Conceived by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dane County and the Madison Area Builders Association—and powered by partnerships with area organizations such as WRTP | BIG STEP—the McKenzie Regional Workforce Center aims to train and connect a new generation of young people to the skilled trades.

A first-of-its-kind project for the Boys and Girls Club organization, the center will serve as a national template ― preparing young people in Dane County for quality, family-sustaining jobs at a time when the skilled trades are facing a labor shortage.

Project Timeline

Steps to Success

October 1, 2021
The Perfect Match

Madison Area Builder’s Association and Boys & Girls Club of Dane County finalize partnership to begin work on new regional workforce center

October 1, 2021
December 1, 2021
Fundraising Frenzy

MRWC raises $2.8 million contributing to endowment of building

December 1, 2021
January 1, 2022
Home sweet home

Official closing on building purchase in Fitchburg, WI, to house skilled trades training center

January 1, 2022
April 1, 2022
Digging up dirt

Construction on MRWC begins

April 1, 2022
July 1, 2023
The future is now

Grand Opening of MRWC

July 1, 2023

The Next Generation

Who We’re Serving

As an extension of the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County, the McKenzie Regional Workforce Center aims to inspire and empower all young people; especially those who need us most.


Of our members are from low-income households


Of the population we serve are People of Color


Of our members are living at or below the federal poverty level


Of BGCDC youth come from single-parent households

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