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 you for a variety of roles with Exact Sciences including laboratory processing and customer care 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 April 10, 2019. Class begins April 29, 2019.

For more information, please contact Melissa Herriges at 608.729.1232 or mherriges@ulgm.org.

Introduction to Pharmacy Tech with SSM Health

The need for pharmacy technicians will increase by 12% over the next few years. If you have basic customer service, math, problem solving, and time management skills we can help you prepare for one of these great careers! Positions with SSM Health starting $14/hr plus benefits. Great advancement opportunities. Skills learned will include:

  • Medical Terminology
  • Healthcare Privacy
  • Pharmacy Law
  • Pharmacy Math
  • Time Management
  • Healthcare Customer Service
  • More!

Deadline to apply is March 11, 2019. Class begins April 2019.

For more information, please contact Laura Hiebing at 608.729.1209 or lhiebing@ulgm.org.

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 lhiebing@ulgm.org.

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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Apply now. Next class begins April 6, 2019.

For more information, contact Terry Birts at 608.729.1270 or tbirts@ulgm.org or Vencint Thomas at 608.729.1239 or vthomas@ulgm.org

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. Participants who graduate typically start in positions paying $15/hr and up! Graduates will earn industry recognized certifications including:

  • OSHA 10
  • National Flagging
  • First Aid/CPR
  • PACT Modules I – IV
  • Wisconsin Bureau of Apprenticeship Pre-Apprenticeship certification

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Apply now. Next class begins May 8, 2019.

For more information, contact Terry Birts at 608.729.1270 or tbirts@ulgm.org or Vencint Thomas at 608.729.1239 or vthomas@ulgm.org

CLASS (CLassroom Academy for Student Supports) Education Academy

This academy prepares job seekers for para-educator positions in the K-12 classroom such as a Educational Assistants. These positions 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. Skills learned will include:

  • 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
  • WI Act 31, tribal culture, history and treaties

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Next session date to be determined.

Contact Laura Hiebing to be added to the wait list for our session: 608.729.1209 or lhiebing@ulgm.org

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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Next session date to be determined.

Contact Melissa Herriges to be added to the wait list for our session: 608.729.1232 or mherriges@ulgm.org.

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 mherriges@ulgm.org

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