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This Week at the Latino Academy of Workforce Development

Latino Academy Annual Picnic and Career Fair

The Latino Academy's Annual Picnic and Career Fair will be held on Saturday, September 26th from 11am-2pm at Elver Park. The Annual Picnic will include food and family fun for all. The Career Fair portion of the event will include the opportunity to discuss career options with more than 15 local employers.

For more information about this event, please contact Jennifer at 608-709-6285 or email

Latino Academy Begins Fall Enrollment
Enrollment for the Latino Academy's fall courses begins Wednesday, August 26th. The new, larger course guide and substantial course offerings reflect the immense growth of the Latino Academy. The Latino Academy is proud of our growing ability to serve the community and the needs of the Latino population in Madison and Dane county.

Click here to view the course guide online. Please contact Omar at 608-709-6318 or email for more information about Latino Academy courses and course registration.

Bilingual Commercial Drivers License Program
The Latino Academy's new Bilingual Commercial Drivers License class began on September 13th, 2015 with more than 30 students in attendance. The course is the first of its kind in the Madison and Dane County area and has drawn strong support and interest from the Latino Community. The Latino Academy wishes our new students luck as they begin to study for their Commercial Drivers Licenses!
Improve Communication with Non-English Speaking Employees
The Latino Academy is proud to announce the development of a new project called Bienvenidos (Funded by the National Council of La Raza). The purpose of this project is to help employers establish better communication with their non-English speaking employees through workplace English as a Second Language classes.
Each ESL for the workplace class will be designed with the specific needs of the employer in mind. The classes are held on location for ease of employee access once a week for a total of 16 weeks. The Latino Academy will provide academic case management to each individual enrolled in the course in order to ensure that their individual language development needs are being met. 
Bienvenidos allows employers to have better communication with employees. This leads to an increase in work productivity, greater profits, and an overall increase in employee morale. 
If you are interested in learning more about this program and how it can benefit your company, please call Baltazar De Anda Santana, Latino Academy Director, at 608-469-5448
Featured Student: Elisa
Elisa is a member of the Latino Academy community who has served in a number of roles, from student, to instructor, to successful job seeker. Most recently, Elisa worked with Latino Academy Employment Specialists through Conexión Laboral to apply for teaching positions with locals schools and was then hired by Verona School District. Elisa is an example of the positive impact that the Latino Academy has had on the lives of our students.
To quote Elisa, "The Latino Academy helped me and my family from the beginning. In Mexico I was a teacher and I wanted to continue working after moving to the United States. The Latino Academy helped me get my teaching credentials processed so that I could do that. Most importantly, the Latino Academy reminded me not to give up on my dreams."

Congratulations to Elisa on your new position and we look forward to working with you and your family in the future!
Attend Conexión Laboral!
Do you need help applying for jobs or updating your resume? Attend Conexión Laboral! This two hour session is held every Wednesday and Friday from 4-6pm at the Latino Academy. 

October 7: Interview Preparation
November 4: Financial Management
December 2: Resume Tips and Workshop
Conexión Laboral will be providing three remaining workshops this fall aimed at assisting the community with employment readiness. These courses will take place from 5-6pm on the following dates. Regular Conexión Laboral services will continue on the dates of these events.

Check out our new Conexion Laboral Facebook group! The Latino Academy's Employment Specialists will regularly post information about open positions to this group as well information about how to apply. If you are interested in having your job opportunity posted to the page, please contact Jennifer.

Please call Jennifer at 608-709-6285 or email with questions or for more information. 
Welcome Clara!
A big welcome to Clara, the Latino Academy's new employment intern. Clara is a International Studies and Spanish major at UW-Madison and will be working with the Latino Academy's Employment Specialists. Clara will work directly with our employment programs to help ensure that our students are successful both at the Latino Academy and in their future careers.
Volunteer with the Latino Academy!
Volunteers keep the Latino Academy strong. We have a number of different volunteer opportunities for members of the community, including those who are just learning Spanish or those who are fluent in the language. We will help you find the volunteer role that is right for you.

Please call Jennifer at 608-709-6285 or email to get started today.
Change in Latino Academy Office Schedule
The Latino Academy will now be open Monday-Saturday from 9am-6pm. Walk-in appointments are accepted, but if you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our staff members, please use the following contact information to do so today.

Baltazar De Anda Santana, Director: (608) 469-5448
Jennifer Johnson, Employment and Career Pathways Specialist: (608) 709-6285
Omar Urquizo, Education and Career Pathways Specialist: (608) 709-6310
Jessy Santiago, WIOA Employment Specialist: (608) 609-1042
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