By Cynthia Germain
The Door County Job Center helps more than the unemployed, providing services to launch a new career at any age. We Are HOPE, Inc. in Sturgeon Bay is in its 40th year of its mission of Helping Others Prosper and Excel. The organization is home to the Door County American Job Center that assists with online unemployment application, job search, career exploration and skill building. Within its walls, a number of collaborative partners come together to provide individualized services for those who have barriers to employment and help individuals to be successful in the workforce. These partners include the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation who works with individuals with disabilities, Forward Service Corporation which oversees the FoodShare Employment and Training Program and Wisconsin Works Program, and the Great Lakes Training and Development Corporation which operates the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The FoodShare Employment Training Program assists FoodShare members to build their job skills and the Wisconsin Works program offers opportunities to people who are parents with barriers such as the lack of high school diploma or strong work history to build basic life-work skills. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act helps fund education for people who want to continue schooling for an in-demand occupation, guiding them through the process of identifying best career and assist with the obtaining WIOA funding as well as financial aid and scholarship applications. Kim Carley, Employment Services Director at the We Are HOPE Center, says that they help both the employed and unemployed, young and old, to be successful in the workplace.
Carley notes that they offer regular skill-building workshops as well as computer skills training which are open to the public along with their computer lab to assist individuals with employment-related activities. We are HOPE is a non-profit and the job center is funded by the Bay Area Workforce Development Corporation as well as public and private sources