UMOS - Building Better Futures
UMOS, a non-profit advocacy organization, provides programs and services which improve the employment, educational, health and housing opportunities of under-served populations.

Workforce Development

UMOS' Workforce Development Programs are Equal Opportunity Programs.


Caitlin is a single mother of a disabled child. Caitlin was struggling financially but never lost her determination to succeed. She was determined to overcome substance abuse and she was determined to earn her GED. She was also determined to become self-sufficient by securing a good-paying job.

Caitlin met with her UMOS W-2 Financial and Employment Planner. She acknowledged her situation, understood what she needed to do, and in the process became her own best advocate. In June, 2014 Caitlin obtained her GED, and obtained full time employment with Express Employment Professionals, earning $12 an hour.

Caitlin is shown here discussing client information with Aida Ornelas, Senior Staff Consultant, Express Employment Professionals.


UMOS and its partners offer low/no income job seekers and their families a wide range of workforce development programs and services in order to help them move toward economic self-sufficiency.

Workforce Development Philosophy

UMOS remains committed to developing and advancing Wisconsin's workforce to meet employer expectations.

UMOS believes a comprehensive approach to workforce development means substantial employer engagement, deep community connections, career advancement, human services support, industry-driven education and training, and the connection to employment networks.

Workforce Development can be a complicated policy issue; it straddles economic development, education, and safety net issues:

  • We embrace the fact that there's no one-size-fits-all strategy or solution.
  • We recognize that job-seekers and employers have unique challenges and situations, and our services are tailored to meet their needs.
  • We acknowledge that we're in a time of increasing demand for qualified workers.
  • We're committed to working with job seekers to provide education and skills that are necessary to compete in the workplace.

UMOS' Workforce Development Division provides a number of programs that operate in Wisconsin and Missouri.