edgewood CollegeEdgewood College offers more than 60 majors and more than 40 minors.Business, EducationLearn More
Manufacturing Business Alliance of the Dodge County RegionThe MBA of the Dodge County Region works to attract and sustain manufacturing in the region to maintain a strong local manufacturing sector.Business, IndustryLearn More
The Manufacturing AllianceThe Manufacturing Alliance aims to connect manufacturers and community leaders from across Sauk, Columbia and Marquette counties to focus on coordinated talent strategies, share best practices, promote smart resource utilization and address key issues to strengthen the economic health of the region.Business, IndustryLearn More
Made In Dane Manufacturing NetworkThe Made In Dane Manufacturing Network is a team of manufacturers in Dane County that work to create a space to share ideas and best practices, engage and build partnerships, and work to transform the image of manufacturing.Business, IndustryLearn More
Wisconsin Long-Term Care Workforce AllianceThe Wisconsin Long-Term Care Workforce Alliance is a coalition of organizations and individuals who recognize the critical role direct care workers play in meeting the long-term care needs of older workers and people of all ages with disabilities. They aim to develop and implement statewide and community-based strategies to improve the recognition, retention, recruitment and economic status of the long-term care workforce.Business, IndustryLearn More
Greater Madison Chamber of CommerceThe Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce is focused on creating prosperity and opportunity that will lead to community wealth and bring Greater Madison to its full potential.Business, ChambersLearn More
Columbia Chamber of CommerceThe Columbia Chamber works to build a stronger community for businesses and residents through networking, learning opportunities and assistance navigating complex issues facing the business community.Business, ChambersLearn More
Jefferson County Chamber of CommerceThe Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce serves the community by supporting economic development through a strong business climate.Business, ChambersLearn More
Sauk Prairie Area Chamber of CommerceThe Sauk Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce works to promote and foster a healthy economy and quality of life for the community.Business, ChambersLearn More
Monarch Library SystemThe Monarch Library System works with 33 member libraries in Dodge, Ozaukee, Sheboygan and Washington counties to help make them more effective as they provide services to customers.Business, LibraryLearn More
Winnefox Library SystemThe Winnefox Library System provides services to 30 public libraries in Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Marquette, Waushara and Winnebago counties.Business, LibraryLearn More
South Central Library SystemThe South Central Library System serves 54 public libraries in Adams, Columbia, Dane, Green, Portage, Sauk and Wood counties.Business, LibraryLearn More
Bridges Library SystemThe Bridges Library System provides services to 24 member libraries in Waukesha and Jefferson counties.Business, LibraryLearn More
Wisconsin Fast Forward GrantThe WFF grant program is a nationally recognized, innovative talent development solution driven by Wisconsin businesses to train and retain highly skilled workers.Business, Incumbent WorkerLearn More
Bureau of Apprenticeship StandardsThe Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards houses a collection of resources for apprentices and employers.Business, Incumbent WorkerLearn More
WisConomyWisConomy helps businesses and job seekers research economic and labor market data to make informed employment decisions.Business, Data/Labor MarketLearn More
EMSIEMSI provides labor market data to help colleges offer the right programs, employers hire the right talent, and economic and workforce developers prosper their communities.Business, Data/Labor MarketLearn More
Madison Region Economic PartnershipMadREP is the economic development agency for the eight-county Madison region.Business, Data/Labor MarketLearn More
Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative CorporationWWBIC is a leading innovative, statewide economic development corporation that provides access to critical resources to targeted individuals who are interested in starting, strengthening or expanding businesses.Business, OtherLearn More
WETAPWETAP provides no-interest vehicle repair and purchase loans.Transportation, WorkerLearn More
Job Access LoansJob Access Loans are short-term, no-interest loans designed to assist eligible individuals to meet emergency needs that support employment. Supported by the Department of Children and Families.Transportation, WorkerLearn More
Work-n-WheelsThe Work-n-Wheels auto loan program is designed to help income eligible families and individuals with assistance in obtaining an affordable and dependable vehicle.Transportation, WorkerLearn More
VanPoolThe Department of Administration provides alternative transportation for state and non-state employees commuting to Madison from outside communities through VanPool.Transportation, WorkerLearn More
Madison Metro TransitMadison Metro Transit operates bus service throughout the city of Madison and most of its immediate suburbs.Transportation, WorkerLearn More
Driver's License Recovery ProgramThe Driver's License Recovery Program is available to people working to reinstate suspended driver's licenses through partnerships with the court systems and the Department of Motor Vehicles.Transportation, WorkerLearn More
Wisconsin Shares Child Care Subsidy ProgramWisconsin Shares supports low-income working families by subsidizing a portion of the cost of quality childcare while the parents or caregivers are working or participating in another approved activity. Wisconsin Shares is implemented locally by counties and tribes.Childcare, WorkerLearn More
BeaconThe Beacon homeless day resource center is a public-private partnership working to provide community solutions to help men, women and children who are experiencing homelessness in Dane County.Housing, WorkerLearn More
Salvation ArmyThe Salvation Army is a worldwide religious and charitable organization dedicated to serving those in need without discrimination.Housing, WorkerLearn More
PorchlightPorchlight strives to reduce homelessness in Dane County by collaborating with the community to provide shelter, affordable housing and supportive services that eliminate barriers and empower the individuals and families they serve.Housing, WorkerLearn More
Aging and Disability Resource CenterADRC is the first place to go to get accurate, unbiased information on all aspects of life related to aging or living with a disability.Housing, WorkerLearn More
ACCESS WisconsinACCESS Wisconsin provides information on programs for health, nutrition, childcare and employment.Childcare, Health, WorkerLearn More
Covering WisconsinCovering Wisconsin aims to connect residents with insurance coverage and promote effective use of insurance coverage and other programs that support health.Health, WorkerLearn More
Department of Health ServicesThe DHS has a guide to various government programs that provide health insurance to eligible individuals.Health, WorkerLearn More
Wisconsin Dental AssociationThe Wisconsin Dental Association provides a list of public clinics by county.Dental, Health, WorkerLearn More
BadgerCare PlusBadgerCare Plus is a healthcare coverage program for low-income Wisconsin residents.Health, WorkerLearn More
Madison College Dental Hygiene ClinicFor a small fee, all Madison College students and community members can receive a variety of dental services at MATC's Dental Hygiene Clinic.Dental, WorkerLearn More
Madison Dental Initiative - Salvation Army Dental ClinicThe Madison Dental Initiative - Salvation Army Dental Clinic provides dental services to those who are homeless or at high risk for becoming homeless.Dental, WorkerLearn More
Rainbow ProjectThe Rainbow Project provides restorative healing and hope for young children and families who have experienced trauma, helping them build a foundation for the mastery of life-sustaining skills.Mental Health, WorkerLearn More
NAMI WisconsinNAMI Wisconsin is a state organization of NAMI that aims to improve the quality of life of people affected by mental illness and to promote recovery.Mental Health, WorkerLearn More
The Complete Guide to Nursing in WisconsinIf you're interested in becoming a nurse in Wisconsin or if you're looking for nursing  resources in the state, the Complete Guide to Nursing in Wisconsin has everything you need to know, including job outlook, nursing organizations, scholarships and more. The site is hosted by Purdue Northwest College of Nursing.Education, WorkersLearn More
Job Loss ResourcesGet helpful information regarding layoffs, including topic-specific videos for both employers and employees.Business, Health, Layoff/Closure, Mental Health, WorkerLearn More

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