Workforce Central

Putting the Force Back into Workforce

The future doesn’t come with instructions—but a vibrant future is something we’re working towards. This program focuses on a strategy of training workers for jobs that need filling.

About Workforce Central

Workforce Central is a program of Incourage Community Foundation comprised of three leadership groups: Funders Collaborative, Service Provider Network, and Manufacturing Partnership Peer Council. We bring together philanthropy, employers, government, and educational and service providers as we work to achieve our ultimate outcome:

Everyone in south Wood County who wants to work has ample opportunities to prepare for and secure a family-sustaining job and advance in a career over time. Current and prospective workers conveniently access a comprehensive, seamless array of education, training, and support services, provided by a strong partnership of employers, educators, and service providers that takes shared responsibility for a healthy workforce, economy, and job market. Adopted February 2010

Workforce Central has become a model for communities across the country and for the National Fund for Workforce Solutions (NFWS). In 2010, Workforce Central became the first rural Social Innovation Fund sub-grantee through the National Fund and the Corporation for National and Community Service. In 2011, the collaboration won the NFWS Chairman’s Award, and in 2012, the Vice Chairman’s Award.

Workforce Central Strategies

Workforce Central Funders

  • Incourage Community Foundation
  • Corenso North America
  • ERCO Worldwide
  • Mariani Packing Co., Inc. (formerly Urban Processing LLC)
  • North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board
  • Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc.
  • Ocean Spray Cranberries, Wisconsin Rapids Plant
  • R. C. Charitable Foundation
  • Riverview Health Care Foundation
  • Solarus
  • WoodTrust/Bell Family Charitable Foundation
  • Gerard & Doris Veneman Family Fund
  • Daniel and Cheryl Urban Family
  • NewPage Corporation
  • Alexander Charitable Foundation
  • Paper City Savings Charitable Foundation
  • 10 Incourage Community Foundation donor advised fund holders

Initial investments have focused on industry engagement, capacity building and training in the manufacturing, healthcare, Information Technology industry sectors as well as training in basic education, digital literacy, and job search skills required by today’s employers.

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How to participate

Donate/match funds:
Email kryan@incouragecf.org

Or Get Involved:
Service Providers email rmerdan@incouragecf.org
Businesses email rmerdan@incouragecf.org
Workers email rmerdan@incouragecf.org

  • Evaluation January 2012

    Now in its fourth year, read how Workforce Central efforts have shaped workforce systems and what remains to be accomplished in the south Wood County area. Download PDF »

  • Competitiveness Guide

    Companies approach workforce training investments in many ways. Learn what works for five area manufacturers who have partnered with Workforce Central. Download PDF »

  • For more information

    Rick Merdan
    rmerdan@incouragecf.org

    OR CALL
    715.423.3863