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
October 1, 2023
The future is now

Grand Opening of MRWC

October 1, 2023
McKenzie Regional Workforce Center Under Construction

Countdown to launch

Fall of 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

Help us reach our

Fundraising Goal

With support from friends and donors like you, we are making real progress toward reaching our fundraising goal. 

Raise $35 Million
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Currently at $27.6 Million



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.

Thanks To

Our partners

Meet the people, businesses, and educational institutions that are contributing their knowledge and resources to ensure the success of this project and the young people it will serve.

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

In the News

We’re Making Headlines

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

Featured on NAHB.com

Boys and Girls Club receives Seven-Figure Gift

Featured on The Cap Times

Q&A With Vice President of Workforce Development
Alan Branch

Featured on The Cap Times

B&GC Shares Plans for Job Training Center

Featured on Channel3000.com

McKenzie Regional Workforce Center Youth Entrepreneurial Classes

Invest in their future

Your investment will change the lives of countless young people, their families, and our community. We thank you so much for your generous donation.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County

Founded in 1999, Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County (BGCDC) is one of the most effective and efficient non-profit organizations in South Central Wisconsin, impacting over 6,300 young people and their families annually with a commitment to improving communities through innovation and collaboration, ensuring high-quality programming and services.

BGCDC strives to inspire and empower all young people, especially those who need us the most, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible and caring adults. BGCDC continues to be a community leader in providing resources, services, and programming to students and families through three formal Club locations in Dane County and five affiliated club locations at area middle and high schools.

Madison Area Builders Association

A one-stop shop for home building and remodeling resources, the Madison Area Builders Association connects home builders with high-quality local professionals that help build homes dreams are made of.

WRTP Big Step

The Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership (WRTP) was created in the 1990s to renew Milwaukee’s traditional industrial base after the recovery of manufacturing, retirement of an aging workforce, and diversification of the regional economy created a growing skills shortage.

Madison College

With over 180 training programs to start or upgrade your career, Madison College helps those university-bound take the leap and land on their feet.