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Employment and Training
This week, eleven students from the Bilingual Construction Program at the Latino Academy of Workforce Development are experiencing hands-on job training with Steven's Construction Corp. The eleven students are part of a three-week, 75 hour training program that began June 15, and ends July 3.

Throughout this program, students have completed training that will ensure their success in a construction related career. During the first two weeks, students spent 50 classroom hours practicing skills such as introduction to welding, blueprint reading, and job site mathematics. The students also completed tape-measure and OSHA 10 certifications.

The third and final week of training takes place on the job with Steven's Construction Corp., with students putting the skills they picked up in the classroom to work. Students have practiced pouring concrete, basic carpentry, and operating forklifts and bobcats. The students will spend the remainder of the week becoming more familiar with both Steven's Construction Corp. and the construction industry.

If you are interested in participating in this program in the future, or partnering with the Latino Academy to continue to help grow the success of this program, please contact Jennifer at 608-709-6285.

Bilingual Construction Program students practice hands-on application of the skills they have learned throughout the program during their week of on-the-job training at Stevens Construction Corp.
Bilingual Construction Program students hide from the rain after a sudden downpour while laying concrete. A true introduction to life in the construction industry.
Students stretch before beginning the day at Stevens Construction Corp. Stretching is an important part of the day for a construction worker, as it helps to warm up the muscles, and can prevent workplace injury. In a physically demanding field such as construction, preventative measures such as stretching are an important part of personal safety at the workplace.

The Latino Academy's ESL summer classes began with levels 1 and 3 on June 20, 2015. ESL level 1 consists of an entirely new class of students, and level 3 consists of students who are building upon their previous ESL education. The classes give the students an introduction to English and improves their communication skills. Participation in this program allows students to become more involved in their community and achieve new goals.

Summer GED classes began on June 2, 2015 with 22 students enrolled in the reading and writing course and 8 students enrolled in the pre-GED course. In the reading and writing course, students will practice writing skills and literacy styles that will help them succeed when they begin to take their GED tests. Pre-GED students will review basic literacy concepts as well as intermediate math and geometry, again preparing the students for success after completion of the program.

For more information about the Latino Academy's education programs, please contact Omar at 608-709-6318 or email

Students in the pre-GED program take a literacy test focused on reading and writing in order to determine their personal skill levels.

The photograph includes the instructor, Enoch Melgarejo, who works at Madison College in addition to teaching at the Latino Academy.

WIA WorkSmart Network at the Latino Academy
The WorkSmart Network supports individuals’ career pathways, providing employment  assistance, training, career counseling, and connecting workers with employers. The inclusion of community partners brings services associated with the county’s Job Centers into the community, enabling the network to reach those who may be underserved and without services.

If you are interested in the WIA Employment Program, please contact Jessy at 608-609-1042 or email

The Latino Academy understands the importance of work safety and the Latino worker. Since its creation, the Latino Academy has provided safety courses to the community. In May, three of Latino Academy's instructors participated at a Fall Protection train the trainer program in Red Wing Minnesota.

Upcoming at the Latino Academy

Enroll in Puentes!
The "Puentes" program will begin July 13, for students who want to prepare for a technical college career. For more information about this program including how to enroll, please contact Omar at 608-709-6318 or email

Attend Conexión Laboral
Are you seeking employment? Latino Academy staff members can help you create and develop your resume, practice for job interviews, and fill out job applications. Conexión Laboral occurs every Wednesday and Friday from 4-6pm. No appointment is necessary.

Enroll in Sumer 2015 Courses Today!
The Latino Academy is currently enrolling students in a variety of exciting summer learning opportunities. Class options include basic computer skills, fun technology classes, and various safety courses including Forklift, Serv Safe, and Fall Prevention.
Call the Latino Academy today at 608-310-4573 for more information!

Missed the first day of class? Don't worry! We will save your information and contact you before the start of fall courses. Call today!

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