I’m a Young Adult

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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 adults, ages 14-21, meet academic and occupational goals and eventually join the workforce.

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 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 years old? 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.


We know you're ready to step into your future but do you have all the tools to be successful? STEPS can help you prepare for the future, whether you want to continue your education, start a career or aren't sure of what's next. Our workforce experts can connect you to resources and tools to help you with communications, financial literacy, work readiness and more.

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 pathway systems for high school students. This initiative is an opportunity for our workforce system to help more young adults complete high school, earn post-secondary credentials, and launch into a career pathway with opportunities to further their education.

Middle College

Middle College was an early college workforce development initiative designed to prepare low-income junior and senior high school students for careers in culinary, healthcare and manufacturing industries. Students engaged in technical college training during the school year and applied their new skills during a summer work experience with a partner employer. The program was a collaborative effort with Madison College, Moraine Park Technical College and participating high school districts.