Building Futures

The WOW Workforce Development Board is pleased to be the recipient of another round of YouthBuild funding from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration to operate our third Building Futures program.

Building Futures is open to low-income youth ages 18 to 24 who do not have a HS diploma, GED, or HSED. Building Futures will serve 72 participants over four 6-month cohorts with 9 months of follow-up.

Building Futures participants will receive:

The WOW Workforce Development Board has partnered with the Milwaukee Community Service Corps (MCSC) and Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County. A Building Futures Case Manager will provide case management, post-program placement, and follow-up services to participants. MCSC will provide academic and hands-on training for each cohort. Participants will receive 6 months of academic education and 4½ months of carpentry training. Participants will have the opportunity to build upon the stackable carpentry and welding certificates they receive from the Building Futures program. Habitat for Humanity will provide low-income housing worksites for hands-on construction training.

Contact: Kimberly Sleider, Planner / 262.695.7884 /

*Building Futures is a program of Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington Workforce Development, Inc. in partnership with Milwaukee Community Service Corps and Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County with funding awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.



Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)

DVR is a state program designed to obtain, maintain, and improve employment for people with disabilities by working with vocational rehabilitation consumers, employers, and other partners.

The WOW Workforce Development Board has been approved by DVR in Waukesha County as a Service Provider in the following areas:

Contact: Jennifer Aldrich, Disability Resource Coordinator / 262.695.7989 /


On-the-Job Training (OJT)

OJT dollars are used to provide training wage reimbursements to employers who hire job seekers who have the aptitude and ability to do a specific job but who may not have previous on-the-job experience in that occupation or industry. Reimbursements are designed to help offset the extraordinary costs of training new hires. The length of the on-the-job training and wage reimbursement is dependent on the amount of training needed and the complexity of the job.

# of Employees Wage Reimbursement
250 or less Up to 75%
251 or more Up to 50%

Contact: Cindy Simons, Operations Manager / 262.695.7887 /


Rapid Response

Wisconsin's Business Closing and Mass Layoff (WBCML) Law and the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act's purpose is to provide workers with 60 days' notice to help them prepare for the transition between their current employment and new employment.  The WOW Workforce Development Board has developed a rapid response team to assist with developing a transition plan for employees.

Rapid Response Process

Step 1 Notification
Step 2 Initial Meeting
Step 3 Developing a Transition Strategy
Step 4 On-site Worker Informational Sessions
Step 5 Worker Surveys
Step 6 Conclusion of Services

The rapid response team will work with the employer and any employee representatives to determine the best course of action. To best assist, the rapid response team will need to understand:

Employers are encouraged to contact the WOW Workforce Development Board right away, even if layoffs are not scheduled to occur for a number of months. The rapid response team can also begin planning how to best help those workers who will eventually be let go.

Layoffs that require a WARN Notice need to be addressed to the State's Dislocated Worker Unit and the highest official of the municipality.

For an extensive review of the law, please visit:

Contact: Kathy Wolfe, Rapid Response Coordinator / 262.335.5318 /



WIOA Adult and Dislocated Worker Program

Through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding, the WOW Workforce Development Board provides core, intensive, training, and supportive services for WIOA eligible adults and dislocated workers. Dynamic Workforce Solutions is the service provider for Waukesha County and WOW Workforce Development, Inc. is the service provider in Ozaukee and Washington Counties. Job seekers needing services are assessed to determine needs and goals and are provided services which build on existing competencies. Job search assistance is provided to those with marketable skills. For those needing to upgrade skills, through the utiliziation of individual training accounts and other funding sources, job seekers are encouraged to attain higher paying jobs and are assisted in exploring these occupations. The quality of services are continually assessed and adopted to meet the needs to employers and job seekers.

Activities and services for adults and dislocated workers may include:

Contact: Lisa Maylen, Job Center Coordinator / 262.335.5304 /


employMEnt NOW!

The WOW Workforce Development Board provides intensive case management and program elements to Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) eligible youth ages 16 through 24. Targeted youth in the WOW workforce development area include low-income youth with at least one barrier to employment (e.g. pregnancy, foster care). employMEnt NOW! Case Managers work with participants to create a customized individual employability plan to assist in the development of soft skills, workplace competencies, career exploration, occupational training, job placement and job retention. Once a participant has demonstrated the ability to join the workforce, they receive assistance in securing interviews.

Customized services may include:

Contact: Lisa Maylen, Job Center Coordinator / 262.335.5304 /


Windows to Work

Windows to Work is a re-entry program to help offenders successfully transition from incarceration back to their communities and reduce recidivism rates. The Windows to Work Case Manager serves as a link between incarceration and the community by providing continuous, intensive services pre- and post-release. The Case Manager also connects participants to a range of employment and training services and refers participants to housing, mental health, substance abuse, and educational resources.

Pre-release services include individualized plans, weekly sessions, workshops, job development and placement services, retention services, documentation assistance, resource referrals, and day of release plans. Post-release services include continued retention resources, career pathways development, and continued resource referrals.

Goals and outcomes:

Contact: Brian Luera, Case Manager / 262.695.6222 /