Dane County Human Services, Centro Hispano receive $63,000 grant to help staff gain college credit

Dane County Human Services, Centro Hispano receive $63,000 grant to help staff gain college credit
Photo courtesy of FLOOR360
Every year for the past five years, FLOOR360, a local flooring service, has selected a local nonprofit to receive a free interior makeover. The initiative, called Design for a Difference, has given RISE Wisconsin Inc.’s Respite Center, The Rainbow Project, Centro Hispano(pictured) and the East Madison Community Center beautifully redesigned spaces — all bursting with color. Thirty-plus interior designers work together to volunteer their time and talents to make the projects a reality. Interior designer Angela Skalitzky was the project manager for all four makeovers, and she says color is a wonderful tool in giving energy and life to a space. “The colors used were inspired by their logos, cultural influences or existing items or murals that were to stay in the space,” Skalitzky says. “The colors can quickly transform the space, but always make it more reflective of the spirit and personality of the staff and the kids and families who use the space.”

The Dane County Department of Human Services and Centro Hispano received a $63,000 grant Wednesday to help its staff gain college credit.

The Wisconsin Fast Forward grant is funded by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development to provide training to new and incumbent staff.

According to a news release, the training focuses on staff of color who may not have a full college degree and has opportunities for certification, college credits and applied work hours.

With the grant, Dane County Human Services will provide training to three new and 11 incumbent staff, according to the release. The trainees will receive 12 credits through Madison College in the area of Human Services through a customized curriculum.

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development presented more than $1.6 million to 10 Wisconsin employers for employee training. The grants will serve at least 893 trainees throughout the state.

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