Become a professional in the manufacturing industry!
Invitation to Manufacturing is a FREE specialized 8-week program that trains you with the skills you need for a high-paying and high-demand career in manufacturing.
Explore Careers in Manufacturing
Explore your curiosity and learn about machining, plastics processing or welding. No prior training or skills are needed to enroll in the program.
Invitation to manufacturing is for people who:
- Are working part-time, underemployed, or unemployed.
- Have potential learning challenges due to past experiences.
- Have language barriers or disabilities.
- Identify yourself as the under-represented minority and economically disadvantaged.
- Are currently considering a career change.
- The program provides English-supported instruction - Not Bilingual.
- Participants must be at least 16 years of age to participate in the program.
Hands-on Training for High-Demand, High-Paying Careers!
Step 1 – Attend the Course Overview Session
Learn about financial incentives and scholarships after completion and finalize your registration. (2 hours)
Step 2 – Complete the 3-Part Core Manufacturing-Related Training
Introduction to Manufacturing Essentials Course (6 hours)
This course will teach you:
- Manufacturing Safety
- Related Math Applications
- Print Reading
- Workplace Communications
Manufacturing Skills Training Course (32 hours)
Choose from one of the course tracks for specialized hands-on training:
- Metal Machining / Quality
- Metal Fabrication / Welding
- Plastics Processing
Career Path Preparation Course (6 hours)
Prepare your resume and gain interviewing experience in a mock interview with one of our industry partners.
Step 3 – Industry Tour/Career Exploration
Attend a scheduled company tour at a local manufacturer. (2 hours)
Ready to sign up or ask a question?
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Earn a Digital Badge
Once you complete the program, you will be awarded a digital badge credential and you can begin your search for employment with a local community manufacturing partner.
Some course instruction may also qualify for future Credit for Prior Learning at Madison College.
If hired, the community manufacturing partner will work with you to support your continued education and career growth.
Madison College Foundation
Request to receive a $250 stipend upon successful completion of the training program (provided through the generosity of Phil and Kit Blake).
Workforce Development Board of South-Central Wisconsin (WDBSCW) – Workforce Advancement Initiative (WAI)
Participants may be required to provide proof of employment eligibility* for the United States for incentive awards.
$100 Training Related Employment Bonus
Received when you are hired by a relevant employer.
$150 30-day Employment Retention Bonus
Received after documentation of 30 days of successful employment.
*Participants must be eligible to work in the U.S. in order to qualify for WAI incentive payments awarded for employment purposes (per ARPA CLFRF funding rules)
Our Community Partners
Invitation to Manufacturing was made possible through our collaboration with the Workforce Development Board of South-Central Wisconsin (WDBSCW), including several regional community organizations and manufacturing corporations.
This program was funded by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation as a Wisconsin Innovation Grant (WIG) to support our local manufacturing industry by giving the community equal opportunity to long-term career potential and a family-sustaining wage.
- Aztalan Machining & Assembly
- Bell Laboratories
- Clack Corporation
- Engineering Industries
- Evco Plastics
- Fisher Barton
- Kruger Family Industries
- McFarlane Ag Equipment
- Milwaukee Valve
- MPI Fineblanking
- Plastic Ingenuity
- Sheridan Publishing
- Stoughton Trailers
- Sub Zero
- Teel Plastics
Community-Based Organization Partners
- Badger Prairie Needs Network
- Centro Hispano of Dane County
- Employment and Training Association
- Forward Service Corporation
- Job Center of Wisconsin
- Latino Academy of Workforce Development, Inc.
- Urban League of Greater Madison