MADISON, Wis. - A new job center is providing training for people who want to start or advance their careers.
The Park Edge/Park Ridge Employment and Training Center is a partnership between the city of Madison and the Urban League of Greater Madison. The city is providing funds for running the facility, and the Urban League is responsible for staffing.
A permanent center will open in 2018 at the old Griff’s Restaurant, which the city purchased in 2014. The city will pay for construction of the new center using $1 million from the capital budget.
Residents on Madison’s southwest side expressed interest in having the facility open before the 2018 scheduled date. A temporary location has opened on South Gammon Road at the Gammon Place strip mall in suite 204.
The center offers training programs for jobs in the healthcare, IT, construction and insurance industries. Job seekers also learn how to create a resume, and brush up on their computer and interviewing skills.
Madison District 1 Alder, Barbara Harrington-McKinney said these skills are necessary for residents to get sustainable jobs.
"When you've got a lot of jobs, but you don't have the skill level to reach those jobs, that's where the gap is,” she said. “This center works on the gap."
An open house is scheduled for Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.