Education & Training

Train Smart.

One of the best ways to improve your career is to develop skills and further your education. Whether you are looking to learn new skills that will help you land a new job, or you want to build more proficiency in your job so that you can perform better and earn more money, talk with us! We offer many training options to help you advance your career.

Short-Term Training

WorkSmart Network Academies

Academies are short-term training programs (typically three months or less) designed for you to rapidly move into the workforce or advance into other career opportunities. These industry-demanded training programs are run by Madison College and are tuition free for eligible participants.

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Long-Term Training

Technical Training Programs & Certificates

We partner with area postsecondary institutions to help train customers for high-growth, high-wage career pathways. If you think you need extensive or long-term (more than 3 months) training for your career, talk to a WorkSmart Network representative about options that may be available to you.

Education Resources

Financial Aid Resources

Considering additional education or training opportunities? There are several sources of financial aid available to help including in grants, work-study, and federal loans for students attending post-secondary education institutions. Eligibility requirements will vary based on the type of financial aid. Below are some resources available to guide you through the process.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) | Financial assistance for approved training programs is available to eligible participants under the U.S. Department of Labor’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Talk to a WorkSmart Network representative to see if you’re eligible for financial assistance for training under WIOA.

Federal Student Aid | Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, ensures that all eligible individuals can benefit from federally funded financial assistance for education beyond high school. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to apply for federal student aid such as grants, work-study, and loans. You may also use the FAFSA to apply for most state and some private aid. You can now complete the FAFSA online at

PELL Grants | Learn about PELL grants, a federal grant for undergraduate students with financial need. Federal Pell Grants are awarded only to qualifying undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s degree or a professional degree.

Aid for Military Families | Learn about the federal government and nonprofit organizations that offer money for college to veterans, future military personnel, active duty personnel, or those related to veterans or active duty personnel.

Scholarship Search | Search more than 7,000 scholarships, fellowships, loans, and other financial aid opportunities using the U.S. Department of Labor-sponsored web tool, Career One Stop.

Student Loans | Student loans may be available as part of your school’s financial aid offer. Explore the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid site to learn more your student loan options and responsibilities.


Education & Training Provider Resources

Wisconsin Technical College System | The Wisconsin Technical College System oversees the state’s 16 public technical colleges.

Individual Training Account List | Wisconsin’s statewide list of eligible of training programs and providers under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).