The Goodwill Career Center is open to the public. Its services are FREE and include:
- Access to high-speed Internet for job searching
- Help creating résumés and cover letters
- An opportunity to take part in practice job interviews
- Assistance in locating job databases
- A safe and supportive environment
The center is located at 6291 McKee Road, in Fitchburg. It is accessible via Madison Metro route 52. Its hours are 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. You can reach our Career Center Manager, Pam Johnson, via e-mail and by calling 608-268-5175.
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Supported Employment is a nationally recognized approach to helping people with significant disabilities find and maintain employment.
After carefully assessing an individual’s skills and matching him or her to an employer, Goodwill staff then supplement the employer’s regular training and supervision — at no cost to the employer — until the employee’s performance meets expectations. Goodwill provides assistance in identifying and arranging job modifications and reasonable accommodations, if needed, and provides ongoing follow up until both the individual and the employer are satisfied with the job placement. Even then we continue our involvement as needed to ensure long-term success. In fact, the average length of employment for persons placed through this program is nine years.
Supported Employment helps local employers save recruitment and training costs, reduce turnover, expand and diversify their workforce, and find the enthusiastic workers they are looking for. In turn, employers help individuals with disabilities attain their goals of independence. It’s a win-win situation.
Examples of jobs currently supported include light clerical work, assembly, food service, stocking, janitorial, messenger, and mailroom work. Hours worked per week range from two to 40. All employees earn minimum wage or higher.
Individuals are referred to us by the Dane County Developmental Disabilities Unit within the Human Services Department and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.
If you are interested in learning more about our supported employment services, please contact our Director of Workforce Development, Tom Grunder (608-246-3140, ext. 190).
We are proud that CARF, an internationally recognized accreditation body, has accredited us for our Supported Employment services. Click here for more information.
Work Experience Services
Goodwill's Work Experience services provide individuals who are seeking employment an opportunity to establish a recent work reference, acquire general work skills, and reinforce positive work habits while working at a Goodwill site. Individuals are referred to us by agencies such as Forward Service Corporation, through the Wisconsin Works (W-2) Program, and the Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.
For more information about our Work Experience services, please contact our Director of Workforce Development, Tom Grunder (608-246-3140, ext. 190).
Post-Secondary Academic Support for Success (PASS)
Through the Post-Secondary Academic Support for Success (PASS) program, an educational support specialist from Goodwill provides extra support to Madison College students with disabilities so that they can progress as far as possible through their course of study, in addition to having the valuable experience of participating in college with peers. The extra educational support may include monitoring class assignments and/or attendance, time-management assistance, direct teaching/review, and communication with college faculty. This service is important because it is documented that people with disabilities who have even a few college credits have higher rates of employment as well as higher average wages.
The PASS program is a Think College initiative and is provided in collaboration with the Madison College Disability Service Resource Office.
For more information about the PASS program, please contact our Director of Workforce Development, Tom Grunder (608-246-3140, ext. 190).
The Co-Employment Program gives people with disabilities who are living independently the option to recruit, hire, train, and supervise their personal caregivers. Acting as co-employer, Goodwill handles many management-related duties, such as recruitment, interviewing, and the legal documentation involved in the hiring process.
If you would like more information about this program, please contact our Co-Employment Coordinator, Bonny Lyons (608-246-3140, ext. 153.)