Career & Employment Additional Services

We offer several additional employment services through partnerships within our community.

  • Learn About WorkSmart Network, 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.
  • Consider Nontraditional Occupations for nontraditional students.
  • The Workforce tab includes information on government internship programs. We are working to update this section with more opportunities for students.

See a full listing of all our services (PDF, 187KB).


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 the interest form. Training Navigators are looking for motivated students who are committed to training and finding work as quickly as possible.

Locations Served

Truax Campus
 (608) 243-4598

Fort Atkinson Campus
(920) 568-7200

Watertown Campus
(920) 206-8000

Portage Campus
(608) 745-3100

Reedsburg Campus
(608) 524-7800

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.

Eligibility Requirements

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:

  1. Adult (18+ years of age) qualifying as income-eligible or receiving public assistance (e.g. Foodshare, Wisconsin Works, BadgerCare)
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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.


Nontraditional Occupations

A nontraditional career is defined as one in which fewer than 25 percent of the workforce is of one gender. For women, many nontraditional careers fall into a few broad categories of jobs: skilled trades, scientific/technical and supervisory. And while fewer nontraditional careers are available for men than women, these careers tend to involve education, health and service-related jobs.

According to the National Skills Coalition, middle-skill jobs -- defined as requiring education beyond high school but not a four-year degree -- make up the largest part of the labor market in the United States. This means that there aren’t enough skilled workers to fill high-demand, high-paying jobs. The growing economy needs everyone, especially women, to consider careers in the skilled trades industry.


  • Job satisfaction and retention
  • Economic self-sufficiency
  • Increased education/training/skill
  • High demand for skilled workers
  • Career advancement

Potential Challenges

  • Isolation
  • Work/life balance
  • Not having mentors within the profession
  • Fear of harassment/discrimination
  • Lack of family/friends support

Contact Student Support Services        

The Career and Employment Center (CEC) provides a variety of career planning and employment support for current Madison College students and alumni. 

To learn more about Nontraditional Occupation support, please contact:

Masaya Xiong
Non-Traditional Occupations Advisor

Nontraditional Occupations Employment

United State Department of Labor-Women's Bureau: Quick facts about nontraditional occupations for women

Bureau of Labor Statistics-Women Workers: The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides extensive labor market data on women (and other worker groups) through its news releases, publications and website. Users have access to data on women's employment, unemployment and earnings by industry, occupation, education, age, marital status and other characteristics. Data is also available on workplace injuries and illnesses experienced by women. Data also os available for men.

National Alliance for Partnerships In Equity: NAPE is a consortium of state and local agencies, corporations and national organizations that strives to achieve its mission of building educators’ capacity to implement effective solutions for increasing student access, educational equity and workforce diversity.

Occupational Outlook Handbook: Provides career resources and a database to find occupations filtered by skills, education, growth rate, projected job outlook and wages.

Wisconsin WORKnet-Women: Provides information on skills, education credentials, job outlook and wages of specific nontraditional occupations for women.  

Wisconsin WORKnet-Men: Provides information on skills, education credentials, job outlook and wages of specific nontraditional occupations for men.  

Guide to Professional Success (GPS)


The Guide to Professional Success Program (GPS) offers ongoing, one-on-one career and employment services to students who need additional support. These services are provided in Career and Employment Services (CES) room D1624 at the Truax Campus.

Students who participate in GPS receive individualized support to:

  • Identify employment options
  • Revise their resume and cover letter
  • Practice their interview skills
  • Look for work study or student help jobs on or off campus
  • Seek internship opportunities
  • Explore careers through workplace tours, job shadowing and informational interviews
  • Learn about job search strategies and how to use and register for Wisconsin TechConnect

Eligibility Criteria

Guide to Professional Success is funded by a Federal Perkins grant to serve students experience challenges to finding employment. To be eligible for services, students must be actively enrolled in a minimum of six credits in a technical program during the academic year and be in any of the following categories:

  • Past and/or current academic challenges
  • Receiving services through Disability Resource Services, TRIO/Student Support Services, WorkSmart, Veteran Resources, Men of Excellence, DVR, Scholars of Promise
  • Experiencing other special situations that make completing your program or obtaining work opportunities without intervention, support services, or accommodations challenging.

Government Summer Internship Programs

The City of Madison and the State of Wisconsin have several paid summer internships for students. These programs provide racial/ethnic minorities, female students and students with disabilities an opportunity to gain valuable work experience and training in various occupational areas and branches of local and state government. Internship consideration for City of Madison positions also will be given for individuals who have experienced a period of long-term unemployment or underemployment.

For more details, contact Career and Employment Services.