HIRE Education Employment Initatives

HIRE’s Partner Agencies

Centro Hispano

Latinos under the age of 30 are one of the fastest-growing segments of the Dane County population, within the next decades. Unfortunately, young Latinos face countless barriers to achieve academic and career success and the dropout rate is alarmingly high. According to a National Council of La Raza report, 28% of Latino students ages 16-24 permanently drop out of public high school, more than 34% are unemployed, and by 2018, only 28% of jobs will be available to people with just a high school diploma”.

In partnership with Madison College, the CAMINOS Program will support 45 participants (three cohorts of 15 students) through a certified nursing assistant curriculum, while gaining the soft skills that will prepare them overall for employment in the emerging health care sector.

 

Contact

Karen Menendez Coller  ♦  (608) 255-3018  ♦  karen@micentro.org

Location

810 W. Badger Road  ♦  Madison, WI 53713  ♦  (608) 255-3018

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The Latino Academy of Workforce Development (LAWD), a program of Vera Court, is a bilingual adult education and employment program, with the primary goal of creating a safe, culturally competent space that empowers Latino adults to succeed and integrate into the economic and educational systems of Dane County. LAWD’s programming addresses the following needs: low high school graduation rates for Latino students in Dane County; high under and unemployment among Latino adults, and a lack of Spanish language, culturally competent programming. LAWD’s unique ‘education through community’ approach works closely with students, responds to educational needs quickly, and creates pathways to improved education and employment for the Latino community. This approach has demonstrated tremendous impact within the program’s first four years, growing from a small offering of language and job skills classes initially, to a community of over one over 500 learners participating in GED/pre-GED, ESL, and computer classes, job skills training, and employment services.

 

Contact

 general@latinoacademywi.org

Location

1917 Lake Point Drive  ♦  Madison, WI 53713  ♦  (608) 310-4573

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 Literacy

 

Literacy Network teaches reading, writing, computer and speaking skills to Dane County adults so they can achieve financial security, good health, and greater involvement in community and family life.

Literacy Network is a non-profit organization in Madison, WI founded in 1974. We work with teachers, tutors, volunteers and donors to improve adult literacy in Dane County. Our programs help adults find career opportunities, read with children and help with homework, improve computer skills, understand finances, and speak with doctors about health concerns.

Literacy Network classes and tutoring programs occur in 28 locations throughout Dane County with the support of more than 500 volunteer tutors annually. We serve more than 1,000 adult learners each year.

Our strong partnerships with businesses, libraries, hospitals, clinics, schools, and social service agencies build essential community connections for our program participants.

Using highly trained volunteers, interns and staff members, we provide mentoring and tutoring support as adults make their way on their career pathways. The program’s key components include: English language classes and personalized tutoring, in addition to individual tutoring for Skills in Computers and Literacy for Employment (SCALE) to provide adult basic education learners with individual mentoring and support.

 

Contact

Jeff Burkhart  ♦  (608) 244-3911  ♦  jeff@litnetwork.org

Location

701 Dane Street  ♦  Madison, WI 53715  ♦  (608) 244-3911

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Urban Ministry

Just Bakery is a 16 week commercial baking vocational training program. The program offers Life Skills education, ServSafe Certification preparation, baking math, food science, customer service and teaches commercial baking skills in a commercial grade kitchen with students actually making a line of bakery products for sale in the community, employment placement assistance, and job coaching/mentoring are also provided. The program works with individuals who have an interest in baking or culinary arts as a career pathway and who experience significant barriers to employment: formerly incarcerated, homeless, lack of education, lack of work history or skills. Not all vocational or career training programs will accept individuals who are homeless which makes our model somewhat unique.

The overarching goals of Just Bakery are: program participants obtain and retain permanent employment at a wage higher than minimum wage, and formerly incarcerated participants do not return to prison. Program graduates can earn class credit from Madison College.

 

Contact

Linda Ketchum  ♦  (608) 256-0906  ♦  linda@emum.org

 Location

2300 South Park Street  ♦  Suite 2022  ♦  Madison, WI 53713  ♦  (608) 256-0906

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The Urban League’s ADVANCE Employment Services provides an array of workforce solutions for job seekers and businesses. Our Job Seeker Services provide the tools for success in today’s job market including individualized employment planning & career advising; connections and referrals to employers; nationally certified work readiness training; industry recognized training in health care administration, customer service & sales, information technology, food service and construction trades; individualized and group job search and job placement assistance; and job retention and advancement coaching. Our Business Services include referrals of pre-screened candidates; customized training aligned to industry and business needs; hiring events; and region-wide workforce diversity & inclusion initiatives.

 

 Contact

Edward Lee  ♦  (608) 729-1211  ♦  elee@ulgm.org

 Location

2222 South Park Street #200  ♦  Madison, WI 53713  ♦  (608) 729-1200

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YWCA Madison offers three employment training programs to assist unemployed and underemployed community members in reaching family-sustaining wage careers:

  • Construct-U prepares individuals for jobs in construction and the trades.

  • YWeb Career Academy prepares people for web and app development jobs in the tech industry.

  • Driving Customer Service prepares people for customer service jobs with specific employers.

Each training program includes job readiness, academic preparation, classroom learning and hands-on training with industry partners.

 

 Contact

Vanessa McDowell   ♦  vmcdowell@ywcamadison.org

 Location

3101 Latham Drive  ♦  Madison, WI 53713  ♦  (608) 257-1436

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