Young Adults


Today’s young adults are the future of our workforce, our economy and our communities. Our goal is to position these young adults on a good pathway to a rewarding career, as we recognize that confident, aware and skilled youth contribute immeasurably to a stronger community. We continue to partner with community agencies to help put young adults on the track to success. We’ve teamed up with a number of other organizations to support workforce services intended to help young people from ages 14-21 gain academic and carer goals and eventually join the workforce. Both in- and out-of-school youth receive tutoring, job readiness and retention training as well as paid and unpaid work experiences with local businesses.

Young Adult Services through WIOA

We’ve teamed up with a number of state and community organizations to provide a series of services intended to help young adults from ages 18-21 pursue their academic and career pathway goals and enter the workforce. The WorkSmart Network’s Young Adult (out-of-school) services offer eligible young adults assistance in career advising, tutoring, job readiness and retention training, as well as work experience placements to help prepare them for success in their career pathway. The program is available with funding from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). For more information, visit the WorkSmart Network page.

Middle College

Middle College was an early college workforce development initiative designed to prepare low-income junior and senior high school students for careers in culinary, healthcare and manufacturing. Students engaged in technical college training during the school year and applied their skills and concepts in a real world setting during a summer work experience with a partner employer. The program was a collaborative effort with Madison College, Moraine Park Technical College and participating high school districts.