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Workforce Development Board of South Central WI

Meet Kurt

Workforce Challenge

In November 2008, Kurt was laid off from his position in industrial maintenance at a sensor technology company after 13 years on the job. Even after months of searching, Kurt struggled to find another full-time, permanent position that matched his skill set and education. He decided to stop by his local One-Stop Career Center in Jefferson, Wisconsin for help.

Workforce Solution

At the Career Center, Kurt enrolled in the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) program as a dislocated worker. As part of the program, Kurt was able to tap into additional employment and training resources. He polished his résumé and practiced his interviewing skills through workshops offered at the Job Center and his local technical college.

In spring 2009, Kurt began pursuing a Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) certification and also began a unique training opportunity available for dislocated workers called “Career Academies.” These short-term, college-level courses helped Kurt ease back into being a student after 18 years. Through the Academies, Kurt earned 11 college credits during one summer.

Outcomes & Benefits

With college credits under his belt, Kurt decided to apply for the two-year Industrial Maintenance program at Madison Area Technical College. After graduating with a 3.89 grade point average, he was offered a full-time position at Clasen Quality Coatings in Industrial Maintenance, a position that came with a considerable salary increase.

“Honestly, it feels great to be back working after being out of work for more than two years,” Kurt said. “This challenge has truly been a blessing in disguise."

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