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Thank you for reading the Latino Academy's newsletter. In this newsletter, you will learn about the events and the opportunities of the Latino Academy. The Latino Academy of Workforce Development is a culturally competent, bilingual adult education and employment program. The Latino Academy’s unique ‘education through community’ approach works closely with students, responds to the community’s educational needs quickly, and creates pathways to improved education and employment for the Latino community.

The Latino Academy's approach has demonstrated tremendous results within the initiative’s first four years, growing from a small offering of language and job skills classes initially, to a community of over 800 learners participating in, job skills training, GED and pre-GED classes, ESL language courses, computer classes, and employment development. As an emergent leader in bilingual training and education, the Latino Academy is a vital resource both for its students and the broader Madison community’s effort to create economic opportunity for all of its members.

Thank you for your support of the Latino Academy and for all of your help serving the community. 

Baltazar De Anda Santana
Director - Latino Academy of Workforce Development
The Latino Academy of Workforce Development is happy to introduce three new staff members who will dedicate their time to working with members of the community.
From left to right, Jennifer Johnson, Employment and Career Pathways Specialist, Jessy Santiago, WIA Employment Specialist, and Omar Urquizo, Education and Career Pathways Specialist.

Meet the new Latino Academy Staff!

Jennifer Johnson

Jennifer Johnson is the new Employment and Career Pathways Specialist at the Latino Academy. Prior to the Latino Academy, Jennifer worked at Madison Public Library. Jennifer graduated from Madison College in 2013 with an AA before transferring to UW-Madison, where she completed her BA in Political Science this May. Jennifer is happy to be a part of the Latino Academy, where she can use her skills to benefit both the Latino community and the Madison community at large.
Email: Phone: 608-709-6285

Jessy Santiago
Jessy Santiago is the new WIA Employment Specialist at the Latino Academy of Workforce Development. Jessy's family is from Oaxaca, Mexico she has lived in Madison her entire life. Jessy Graduated from Madison College with a degree in Human Services in May 2014 and is currently in school for her degree in social work. Jessy began to be involved with the Latino community during high school and stayed involved through college and Jessy is grateful to have the opportunity to work with the community that she grew up with and helped her persevere.
Email: Phone: 608-609-1042

Omar Urquizo Saucedo
Omar Urquizo Saucedo is the new Education and Career Pathways Specialist for the Latino Academy. Omar has a degree in Psychology and 9 years of experience working in training and education with adults in schools, companies, and non-profit organizations. Omar is a believer of the importance of human development and is very exited to be part of the Latino Academy and contribute to his community.
Email: Phone: 608-709-6318

Thank you to all who attended the Latino Academy's career fair on May 30, 2015! Members of the community were able to explore various employment opportunities. They also celebrated a day dedicated to the family with good food and family fun.
In April, 25 students from the Latino Academy's Bilingual Construction Program completed the 16 week, 120 hour program. These students received comprehensive construction education and certification in OSHA 10, Fall Protection, CPR and Forklift. Gratulations to all!

Latino Academy Programs

Employment and Training

The Latino Academy has a new Bilingual Construction Program starting on June 15, 2015. The program is open to 15 participants who have an interest in the construction industry. The program will run for three weeks from 9am-2pm, and in the third week, participants will be compensated for on the job training with Steven's Construction. If you are interested, please contact Jennifer at the Latino Academy, 608-709-6285 or email

Through its Bridge to Vocational Education project, the Latino Academy is seeking to increase the number of Latino adults in Dane County enrolling in, and earning certificates and degrees from Madison College. Madison College is seeking to partner in implementing this project due to the success of previous partnerships with Latino Academy, including ongoing GED programming, and because Madison College sees this as a tremendous opportunity to increase the number of Latino students accessing bridge programming and post-secondary education. Latino Academy and Madison College see this project is an important step in strengthening the emerging pathway from Latino Academy’s community-based education and employment programming to advanced vocational education at Madison College.

The "Puentes" program will begin August 30, for students who want to prepare for a technical college career. For more information about either program, please contact Omar at 608-709-6318 or email

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 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!

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