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Cooperative initiative hits milestone in connecting job-seekers, employers in Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE — Tuesday morning, the 100th Wisconsinite to find employment through the Joseph Project began her new job. Kenyetta, 32, was a part of the first Madison Joseph Project Class in October and on Tuesday began working at a large Sheboygan County manufacturer.  Pastor Jerome Smith of the Greater Praise Church of God in Christ, who runs the job training program with the help of Sen. Johnson and his staff, celebrated the milestone Tuesday in front of one of the half dozen vans that the project uses to carry Milwaukeeans to jobs.

Kenyetta was a part of the first Joseph Project class held in Madison, pictured above.


The Joseph Project is an effort inspired by Robert L. Woodson Sr.’s book, “The Triumphs of Joseph,” about community-based initiatives. In the effort, churches host week-long class sessions to teach job-seekers the “soft skills” that help them in job interviews and in their beginning steps on the career ladder. Sen. Johnson has played a pivotal role in facilitating the churches’ effort. Classes are held in Milwaukee and Madison. More information can be found here.