Career Academies

Accelerated Career Academies

The Urban League offers a variety of accelerated career academies focused on in-demand industries and occupations. In addition to classroom instruction, some academies include internships and hands-on training opportunities. Participants are connected with preferred employer partners and are often quickly hired into good-paying positions. All academies are free to participants. 

Exact Sciences Academy

Train for great jobs with one of Madison’s fastest growing employers. Training will help prepare individuals for a variety of roles with Exact Sciences including laboratory processing and customer care center positions. Most positions begin at $15 or more per hour plus benefits and great advancement opportunity. Skills learned will include:

  • Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Time Management
  • Healthcare Privacy
  • Call Center Concepts
  • Labarotary Operating Procedures
  • (PPE) Personal Protective Equipment Procedures
  • More!

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Deadline to apply is January 2, 2019. Class begins January 14, 2019.

For more information, please contact Melissa Herriges at 608.729.1232 or

PREP for Patient Administrative Support Careers

The Pre-employment Readiness and Education Program (PREP) for Patient Administrative Support Careers training will help prepare you for great career pathway positions such as Patient Scheduling Representative, Patient Scheduling Specialist, Health Unit Clerk,  Patient Access Representative, and others. Skills learned will include Medical Terminology, Healthcare Privacy, Scheduling Scenarios, Patient Scheduling & Records Software, Time Management, Healthcare Customer Service, and more!

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Class in progress.

To be added to the interest list for our next session contact Laura Hiebing at 608.729.1209 or

START (Skilled Trades Apprenticeship Readiness Training)

Start your career in construction! Prepare for 19 different trades, including carpentry, electrical, painting, and more. START provides 6 weeks of apprenticeship preparation in the areas of work readiness and preparation for apprenticeship entrance exams. You will receive job coaching and tutoring to make you a strong candidate for jobs in the construction industry.

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Next session: January 7, 2019

For more information, contact Terry Birts at 608.729.1270 or or Vencint Thomas at 608.729.1239 or

CUNA Mutual Group Insurance Academy

Train for great jobs with one of Madison’s premiere employers. Successful graduates will have the opportunity work in CUNA Mutual Group’s Operations Division. Starting pay is $15/hr. plus benefits and great advancement opportunity. Skills learned will include:

  • Processing reports
  • Data validation
  • Policy & claim se rvicing
  • Knowledge management systems
  • Forms distribution
  • Incoming & outgoing calls processing
  • Mailbox management
  • Work queue escalation
  • More!

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Class in progress.

Contact Melissa Herriges to be added to the wait list for our session: 608.729.1232 or

CLASS (CLassroom Academy for Student Supports) Education Academy

This academy prepares potential para-educators for success in the classroom that exceed standards for non-certified educators, and can be a pathway to certification that aligns with the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) guidelines with the school districts of the greater Madison area. Along with ULGM’s Foundations Work Readiness Academy curriculum, content includes classroom management, conflict resolution, assessment, lesson planning (age/grade appropriate), phonics, environmental education, DPI mandated reporting, working with students with special needs, history of race and educational disparities and WI Act 31, tribal culture, history and treaties.

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Class in progress.

Contact Laura Hiebing to be added to the wait list for our session: 608.729.1209 or

Foundations for the Trades

Learn foundational skills for careers in the construction industry, including nearly 100 hours of hand-on training on a real construction site. Graduates will earn industry recognized certifications including OSHA 10, National Flagging, First Aid/CPR, and a Pre-Apprenticeship certification from the State of Wisconsin Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards. Participants who graduate typically start in positions paying $15/hr and up!

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Next class begins February 4, 2019.

For more information, contact Terry Birts at 608.729.1270 or or Vencint Thomas at 608.729.1239 or

IT Career Academy (ITCA)

Members complete up to 11 months of work experience at an IT Help Desk or Field Service unit and complete the 2 semester Madison College CompTIA+ Certification Program while receiving career counseling, coaching, resource assistance, and post-employment success follow up. During this academy, participants gain knowledge of teamwork, accountability, time management, conflict management, communication/interpersonal skills, decision making, problem solving, lifelong learning skills, identifying customer problems and attitudes, call center protocol and interviewing skills. ITCA participants gain applied knowledge of hardware, operating systems, security, audio/visual, networking, help desk operations, web browsers and security software, Microsoft Office, troubleshooting, job search & employment skills in preparation to obtain their A+ Certification.

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Next session is being planned.

For more information, contact Melissa Herriges at 608.729.1232 or