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Careers for Wisconsin

Program Goals and Emphasis

Careers for Wisconsin focuses on Web-based information and services. The Careers for Wisconsin Web site targets four areas: salary/wages, job stability, job preparation and current employment. The WISCareers Web site provides resources for students and education professionals.

State Economic Profile

Economic and Environmental Profile

Health care and social assistance is the largest sector of employment, with manufacturing and retail trade as the next largest areas. Primary products include dairy products (milk, butter, cheese), farming (corn), machinery, paper manufacturing, beer and tourism. The high growth areas are health services, followed by business services and educational services.

The January 2006 unemployment rate was 4.5%, the same as in April 2005.
Key Economic Sectors

• Government
• Health Care & Social Assistance
• Leisure & Hospitality
• Manufacturing
• Professional & Business Services
• Retail Trade

State Career Resource Activities

Highlighted Activities

• WC-Connections is a Web site that allows businesses to enter information about themselves and to indicate their willingness to volunteer for school-to-career activities.

• The Careers4WI Web site is designed for initial exploration, and over 12,000 people accessed information from that site. The WISCareers Web site is designed primarily to support career guidance and academic counseling. Over 118,000 new users established accounts on the WISCareers Web site during the year. Including returning users, almost one-half million young people and adults used the site with an average of 50 pages viewed per user.
Primary Activities and Trainings

Wisconsin conducted the following activities and trainings:
• Wisconsin Careers Connection
• Career Information Delivery Systems
• Facilitating Career Development

Career Information Delivery Systems (CIDS)

CIDS are computer-based systems providing local, state, and national information about careers and employment opportunities. State sites for CIDS include:

Elementary Schools40
Middle Schools 105
High Schools 280
Community Colleges 35
4-Year Colleges/Universities 53
Other 11

Primary Resources

Wisconsin has published the following resources:
• Facilitating Career Development
• Federal Occupational Outlook Handbook
• State Occupational Outlook Handbook
• Various Career Publications/Games

Program Funding and Partnerships

Other Funding Sources

The awarded funds from ACRN stimulate and are combined with other state funds and fees to provide the broad range of career services enumerated in this report. Including the ACRN funds, Wisconsin devotes approximately five times more to these activities.
Significant Program Partnerships

• University of Wisconsin System
• Wisconsin Technical College System
• Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
• Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
• Wisconsin K-12 Educational Institutions
• Wisconsin Technical Colleges
• Wisconsin Job Centers

Resource Allocation

Contact Information

State Contact

Contact Person
David Caulum
Wisconsin Careers - Center for Education and Work
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1025 West Johnson Street, Room 1053A
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 263-5601
Fax: (608) 262-3063
Web Site:
State Administrative Location

Department of Workforce Development, Division of Workforce Excellence

Regional Contact Information