School of Workforce and Economic Development

The School of Workforce and Economic Development offers customized programming and support services. This short-term training will help you build skills that lead to gainful employment.

The training also provides pathways to a degree program when you are ready.

Additional highlights of the program include: 

  • Economic growth and development
  • Training employees for jobs in the Madison College District
  • Partnerships with the Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin, plus numerous business and community partners
  • Securing of grants and other funding sources to offer a wide range of training opportunities
  • Courses taught by Madison College instructors throughout the district
  • Training for low-income adults, youths and dislocated workers
  • Opportunities to enhance skills or start fresh on a new career pathway
Career Pathways

Career Pathways and stackable credentials expand options to reach education and career goals by:

  • Offering flexible and short-term training options.
  • Preparing students for job advancement and continued education.
  • Providing a path to the next-higher academic diploma or degree.
  • Connecting high school, adult basic education and college-transfer programming.

Additionally, Career Pathways:

  • Enhance student success.
  • Increase the number and skill level of workers.
  • Achieve outcome measures for Madison College.
  • Raise the economic status of the community.

Visit our Career Exploration page to choose your path or explore career pathway maps on our Facebook page.

For more information about career pathways or stacked credentials, contact Career Pathways liaison Annette Kornell at (608) 246-6433.



Workforce Development Academies are created in partnership with the Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin, plus community-based organizations and employers.

Employers are involved in the planning and implementation of training, and they provide business tours and interviews to students. 

Students that complete the Workforce Development Academies can offer companies the technical and professional skills to build their workforce for maximum effectiveness.

Students in Workforce Development Academies: 

  • Gain high-demand, quality skills that meet local needs
  • Take six to 12 college credits per semester
  • Train for nine to 15 weeks
  • Must meet enrollment and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act requirements 
Grants Received

The following grants have been received by the School of Workforce and Economic Development:

Advance Wisconsin: Information Technology


Realtime Writer/Court Reporting Grant