Donation brings McKenzie Regional Workforce Center closer to its $35M goal

Ascendium recently donated $1.5 million to the McKenzie Regional Workforce Center project, which aims to fill the need for skilled trade laborers while empowering all young people, especially those in need, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring adults. Conceived by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County and the Madison Area Builders Association, the center is slated to open this summer.

The facility will host Careerforce Build Up, the skilled trades training program designed to educate and support interested youth to pursue careers as plumbers, carpenters, HVAC technicians, electricians, and more. Hundreds of young people are expected to receive training through the program.

With Ascendium’s donation, the McKenzie Regional Workforce Center is $4.9 million away from its $35 million goal.

When donors give now through August 2023, their support will help sustain and allow maintenance of the facility for years to come. The donations will go toward the creation of pathways for young adults to gain certifications or on-the-job training, such as apprenticeships that result in quality jobs, at a time when there is a shortage of trained and skilled trade workers. Curriculum will also include entrepreneurial classes to show students how they can potentially build a business in the construction trades.