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“To get people employed:” $1 million in training grants will help Milwaukee residents land the job they want

MILWAUKEE -- State officials have announced a major grant to help Milwaukee residents receive training that should help them land a good job.

Navigating the job market to land the career you want can be a bit overwhelming for anyone.

Job Center Access Point at Parklawn Assembly of God

Job Center Access Point at Parklawn Assembly of God

"The goal is certainly to reach people where they are," Ray Allen, Department of Workforce Development secretary said.

City and state leaders are hoping "Job Center Access Points" will help Milwaukee residents do just that.

"Obviously the end goal is to try and find employment for as many people that come through that access point as possible," Allen said.

Allen said the first Job Center Access Point at the Employ Milwaukee's HIRE Center attracted about 35 people. He said he hopes those numbers will grow as more and more sites are added and awareness increases.

Job Center Access Point at Parklawn Assembly of God

Job Center Access Point at Parklawn Assembly of God

"I think we're building up momentum. I think you'll see way more people here today," Allen said Tuesday, September 20th at Parklawn Assembly of God church.

Ray Allen, Department of Workforce Development secretary

Ray Allen, Department of Workforce Development secretary

These Job Center Access Points are meant to help those who want to find work connect with potential employers and learn about other services they may qualify for.

"This is a place that you're going to be able to come to be able to find out what jobs are available, what skill opportunities you could potentially get in the pipeline to get, you know, to get some kind of training for," Senator Lena Taylor said.

On Tuesday, Secretary Allen announced $1 million in training grants to help Milwaukee residents prepare for and land the jobs they want -- even if they don't yet have the necessary skills.

"The employers come with job openings and commitments that they're going to hire and we will then assist them with the training of those individuals. The whole goal here is to get people employed," Allen said.

Job Center Access Point at Parklawn Assembly of God

Job Center Access Point at Parklawn Assembly of God

The Job Center Access Point at Parklawn Assembly of God is open until 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 20th.

Officials said they hope to offer one access point per week through at least the end of the year.

Job Center Access Point at Parklawn Assembly of God

Job Center Access Point at Parklawn Assembly of God

Upcoming Job Center Access Point events, which will run from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.:

  • September 27th, Milwaukee Urban League, West North Ave.
  • October 5th, UMOS, 2701 S. Chase Ave.

CLICK HERE to access the Job Center of Wisconsin website, where you can learn more about these access points, create a resume, and browse available jobs.

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3 comments

  • Opinion8d

    More wasted money!!! 35 people attended??? One site per week til the end of the year? So what, maybe 12 more weeks. So even if they get a 100 to come to each site, that’s a cost of $833 each. At the current 35 rate it’s $2,380 each, and if the average (given holidays and bad weather) say 20, that’s a cost of over $4,166 each. Honestly, retailers, fast food, restaurants will be hiring like mad between now and Christmas and we need to spend resources to beg people to look for a job???

  • confused

    do you have to be from Milwaukee? I’d love to get the job and the training for said job that I WANT. The job I have is ok, it pays the bills but it’s certainly not the one I want or will be able to do for 20 years.Lucky group. How many 35? Three times that many were “unrested” rofl sad !