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Wisconsin Senior Employment (WISE)

The Wisconsin Senior Employment Program (Senior Community Services Employment Program) is an employment training program for low-income, unemployed individuals aged 55 years and older.

The program provides subsidized, part-time work experience for a limited time through community service to obtain the skills necessary for permanent employment. Participants in the program learn new skills and talents, or enhance existing ones, through valuable work experience and other training to become competitive in today's workforce.

The Senior Employment Program is funded under Title V of the Older Americans Act. It is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. 

What do most individuals want? To:

  • Receive an income.

  • Obtain benefits.

  • Develop new skills.

  • Feel useful and needed.

  • Make new friends and stay in touch with the world.

  • Provide structure to one's life.

  • Have a sense of achievement and accomplishment.

  • Know that you are a valuable asset to the community and yourself.


Older workers are good for business

The assets of older workers are increasingly being recognized by employers. Those assets include a strong work ethic, high productivity, extensive life and work experience, low absenteeism and turnover rates. Many Wisconsin employers are hiring older workers as part of their recruitment efforts to utilize the skills, experience and talents they possess.


Who is eligible?

Individuals applying for the Wisconsin Senior Employment Program (WISE) must meet specific requirements in order to be eligible:

  • A legal resident of Wisconsin.

  • 55 years of age and older.

  • Unemployed.

  • A limited income at no more than 125% of the federal poverty level.


For more information about this program, please contact Sonya Lindquist (608) 228-8093

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