Latino Academy to expand workforce training program

The Latino Academy of Workforce Development, in partnership with the Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association and the Wisconsin Beverage Association, plans to extend the reach of a successful “wraparound” training model through the Latino Academy Regional Transportation Training Center.

During the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Academy responded by expanding transportation industry training opportunities for workers who found themselves suddenly unemployed, and successfully doubled enrollments and program graduates.

Now, to build on that early success, the partnership will connect unemployed and underemployed Wisconsin residents in south central (Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Jefferson, Marquette, and Sauk counties) and southeastern Wisconsin (Kenosha, Racine, and Walworth counties) with support and training to complete the commercial driver license (CDL) training, find related employment, and quickly onboard with employers.

The partnership is joined by more than 20 regional education, support, and workforce training organizations in an application under the Vera Court Neighborhood Center organization in the Wisconsin Innovation Grant Program.