HIRE Education Employment Initatives

Success Stories

By the Numbers

As of October 2019, the HIRE Initiative had


people entered the HIRE Initiative program.


people participated in the HIRE Initiative in 2018 and continued in 2019.


people completed their employment training.


people got a new job.


people recieved a promotion.


people who gained employment at $15 per hour or more.


achieved a knowledge goals toward earning a diploma.


received a GED/HSED.


“When we come together as a community we can be very powerful!”


Watch this video to learn more about the

commitment from our partner agencies…


“A high school diploma is not an option for long-term career stability. It’s a requirement.”

Gretchen Lowe, Community Labor Leader and Chair of United Way’s Safe Communities, Strong Neighborhoods Community Solutions Team

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YWCA, TASC Collaboration Leads to Jobs

Adrienne Smolinski, Resource Manager at TASC, sent a letter of praise to the YWCA commending them for collaborating with TASC to develop and deliver their Driving Customer Service training program.

“The YWCA and TASC joined forces on each point of the process of putting this program into place from planning, marketing, selection, curriculum development, instruction, assessment, mentoring, interviewing, transportation, program and student evaluation, and graduation.” says Smolinski.

The training program is part of the HIRE Initiative and resulted in 12 individuals successfully securing employment with TASC, which hopes to utilize YWCA’s Driving Customer Service curriculum again in the fall of 2016.


Meet Troy, a Zimbrick Employee

Making the Most of a Second Chance


Please share a participant success story from this quarter:

Client relocated to Madison to support her family and found it very challenging to find a employment related to her degree in criminal justice. In addition to facing challenges with securing employment, client also faced challenges with navigating the expectations of continuing receiving her transitional housing and maintaining public benefits. Client had a lot of administrative skills from pervious roles in banking, but was in need of strengthening her math and other key skills needed to secure a position as a pharm tech.

Client enrolled into our Pharmacy Technician Training where she was able to receive instruction of foundational skills needed to step into a pharmacy technician role. After completing training she was able to secure a job with as a Community Pharmacy Technician earning $14.93/hr with access to healthcare, vison, dental and retirement benefits once she has completed her probationary employment period. She has also been able to transition off of public assistance and is working to securing permanent housing. From Urban League of Greater Madison


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