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MCKENZIE REGIONAL WORKFORCE CENTER

BUILDING BETTER FUTURES

MCKENZIE REGIONAL WORKFORCE CENTER

BUILDING BETTER FUTURES

MCKENZIE REGIONAL WORKFORCE CENTER

BUILDING BETTER FUTURES

EMPOWERED BY THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF DANE COUNTY

INSPIRED BY THE
NEXT GENERATION

As a true extension of the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County, the McKenzie Regional Workforce Center aims to inspire and empower all young people—especially those in need—to reach their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring adults.

At the heart of this center is the Skilled Trades Training Program―a program designed to educate and support interested youth to pursue careers as plumbers, carpenters, HVAC technicians, electricians, and more. Here, partners and volunteers will train hundreds of young people in the skilled trades, giving them a new path forward. We invite you to help us build that future.

McKenzie Regional Workforce Center Under Construction

Countdown to launch

Fall of 2023

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Key Milestones

Toward a Brighter Future

With support from friends and donors like you, we are making real progress toward our major milestones. Click the button below to see how you can help.

Raise $35 Million
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Currently at $26.5 Million

PROJECTED IMPACTS

STRENGTHENING FAMILIES AND THE COMMUNITY

By creating pathways for young adults to gain certifications or on-the-job training such as apprenticeships that result in quality jobs, the Skilled Trades Training Center and Program will strengthen individuals, their families, and area businesses at a time when there is a shortage of trained skilled trades workers.

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YOUNG ADULTs wILL COMPLETe tHE PROGRAM
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GRADUATES PLACED IN JOBS
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OF PARTICIPANTS TO RECEIVE JOb cOACHES

MORE THAN TRADE SKILLS

EQUIPPING YOUTH FOR SUCCESS

Students at the Skilled Trades Training Center will gain an array of skills to succeed in the workplace ― as tradespeople, as employees, and as business owners themselves.

Trade Skills Training will teach students the hard skills they’ll need to pursue careers as plumbers, carpenters, electricians, HVAC technicians, and more.

Soft-Skills Training will provide students with social, emotional, and learning support to assist them with transitioning to the workforce.

Youth entrepreneurial classes will prepare students to launch their own independent businesses as well as build income and wealth.

“Marianne and I believe the McKenzie Regional Workforce Center will be a critical hub for attracting more young people to great jobs in the trades and business ownership. The Boys & Girls Club and the Madison Area Builders Association have a masterful vision that will make a difference for so many people in our community and beyond.”

Steve Schlecht
fOUNDER
DULUTH TRADING COMPANY
McKenzie Regional Workforce Center Trade Skills Training

Get Involved

How you can help

The McKenzie Regional Workforce Center is a groundbreaking project with the potential to create economic opportunity and transformational change for families throughout South Central Wisconsin. The Boys and Girls Club of Dane County invites you to join us ― as a partner, sponsor, educator, mentor, or volunteer.

Join Them

Meet our valuable partners

McKenzie Regional Workforce Center Partner - Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County
McKenzie Regional Workforce Center Partner - Madison Area Builders Association
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McKenzie Regional Workforce Center Partner - Madison College

In the News

We’re Making Headlines

Boys and Girls Club of Dane Co. launches $35 million campaign for workforce center

Featured on nbc15.com

Boys and Girls Club, NAHB Team Up To Promote Skilled Trades

Featured on nahbnow.com

Boys and Girls Club Receives Seven-Figure Gift

Featured on The Cap Times

Q&A With Vice President of Workforce Development Alan Branch

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McKenzie Regional Workforce Center Invest in Their Future

Invest in their future

Your investment in the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County and the Skilled Trades Training Center and Program will help us provide young adults with resources, programming, and support systems that will build durable skills and create pathways to quality work while addressing the shortage of trained skilled trades workers. Please, consider lending your support today.