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Paid Professional Development Training

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Lydia Partee (L) and Jasmine Banks (R) with our first CareerPoint cohort Torin, Trish, and Syenna

About CareerPoint

CareerPoint is a program that prepares you for success and guides you into a great career. Learn new concepts and strengthen your skills in this 6-week professional development training while earning a stipend! Once you're feeling confident and ready to implement your new skills in the workforce, you'll have the opportunity to interview with our community partners, which include American Family Insurance, UW Credit Union, Lake Ridge Bank, and more! Land the job and continue learning and earning while navigating a modern, professional work environment. But don’t worry! You'll be supported every step of the way through mentorship from your employer and your OFS CareerPoint team.

Applications for our June 2024 cohort are open until full!


Ages 18–24 in Dane County

High school diploma or GED/HSED

Program Outcomes

Essential Skills Training

Learn professional skills such as communication and workplace etiquette that will help you navigate modern careers. This training will be 6 weeks, part-time with a morning schedule, and you will earn a stipend upon completion.

Opening Doors

After completing Essential Skills training, you will have an opportunity to interview with our industry partners for full-time, entry-level professional positions .


Every step of the way, your OFS team will be with you to troubleshoot problems, provide support, and celebrate every victory. Even after program completion, your coordinator will continue providing guidance to ensure your success.

Our most recent cohort just finished. Check back later or follow us on social media to learn about our next cohort!

Meet the CareerPoint Staff


CareerPoint Coordinator

Hello! I’m Lydia Partee, the CareerPoint Coordinator at Operation Fresh Start. In my role, I’ve taken all my real-life, hands-on career experiences and synthesized them, creating a valuable skill set and making my experiences a useful tool for you while navigating today’s professional work environments.


Together we will explore professionalism, career exploration, and etiquette, and ultimately I’ll help you to access career-advancing opportunities. I am passionate about the work I do as I believe I'm being, to you, who I needed when I was your age.

CareerPoint Informational Flyer

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