Wisconsin Literacy’s efforts in workforce development center on preparing adult learners with the necessary skills to find or keep a job, pursue advancement in a current job or enter a career pathway. With this focus, we provide a series of workforce conferences that offer professional development to workforce trainers, literacy program directors, refugee and immigrant service providers, technical college staff, and employers. Our Pathways to Employment: Preparing Wisconsin’s Job Seekers conferences have connected educational and workforce providers to explore best practices for connecting adults with limited literacy to jobs and careers that are in line with their skills and answer current labor market demands.
Looking ahead, we are encouraged by new and historic legislation, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), that will unite adult education with workforce development efforts. Wisconsin Literacy looks forward to working more closely with our partners at the Wisconsin Technical College System, Department of Workforce Development and Department of Public Instruction. Together, we can direct Wisconsin job seekers to the appropriate services that meet them where they are at in their ability to engage as successful workers in their communities.