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
- Current GED study materials
- A safe and supportive environment
The center is located at 6291 McKee Road, in Fitchburg [map]. It is accessible via Madison Metro routes 52 and 59. 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.
Volunteers are needed to serve as tutors, perform administrative duties, serve as guest speakers, and perform other tasks such as typing and helping individuals fill out job applications. Anyone interested in volunteering is encouraged to contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Sonja Patterson (608-246-3140, ext. 155).
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.
If you are interested in learning more about our supported employment services, please contact our Director of Vocational Services, Barbara Caswell (608-246-3140, ext. 125).
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 the Dane County Employment and Training Association, Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, and Wisconsin Department of Corrections.
For more information about our Work Experience services, contact our Work Experience Coordinator, Casey Zadoka (608-246-3140, ext. 154).
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.)