Major new construction projects are popping up across the region, with hot spots in every community. Think big projects, like hospitals and schools, bridges and highways, pipelines, high rise commercial buildings and residential developments. Plus, with many in the industry planning to retire,  employers will be looking for new, skilled tradespeople to be able to complete these big projects. The Foundations for the Trades Academy is your jump start into the construction industry. In just seven weeks, you’ll start to build your career path in the industry with this apprenticeship preparation program and:

Training Benefits

  • Develop your foundational construction skills in the classroom and apply them in field

  • Earn industry-recognized credentials including First Aid/CPR, OSHA 10, and National Flagging certifications

  • Learn how to market your skills on a resume, perform job searches and interview with employers

  • Connect with and meet local construction employers that are hiring for apprentices and workers in the area

Information Sessions

The next Academy begins on June 1, 2015. All interested candidates must attend an information session prior to program admission. Contact Marvel Olstad-Browne at or 920.206.7114 to sign up for an information session. Sessions are scheduled for:


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East Madison Community Center


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Urban League of Greater Madison


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Lussier Community Education Center


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Dane County Job Center


Program Admission

This training program is available to individuals that are unemployed, underemployed or have been laid off. All participants must be legally eligible to work in the U.S. Access to reliable transportation is strongly recommended. Participants must meet attendance requirements for successful completion of the Academy. Qualified participants can apply for childcare options available through the City of Madison. For more information, please contact us.

Contact & More Info

Contact our WorkSmart representative, Marvel Olstad-Browne, at 920.206.7114 or e-mail to sign up for an information session or to learn more.

Program Partners

Program partners include Construction Training, Inc.’s START Program, Operation Fresh Start, Urban League of Greater Madison and the WorkSmart Network.


This program is supported by the Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin with funding from theWorkforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and the Wisconsin Fast Forward program. Equal opportunity program/employer. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.