Madison College announces Invitation to Manufacturing training program 

Madison College has announced its “Invitation to Manufacturing” training program, a free, eight-week training program designed to help people gain the skills needed to begin a career in manufacturing.

Funded by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., the program was developed in collaboration with the Workforce Development Board of South-Central Wisconsin, community-based organizations, and multiple manufacturing companies in the region. The goal is to provide an opportunity to explore career pathways in manufacturing through hands-on related skills, while connecting members of the community with local manufacturers that offer family-sustaining wages and long-term potential career growth. 

After some initial pilots earlier this year, the first cohort of about 24 students will start in September with another cohort of students to start in November. Those interested in the opportunity can click here.

Organizations like the Badger Prairie Needs Network, Centro Hispano of Dane County, Urban League of Greater Madison, Latino Academy of Workforce Development Inc., Dane County Job Center, and Forward Service Corp. are helping to generate student interest. The program is open to community members outside of those organizations as well.

The core 44-hour manufacturing training program will be taught by Madison College faculty. The three-part program includes: Introduction to Manufacturing Essentials, Manufacturing Skills Training, and Career Path Preparation. The hands-on manufacturing skills training course provides skills in three possible tracks: etal fabrication/welding, metal machining/quality, and plastics processing. Participants will also have an opportunity to participate in an industry tour of a local company for further career exploration. 

More information as well as a video about the program can be found online.