Whether you need help starting or planning a career, working toward a degree or certification, finding employees, or overcoming barriers, the WorkSmart Network is here for you. We're a team supported by the Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin (WDBSCW) that specializes in delivering workforce services and solutions to help workers, businesses and young adults across South Central Wisconsin succeed.
Together with partners, we provide specialized programs and services to underserved populations, including dislocated workers, recipients of public assistance programs, veterans, people with disabilities, reentering ex-offenders and at-risk youth.
If you're unemployed, underemployed, laid off or searching for a new career, turn to us!
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
One of our funding sources is the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) that helps us create workforce development initiatives and programs. Thanks to this federal legislation, we help people access employment, training and supportive services to succeed in the workforce. Under the Act, we also bring together business leaders and stakeholders to address industry workforce needs.
WIOA is designed to strengthen and improve our nation's public workforce system and help get people - including young adults and those with significant barriers to employment - into high-quality careers and help employers hire and retain skilled workers.
What People Say
I wanted to let you know that the Laid Off From Retail program [was] a success for me. I accepted a job today as a Patient Scheduling Specialist with UW Health [...] I can't tell you how fortunate I feel. I needed some kind of push to start my job search. [If it hadn't been for you] I might still be sitting around thinking 'I should really do something about getting a job.'
The amazing thing of all this achievement has been how quickly it has gone, given how daunting the challenges seemed at the outset. Yet it has already proven well worth the hardships. Thus I don't regret any of the difficulties in the least.
I worked in retail for almost 40 years and once I found out I wasn't going to have a job, I thought this is my sign. I needed to get out of retail. [WorkSmart] was absolutely fantastic. [They] were an ear, [they] were a sounding board, [they] were guidance at a time when I didn't know which way to turn.
The WorkSmart Network can provide many different services to help you enter the workforce, including:
- Career exploration
- Career assessments
- Career counseling and planning
- Job search and placement assistance
- Resume and cover letter development
- Interview preparation
- Employer connections
- Training, education and certification options
- Apprenticeship, on-the-job training and internship connections
- Work readiness support
- Supportive services
- And more
The WorkSmart Network has service locations across South Central Wisconsin. You can access services at American Job Centers and through partner locations:
We work with service providers to help job seekers, workers and businesses access services and resources. You can learn more at our American Job Centers or through partner sites by appointment.
What to Expect
We'll meet one-on-one with you to determine your eligibility for WIOA programs. This means we may ask you for documents to verify your employment status, income, identify and eligibility to work in the U.S. We'll also work with you on assessments to determine what skills you have and what career pathway is right for you.
From there we'll help you build a career plan. We'll work with you to create a resume and cover letter, prepare for interviews and connect with local employers. We ask you regularly checkin with your career planner, even after you find a job, to share career updates or challenges you're facing.
Job Center of Wisconsin
We recommend registering on Job Center of Wisconsin to access a host of career services and resources. Once registered, you can search for jobs, create a resume, build a budget, connect with local employers that are hiring, find Unemployment Insurance resources, search labor market information and more.
Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin
The Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin (WDBSCW) is the administrator of the WorkSmart Network. As a workforce development board, we manage funding to support adult, youth and dislocated worker programs in South Central Wisconsin. We partner with local businesses and organizations to ensure the programming prepares job seekers with the essential skills and experiences they need.
Contact a WorkSmart Network staff nearest you to learn more about the services and programs that may be available to you.