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Black Construction Trainees In Milwaukee Could Help Alter Underrepresentation in Industry

Originally written by Chuck Quirmbach for WUWM 89.7 FM Two Biden administration cabinet members looked very favorably upon the Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership (WRTP) | BIG STEP organization during recent visits. Acting Labor Secretary Julie Su brought news of more than $1 million for training on building and maintaining electric vehicle charging stations. At

Black Construction Trainees In Milwaukee Could Help Alter Underrepresentation in Industry2024-02-08T15:40:20-06:00

Careerforce Build UP! Pre-Apprenticeship Graduation

On Friday, January 26th, WRTP | BIG STEP South Central joined the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County and the Latino Academy of Workforce Development, Inc. at the McKenzie Regional Workforce Center to celebrate the first 12 graduates of the Careerforce Build UP! Pre-Apprenticeship Training. These 12 students dedicated 12 weeks to hands-on,

Careerforce Build UP! Pre-Apprenticeship Graduation2024-02-06T16:51:55-06:00

WRTP | BIG STEP Success Series: Derrick Powe

I am thrilled to share the inspiring success story of one of our former students, Derrick Powe. With our support, he overcame significant personal challenges and is now flourishing in his second year of the sheet metal apprenticeship program. Derrick is a justice-impacted individual who participated in our Entry-Level Construction Skills program. He quickly

WRTP | BIG STEP Success Series: Derrick Powe2023-12-15T09:13:13-06:00

WRTP | BIG STEP Success Series: Carshella Porter

At WRTP | BIG STEP, our WANTO (Women in Nontraditional Occupations) program is transforming lives and careers right here in Milwaukee. Through tailored training, case management, and supportive services, we're breaking down barriers and empowering women to thrive in traditionally male-dominated fields. One shining example is Carshella Porter, a determined single mother who embarked

WRTP | BIG STEP Success Series: Carshella Porter2023-12-15T09:57:47-06:00

WRTP | BIG STEP Success Series: Robert Artley and Zacharias Smith’s Success Story

Robert Artley and Zacharias Smith have similar stories: Both came to WRTP | BIG STEP as veterans after falling on hard times, and both found themselves job-hopping with little success, lacking confidence, and looking for support that could lead them back to family-supporting careers. They got the support they needed when the Center for

WRTP | BIG STEP Success Series: Robert Artley and Zacharias Smith’s Success Story2023-08-10T16:03:38-05:00

WRTP | BIG STEP Success Series: Isaias Cisneros’s Success Story

Isaias Cisneros is a second-generation Mexican American born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Madison, Wisconsin. He enjoys music, art, physical activity, and practicing his faith. Before enrolling in WRTP | BIG STEP, Isaias worked at Kwik Trip but felt unfulfilled in his job. Isaias learned about WRTP | BIG

WRTP | BIG STEP Success Series: Isaias Cisneros’s Success Story2023-02-02T10:08:46-06:00

WRTP | BIG STEP Success Series: Jessica Lazo Figueroa’s Success Story

Jessica Lazo Figueroa, 17 years old and a senior at Madison East High School, is a Youth Apprentice through the Madison Metropolitan School District. Growing up, she always wanted a career in construction, but did not have much knowledge about it or know where to begin. She heard about WRTP | BIG STEP through

WRTP | BIG STEP Success Series: Jessica Lazo Figueroa’s Success Story2023-02-02T15:02:19-06:00

WRTP | BIG STEP Success Series: José Garcia’s Success Story

José Garcia is a union journey worker carpenter and the father of nine children. His journey to and through the skilled trades held many challenges, but it ultimately fulfilled his dreams. When José first learned of WRTP | BIG STEP, he had recently returned from incarceration and was struggling to find a job due

WRTP | BIG STEP Success Series: José Garcia’s Success Story2023-02-02T10:16:49-06:00

WRTP | BIG STEP Success Series: Justin Hirsch’s Success Story

My name is Justin Hirsch. I’m 31 years old and a father of three beautiful children. I enjoy spending time with family, fishing, boating, and camping. In my early teenage years, I struggled on and off with drug addiction; this led to me being a felon in my early twenties, which made it hard

WRTP | BIG STEP Success Series: Justin Hirsch’s Success Story2023-01-18T11:57:57-06:00

WRTP | BIG STEP Success Series: Gabriel Gniot’s Success Story

Gabriel Gniot graduated from WRTP | BIG STEP’s Entry Level Construction Skills (ELCS) program in 2022 and is currently a carpenter apprentice with Selzer-Ornst. From a young age, he always had a passion for working with his hands and creating things. Initially, he had aspirations of becoming a civil engineer, but later discovered

WRTP | BIG STEP Success Series: Gabriel Gniot’s Success Story2023-01-24T15:51:25-06:00
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