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If you are based in Northern Wisconsin, and your (or your organization’s) work intersects with workforce assistance efforts in your community, the Library Services Team at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (alongside other partners) are proud to be offering an in-person workforce development collaboration workshop in Hayward, Wisconsin this Fall. Registration is open now!, and will close on October 12th (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:

Where: The Sherman and Ruth Weiss Community Library (10788 WI-27 #77, Hayward, WI 54843)

When: Thursday, October 19th, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (*FREE* Lunch included!)

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 Thursday, October 19th, at the Sherman & Ruth Weiss Community Library in Hayward, 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), a representative from the Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board (NWWIB), and Luke Vander Meer from WisCaregiver Careers.

The NWWIB will share information about multiple workforce initiatives underway in northwest Wisconsin, including programs that serve individuals interested in healthcare and early childhood education, with substance misuse experience, or those re-entering communities from incarceration. The NWWIB has been working to transform regional communities and is excited to participate and explore impactful ways to collaborate. 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 October 19th, you will come away with NEW connections, tools, and confidence to help your communities thrive!

FREE catered lunch by Lynn’s Custom Meats & Catering will be offered to participants (Subway will be a backup option); 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, and is sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Northern Waters Library Service, the IFLS Library SystemWisconsin Valley Library Service, the South Central Library System, and the Library Workforce Connection (LWC). We also want to recognize our workshop partners, the Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board, and WisCaregiver Careers.

Please contact Chris Baker (chris.baker@dpi.wi.gov) or Mark Jochem (mjochem@scls.info) if you have questions, or if you need to cancel/edit your registration.