How do I get started?
To access WorkSmart Network at Madison College services, fill out the WorkSmart Information Request form thoroughly. A WorkSmart support staff will contact you to gather more information.
What is WIOA?
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) provides funds for the WorkSmart Network to address the employment and training needs of dislocated workers, income-eligible adults and youth.
What do I need for my first appointment?
We recommend bringing your driver's license, social security card, and/or documentation verifying your authorization to work in the U.S. If you are a dislocated worker, please bring your termination or layoff notice and documentation of Unemployment Insurance (UI) eligibility (i.e. benefits summary). If you are qualified as an adult, please bring documentation (such as pay stubs or tax records) of your last six months of income to determine income eligibility.
What if I no longer wish to follow-up with a Training Navigator once I am employed?
By participating within the WorkSmart Network, you agree to maintain monthly contact with your Training Navigator through employment followup as well as followup for up to a year, as indicated within the WorkSmart Network Program's rights and responsibilities.
Are programs and services through the WorkSmart Network considered entitlement programs?
No, programs and services through the WorkSmart Network are not entitlement programs. This is a federally funded program in place to assist individuals with training and employment needs in a timely manner. Your Training Navigator will work with you to ensure you are a good fit for services and opportunities through the WorkSmart Network.
What if I am not interested in long-term training?
If you are not interested in long-terming training of three months or more, the Training Navigators will make referrals to Employment Specialists in the community who can assist with your employment needs.
Is funding available for training costs or supportive services?
Funding may be available for tuition and/or textbooks for qualified participants, but it is not guaranteed. Resources may also be available for supportive services such as transportation costs (such as bus passes), child care and pre-approved work-related equipment and/or clothing. Your potential support options will be discussed with your Training Navigator.