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.

Invitation to Manufacturing FREE Training Program | Madison College
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Learn about the benefits of the Invitation to Manufacturing program from students, instructors and industry partners.
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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!

Invitation to Manufacturing Program Overview

The program consists of 3 steps: 1) course overview session, 2) core manufacturing-related training and 3) offsite industry tour and career exploration.

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)

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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.

Financial Incentives and Scholarships

Madison College Foundation

$250 Stipend

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.

Manufacturing Partners

  • AprilAire
  • Aztalan Machining & Assembly
  • Bell Laboratories
  • Clack Corporation
  • Engineering Industries
  • Evco Plastics
  • Fisher Barton
  • Kruger Family Industries
  • Latitude
  • McFarlane Ag Equipment
  • Metalcraft
  • Milwaukee Valve
  • MPI Fineblanking
  • Plastic Ingenuity
  • RenewAire
  • 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
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