January 16, 2015

Workforce Development Board Offers Construction Training Academy

Antonio-measures-closeup_1000x750MADISON—The Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin is offering its Foundations for the Trades Academy, a comprehensive training program for those interested in careers in the construction trades industry, beginning in February 2015. The program uses an industry-recognized approach to learning craft skills, combining classroom instruction and hands-on training on a job site. Contextual learning specific to construction trades, safety, construction math and measurements, and hand and power tools are part of the curriculum. Participants also develop work readiness skills needed for employment or apprenticeships in the industry.

The 7-week training course is available at no cost for eligible participants. Information sessions (pre-registration required) are available for those interested in participating in the program at the following times and locations:

Tuesday, January 27
East Madison Community Center
8 Straubel Ct., Madison, WI

Wednesday, January 28
Urban League of Greater Madison
2222 S. Park St., Madison, WI

Wednesday, January 28
Lussier Community Education Center
55 S. Gammon Rd., Madison, WI

Thursday, January 29
Dane County Job Center
1819 Aberg Ave., Madison, WI

For more information on the Foundations for the Trades Academy, or to register for the information session, please call Marvel Browne at 920.206.7114 or email Class size is limited, so register early.

Partners for the program include Construction Training, Inc.’s START program, Operation Fresh Start, Urban League of Greater Madison, the WorkSmart Network. Funding sources for the program include the City of Madison, the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and the Wisconsin Fast Forward initiative.

About the Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin

The Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin, founded in 1983, is a private, non profit organization that collaborates with businesses, workers and communities in the counties of Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Jefferson, Marquette and Sauk counties to promote a healthy economy. The Board’s vision is to build public and private partnerships that support innovation and excellence in workforce development. For more information about Workforce Development Board, please visit

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