Transitional Jobs


The Transitional Jobs Demonstration Project ended June 30, 2013. The Transitional Jobs Demonstration Project was created in the Department of Children and Families (DCF) by the 2009-11 Biennial Budget Act (2009 Wisconsin Act 28) to help thousands of people across the state gain skills and re-enter the workforce. This $34 million project was funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

By providing job training and job experience, transitional jobs create more financial security for families and improves our state’s economy. Through the Transitional Jobs Demonstration Project, we created new opportunities for people across Wisconsin to build a career, provide more financial security for families, and create a brighter future for them and their children. If you have questions regarding the program, call Rebecca Brueggeman at 608-267-9886.

Partnering Organizations

DCF is partnering with 17 organizations across the state for this project.

Eligible Participants

The Transitional Jobs program was established to provide low income adults who are not receiving W-2 and not eligible for Unemployment Insurance Benefits with an immediate income, an opportunity to develop the skills and experience their local labor market demands, and a positive work history. It provided those without other options with longer-term career preparation and support to move to unsubsidized employment.

Additionally the program provided businesses with needed workers at no risk or expense to the business. Transitional workers add the most value to businesses that want to either stay open or expand, but cannot immediately hire and pay new employees due to reduced revenue or reduced access to short-term credit lines. By completing projects and sustaining operations when cash is tight, transitional workers help position businesses to hire more permanent employees.

Policies and Communications

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