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Wisconsin Works (W-2)

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Program Description:

Wisconsin Works (W-2) program seeks to provide the necessary training, supportive services and financial incentives for low-income parents to obtain permanent and stable employment with access to further training that will lead to career advancement. Wisconsin's residents are its most valuable resource. Some residents are unemployed due to poor education, poor job skills and other barriers to employment. These problems not only limit individual achievement, but they hold back the state's economic growth.

The goal of W-2 is to provide necessary and appropriate services to prepare individuals to work and to obtain and maintain viable, self-sustaining employment, which will promote economic growth. W-2 is one of several work-based programs designed to ensure that everyone in Wisconsin shares in our economic opportunities. W-2 accomplishes this goal by providing needed services in a comprehensive fashion, including such services as job readiness motivation, job retention and advancement skill training as well as childcare. W-2 employment and training services are available to any eligible Wisconsin residents.


General Program Requirements:

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of Wisconsin, either pregnant or responsible for a child under 19 years of age, a U.S. national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident, have low or very low income, and be either under-employed (working for very low wages), unemployed or about to become unemployed.





Loan Terms:

Not Applicable


Application Process:

Online applications are available for this program on the following website:


Program Contact Information:

To read more about the Wisconsin Works (W-2) program, please visit:

To ask the Department of Workforce Development-Workforce Solutions (DWD-DWS) division about the W-2 program please call:

Or send and e-mail to DWD-DWS at:


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