Unemployed? Laid off? Unsure of your career path?
The WorkSmart Network at Madison College can help!
The WorkSmart Network is a team supported by the Workforce Development Board that specializes in delivering innovative workforce services and solutions to prepare workers for the needs of business and industry.
The types of services offered to those meeting eligibility requirements and interested in long-term training of three months or more include:
- Career exploration and planning
- Guidance on college resources and services
- Job search strategies
- Resume and cover letter support
- Extended follow-up during employment
- Possible financial assistance with training and supportive services
To determine whether this program is a good fit for you, complete this interest form. Training Navigators are looking for motivated students who are committed to training and finding work as quickly as possible.
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The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) provides funds for the WorkSmart Network.
Equal opportunity program/employer. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.
To receive services, individuals must be eligible to work in the U.S. and, if male, registered for Selective Service.
Fall into one of the following categories:
- Adult (18+ years of age) qualifying as income-eligible or receiving public assistance (e.g. Foodshare, Wisconsin Works, BadgerCare)
- Dislocated worker who has been laid off or received notification of termination or layoff from employment as a result of a permanent closure or substantial layoff; was self-employed but is unemployed as a result of general economic conditions in the community or because of a natural disaster; or has been a displaced homemaker who is no longer supported by another family member; spouse of an eligible armed forces member; or separated service member with a discharge other than dishonorable who has received a notice of separation from the Department of Defense and is unlikely to return to a previous industry or occupation and was/is eligible for unemployment compensation.
- Eligible out-of-school individual between the ages of 16 and 24, not attending any school, low-income and faced one or more of the following challenges to successful workforce entry:
- Did not complete high school diploma
- Possesses academic basic skills needs and/or English language learner
- Homeless, runaway or foster child
- Pregnant and/or a parent, and/or single parent
- Subject to the juvenile or adult justice system
- Individual with a disabilityEligible in-school youth must be attending any school (as defined by state law), not younger than age 14 or older than age 21, low-income individual, and faces the previously listed challenges to successful workforce entry (see above).
Learn more from FAQs:
How do I get started?
To access WorkSmart Network at Madison College services, fill out the WorkSmart Information Request form thoroughly. A WorkSmart support staff will contact you to gather more information.
What is WIOA?
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) provides funds for the WorkSmart Network to address the employment and training needs of dislocated workers, income-eligible adults and youth.
What do I need for my first appointment?
We recommend bringing your driver's license, social security card, and/or documentation verifying your authorization to work in the U.S. If you are a dislocated worker, please bring your termination or layoff notice and documentation of Unemployment Insurance (UI) eligibility (i.e. benefits summary). If you are qualified as an adult, please bring documentation (such as pay stubs or tax records) of your last six months of income to determine income eligibility.
What if I no longer wish to follow-up with a Training Navigator once I am employed?
By participating within the WorkSmart Network, you agree to maintain monthly contact with your Training Navigator through employment followup as well as followup for up to a year, as indicated within the WorkSmart Network Program's rights and responsibilities.
Are programs and services through the WorkSmart Network considered entitlement programs?
No, programs and services through the WorkSmart Network are not entitlement programs. This is a federally funded program in place to assist individuals with training and employment needs in a timely manner. Your Training Navigator will work with you to ensure you are a good fit for services and opportunities through the WorkSmart Network.
What if I am not interested in long-term training?
If you are not interested in long-terming training of three months or more, the Training Navigators will make referrals to Employment Specialists in the community who can assist with your employment needs.
Is funding available for training costs or supportive services?
Funding may be available for tuition and/or textbooks for qualified participants, but it is not guaranteed. Resources may also be available for supportive services such as transportation costs (such as bus passes), child care and pre-approved work-related equipment and/or clothing. Your potential support options will be discussed with your Training Navigator.