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Webinars and other guides are available to familiarize library staff with local workforce partners and programs, and to help assist library users in need of workforce services. If you see anything on this page that needs updating, please contact Chris Baker (Public Library Consultant, Library Services Team) at

LearningExpress Library Career Preparation Center through BadgerLink

Learn how to make your work goals a reality with LearningExpress Library's Career Preparation Center. Start a new career or advance in your current field with occupational practice tests, job search and workplace skills tutorials, and WorkKeys assessments.

Upcoming Workforce-Related Webinars & Workshops

Please contact if you'd like to highlight any free upcoming workforce development or social service webinars, presentations, or other opportunities.

Workforce Development Collaboration Workshop - Brown County Library (5/24, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm)

If you are based in or around the Bay Area of Wisconsin, and your (or your organization’s) work intersects with workforce assistance and social services efforts in your community, the Library Services Team at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (alongside other partners) are proud to be offering a FREE in-person workforce development collaboration workshop in Green Bay, Wisconsin this coming May. Registration is open NOW, and will close on May 17th (or until we hit capacity). Spots are limited to 40 participants – so register today! More information about the workshop, including how to register, is below:

Workshop Overview: Libraries are asked to do more than ever to help their communities thrive – often by assisting job seekers in gaining meaningful, livable employment. This can take the form of helping library users in job searching, application prep, and other social/employment services – which can be challenging for frontline staff to navigate alone. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and partners developed through the Library Workforce Connection statewide workgroup (formerly known as LAWDS) are hosting an in-person workforce development collaboration workshop on Friday, May 24th, at the Brown County Central Library in Green Bay, WI, to facilitate collaboration, discuss available resources, and share networking opportunities for library and workforce development staff.

  • Learn about multiple area-relevant workforce development and wraparound service initiatives, methods, and partnership opportunities. Presenters will include Chris Baker & Beth Tomev from the Library Services Team of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Mark Jochem (Workforce Development Consultant with the South Central Library System), Danielle Zeamer (Library Services Associate; Brown County Library), Kellie Dunn-Poggemann (Workforce Readiness Director; the Wisconsin Society for Human Resource Management), Millie Coby (Director of Community Engagement & Agency Impact, Employ Milwaukee), and the Forward Service Corporation in Green Bay.
  • You will learn tips, strategies, and best practices for forming local partnerships in your own communities. Networking opportunities will be offered, so that by the end of the day on May 24th, you will come away with NEW connections, tools, and confidence to help your communities thrive!
  • FREE catered lunch is included with the workshop. Vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available.

Note: This workshop was made possible in part by funding from the Institute of Museum of Library Services (IMLS), and is sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), the Nicolet Federated Library System (NFLS), the South Central Library System (SCLS), and the Library Workforce Connection (LWC). We also want to recognize our workshop partners, the Wisconsin Society for Human Resource Management (WISHRM), Employ Milwaukee, and the Forward Service Corporation.

Please contact Chris Baker ( or Mark Jochem ( if you have questions, or if you need to cancel/edit your registration.

2024 Job Center Resources & Updates Workshops
  • 1:00 – 3:00 pm, Wed. April 17, 2024
    Jefferson County Workforce Development Center
    874 Collins Rd, Jefferson, WI 53549 [map

    REGISTRATION (You may register for one or both sessions)

Connect your patrons to local job resources by becoming familiar with Workforce services and library resources. These workshop sessions are part of a statewide initiative to provide library staffs with resources and connections to better serve job seekers. This workshop includes understanding the workforce development board, job center resources, as well as library resources for job seekers. A tour of the job center is included.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Learn ways you can answer your patrons' questions and refer them to resources.

  2. Enhance your skills for supporting jobseekers.

  3. Meet with Department of Workforce Development (DWD) staff who can assist you in answering your patrons' questions.

  4. Know what the Job Center of Wisconsin and the Workforce Center’s websites have to offer and how to use them to find services and upcoming events.

Sponsored by Bridges Library System, the Department of Workforce Development, and Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Library Workforce Connection.

Past Employment-Related Resources & Recordings

There’s an App for That?! Wisconsin Social Services Apps (webinar)

Services and assistance are available with a tap of a mobile device’s screen. From ordering a meal, hailing a ride, or finding a home, people can use their mobile phones and other smart devices to access services when they need it. Many government programs and social service organizations have also optimized access to their services to make it more convenient for people to find the help they need when they need it. This webinar will feature two apps and a mobile-optimized website to more easily find social services in Wisconsin that can address their specific needs ranging from healthcare, childcare and housing, to judicare (legal needs) and driver’s license restoration from wherever they have an internet connection. Here are the three services that will be covered:

  • 2-1-1 Wisconsin App from United Way: The familiar and amazing 2-1-1 service goes mobile. Find local help for food insecurity, housing insecurity, mental health assistance, and substance abuse treatment. Presented by Ed Wall, 2-1-1 Director for Dane County UnitedWay.

  • MyACCESS App from the State of Wisconsin: Enroll and manage BadgerCare (healthcare), FoodShare, childcare subsidies, Wisconsin Works (W2), and other services from a single app and website. Presented by Gwen Hannes, Dane County Human Services.

  • Legal Tune-up from LIFT Wisconsin: A mobile optimized online tool to help navigate legal barriers to employment, housing, etc. The tool allows visitors to reinstate driver’s licenses, remove eviction records, remove criminal records, and more. Presented by Alberto Prado from LIFT Wisconsin

Sponsors for this webinar include Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, South Central Library System, SEWI Libraries, and the Wisconsin Library Workforce Connection (LWC). To access other past SEWI training events and resources, please visit SEWI Archives of Past Events.


Reentry Resources and Programs for Your Community (webinar)
  • Originally offered April 2022
  • Libraries can help their patron's post-incarceration with resources and information about programs available to assist the return to community. Finding employment can be a key factor in adjusting to community life and avoiding returning to incarceration. During this webinar, participants will learn:
    • Reentry 101 – background information about incarceration and the reentry process,
    • Resources & Opportunities - Employment and social service programs available in communities and through local job centers,
    • Incentivizing Hiring - Incentive programs for employers to hire people with criminal records,
    • LIFT Wisconsin Legal Tune-up - A program to review criminal records.
  • After the webinar, participants will be provided with a set of resources to assist patrons, including a ready-made resource list for patrons created with assistance from Julie Enloe on behalf of the Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin and Carol Hassler from the Wisconsin Law Library. This program is presented by staff members from multiple agencies. Resources and other materials from this webinar can be found at:
  • This webinar was sponsored by the LAWDS (Libraries Activating Workforce Development Skills) Project and the Bridges, Monarch, South Central and Winnefox Library Systems 

Local Workforce Development and Public Libraries

If available, training modules specific to your Workforce Development Region/Area are included below. If no training is listed, contact your library system directly for assistance.

WDA 1 – Southeastern Wisconsin: Kenosha, Racine, and Walworth counties
  • Please contact your library system directly for assistance.
WDA 2 – Milwaukee: Milwaukee County
WDA 3 – Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington: Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Washington counties
WDA 4 – Fox Valley: Calumet, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Waupaca, Waushara, and Winnebago counties
  • Please contact your library system directly for assistance.
WDA 5 – Bay Area: Brown, Door, Florence, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, and Sheboygan counties
  • Please contact your library system directly for assistance.
WDA 6 – North Central: Adams, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Oneida, Portage, Wood, and Vilas counties
WDA 7 – Northwest: Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, and Washburn counties
WDA 8 – West Central: Barron, Chippewa, Clark, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, and St. Croix counties
  • Please contact your library system directly for assistance.
WDA 9 – Western: Buffalo, Crawford, Jackson, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Trempealeau, and Vernon counties
WDA 10 – South Central: Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Jefferson, Marquette, and Sauk counties.
WDA 11 – Southwest: Grant, Green, Iowa, Lafayette, Richland, and Rock counties

Labor Market Information

Review of the Department of Workforce Development tools to assist in career development and job search.