Local Services Programs

  • Dislocated Worker
  • Youth Apprenticeship
  • WIA Title I Youth

Local Services Section

Section Structure

The Local Services Section monitors performance for activities funded through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA); provides dislocated worker services and manages the Trade Adjustment Assistant (TAA) program; and, coordinates policies and services geared toward younger workers, including the youth apprenticeship program.

Section Chief


Adult and Dislocated Worker Unit

This unit manages WIA Title 1 Adult programs and coordinates local WIA plan development. It is responsible for grants management, program monitoring and providing guidance to local areas on Federal and State program policies. In addition, the unit monitors performance for the WIA Title 1 Adult, Dislocated Worker, and TAA programs. Staff conduct site visits, training sessions, and file reviews to assess program compliance and identify areas that may benefit from technical assistance.

The unit manages those programs that help workers and employers when staff reductions, business closings and mass layoffs occur. One may be a dislocated worker if he or she has been laid off, received a notice of termination or layoff, or was self-employed and is now unemployed due to economic conditions or natural disaster. Programs associated with these efforts include WIA Title 1, TAA, National Emergency Grants (NEG), and Department of Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC) assistance.

Youth and Projects Unit

Youth Apprenticeship

The Youth Apprenticeship program is a foundational part of a statewide School-to-Work initiative that has earned Wisconsin national recognition as a leader in education reform. It is designed for high school students who want to experience hands-on learning at the worksite in conjunction with classroom instruction. In addition, the unit is responsible for grant management, monitoring and guidance concerning WIA Title 1 youth-oriented programs coordinated through Wisconsin Job Center locations statewide.

Sector Strategies and Special Grants

Wisconsin Sector Strategies seek to coordinate and build on our existing foundations in three ways:

Successful sector strategies have three key elements:

  1. they are informed and directed by private industry sector leadership;
  2. they require close partnership between that leadership and private sector resources from many programs for building solutions to industry problems; and
  3. they are staffed and supported both to develop shared understanding of needs and to build, with public partners, solutions to those needs. Successful sector strategies also facilitate the alignment of resources making it possible to work across funded programs.

Grant Eligibility: Applications must be submitted by the Workforce Development Boards (WDBs) and must support existing Workforce Development Area (WDA) local plans. The submitting WDB will serve as fiscal agents/grant recipients and be responsible for administering the grant. By investing in the needs of the WDA we can produce tomorrow's jobs for tomorrow's workers.

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