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Workforce Corner: Job Center partners help specialists make it happen for workers

In honor of Workforce Development Month in September, the Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board, Inc. is highlighting two of our Job Center of Wisconsin partners: Job Service and Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. Job Centers deliver...

In honor of Workforce Development Month in September, the Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board, Inc. is highlighting two of our Job Center of Wisconsin partners: Job Service and Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. Job Centers deliver a range of services that stretch beyond simply finding a job. They can also help you along a career pathway.

Job Centers in northwest Wisconsin have five primary partners who bring a key component to the partnership. The partners in the northwest region consist of: Job Service, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College or Northcentral Technical College, W2 providers, and Northwest Wisconsin Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. Each Job Center partner has the common goal of strengthening Wisconsin's workforce and economy.

"Most of the agencies that create Job Centers have a targeted population," said Chuck Gottschall, Job Service Workforce Development Area (WDA) 7 director. "Job Service doesn't have eligibility requirements. Our main job is to ensure that a high quality of public labor exchange and targeted program services are made easily available to all job seekers and employers in Wisconsin."

As a part of the Job Center system, Job Service provides job seekers with job search assistance, individual and group career exploration, re-employment services to unemployment insurance claimants, and workshops. Career Counselors host many career-related workshops throughout the region, such as resume writing, interviewing skills, and social media guides and guidelines. Job seekers also have the opportunity to receive a National Career Readiness Certificate with help from Job Service staff. Each bronze, silver, gold or platinum level represents a job seeker's work readiness skill level to potential employers.

"The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation provides employment services and counseling for job seekers with disabilities," said Tom Draghi, WDA 7 district director of DVR. "We have a range of services to enable an individual to get back to work and to provide training and technical assistance to employers about disability issues."

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The focus of DVR is on individuals with disabilities who face a substantial barrier, or barriers, to employment and helping these individuals overcome these barriers. Other related services DVR offers are information and referral services, transition to work services for students with disabilities in high school, and disability employment assessment. Department of Labor has announced October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month. In Draghi's northwest Wisconsin region, DVR hosts the Opportunities for Success Awards Banquet, which recognizes employers, agencies, and organizations that help people with disabilities maintain and obtain employment.

For more information, visit www.dwd.wisconsin .

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