ADVANCE Employment Services

Job boards and classified ads only include about 20% of all available jobs. The Urban League can help you uncover the other 80%! We offer an array of FREE job training, placement, and coaching services. More importantly, as a member of our employment programs, you will have opportunities to network with HR representatives from some of the region’s premier employers – companies like CUNA Mutual Group, Exact Sciences, UW Health, and many others. Read on for details, and upcoming classes and events.

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. 

Career Readiness Services

Are you unemployed but looking for work? Or, maybe you’re working but looking for something better? Our career readiness services have something to offer whether you are new to the job market, or a seasoned pro. We offer a variety of classes to help with things like workplace computer skills, time management, teamwork, problem solving, goal setting, resume & cover letter creation, behavioral interviewing, and so much more. As the only agency in Wisconsin certified to offer the National Work Readiness Credential, we can also assist with workplace reading, workplace math, active listening, and situational judgement. Moreover, our members get opportunities to network directly with HR representatives from companies looking to hire you!

Featured Employer Seminars

The Urban League hosts Featured Employer Seminars at both our Park Street and Gammon Road locations several times each month.  These seminars feature local employers looking to hire you. By attending, you get a chance to hear directly from these employers about their job opportunities, workplace culture, and career growth potential within the company. You will have the opportunity to speak directly with HR professionals from the featured company, and often get help right then with their job application process. 

Job Club

Drop into the Park Edge/Park Ridge Employment & Training Center at 658 S. Gammon every Monday or Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm to receive help from one of our Employment Specialists. We can provide job leads, resume & cover letter assistance, access to computers with high-speed Internet, assistance with job applications, interview tips, information about our other employment programs, and much more. No cost. No need to pre-register. 

Fatherhood Responsibility Program

Our Fatherhood Program works to enhance children's well-being through the support and development of fathers. We are especially interested in helping non-custodial fathers who may be struggling with child support arrearages. We offer help navigating the child support system, and through our relationship with the Dane County Child Support office we may be able to assist you in developing a more manageable child support order. We also offer job coaching, training, and placement services as well as fatherhood workshops. Because many services are provided in a group setting, participants learn in a peer-support system, sharing experiences and pushing each other to overcome obstacles.


In addition to our programs and services, the Urban League is a partner in numerous local collaborations that also help support our work. These collaborations mean we can tap into an even wider network to help you accomplish your career goals. For example, as a certified FoodShare Employment & Training agency, we can help you fulfill FoodShare work requirements. As a partner in the United Way HIRE Initiative, we can help you access jobs with dozens of local HIRE Employer Partners – many paying $15 per hour or more. Our involvement with the Construction Employment Initiative the Construction Workforce Diversity Alliance (CWDA) can support 


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