Education & Training

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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 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.

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Short-Term Training

WorkSmart Network Academies

Academies are short-term training programs (typically 3 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 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 grant, work-study and federal loans for students attending postsecondary education institutions. Eligibility requirements will vary based on the type of financial aid. Here are some resources to guide you through the process:

Wisconsin’s Eligible Training Programs List | Wisconsin’s Eligible Training Programs List (ETPL) is your source for learning about a broad range of training options that can help you to a new or more rewarding career. With a few exceptions, WIOA participants interested in training funds must select a training program from this list. TAA participants may also use this list when selecting training. WIOA and TAA participants must get approval from their career planner to receive training funds.

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 (WIOA). 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.

PELL Grants | PELL Grants are federal grants 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 | These 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, CareerOneStop.

Student Loans | Student loans my 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 about 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 | This is Wisconsin’s statewide list of eligible training programs and providers under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).