I’m a Young Adult

Compass students tour a construction site

Under the direction of the Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin, we collaborate with other regional organizations to offer a series of services intended to help young people from ages 14-24 gain academic and occupational goals and eventually join the workforce.


Middle College

Middle College is a bridge-to-college program designed for high school seniors. The program helps students pursue technical training and develop industry-relevant work experience for high-growth, high-wage career pathways in South Central Wisconsin. Program tracks are available in culinary arts*, healthcare and manufacturing at participating locations.

With no cost to the student or school, students can jump start their college education and earn college credits from an accredited technical college before graduating high school. Plus, students can gain work experience and make themselves more marketable to employers as part of a paid internship with an industry partner. Middle College is the local in-school youth initiative for the South Central Wisconsin workforce development area under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).


Youth Apprenticeship

The Youth Apprenticeship (YA) program is a unique school-to-work program that integrates school-based and work-based learning to instruct students in employability and occupational skills defined by Wisconsin industries.

The members of the South Central Wisconsin YA Consortium are responsible for the coordination and delivery of YA services to students in our region. These members provide training based on statewide YA curriculum guidelines endorsed by business and industry.

Under the YA design, students are enrolled in academic classes to meet high school graduation requirements, in a YA-related instruction class and are employed by a participating employer under the supervision of a skilled mentor.

Interested? Contact your school’s guidance counselor to learn of the opportunities with your school.


Out-of-School Youth Programs

Are you between 16 and 24? Are you not sure of your career path or need a boost getting there? We have programs to help provide extensive career exploration and guidance, work readiness and employment services, and opportunities for skills training if you’re ready to meet your potential.


Inspire Madison Region

Inspire Madison Region is a collaborative effort to help individuals achieve their academic, career and life goals, and to help build a stronger workforce throughout Dane, Iowa, Green, Dodge, Jefferson and Sauk counties. Under the initiative, career development tools and workforce data form a system where educators, students, parents and job seekers can connect around work-based learning and career coaching.


Pathways to Prosperity

The Pathways to Prosperity Project is an initiative of the Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin – the administrative entity of the WorkSmart Network – in conjunction with guidance from Job with the Future and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Locally, we’re working with businesses and educators to build career pathways systems for high school students. This initiative is an opportunity for our workforce system to help more young people complete high school, earn post-secondary credentials, and launch into a career pathway with opportunities to further their education.