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.
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Workforce Development Division

UMOS' Workforce Development Programs are Equal Opportunity Programs.


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James Newson is a car enthusiast. He has been for many years. He's also skilled with the gift of salesmanship.

However, James found himself on the wrong side of the law and now needed help. He was looking for an employment opportunity that would help him meet his basic needs and offer room for growth.

James found an opportunity with the Transform Milwaukee Jobs Program through the Milwaukee Urban League, a UMOS partner agency. James embraced the opportunity, became an active participant, successfully completed the program and invested in his dream.

Today, his enthusiasm for cars and his sales skills led him to a career in car sales. James Newson is the proud owner of his own car dealership. Although his car lot is not huge, he understands "it's a start," and relishes in being an entrepreneur.


The UMOS Transform Milwaukee Jobs Program and the UMOS Transitional Jobs Program help participants progress from assistance (subsidized wages) to self-sufficiency (unsubsidized wages). The programs offer unemployed residents immediate work with pay. The programs offer job coaching, employability planning, life skills development, limited vocational training, as well as job search assistance.

Employers in the for-profit, and non-profit sectors in Milwaukee, Southeastern and Northeastern rural regions in Wisconsin gain access to employable residents through time-limited, publicly funded wages.

Since 2014 the Transform Milwaukee Jobs Program has served over 2250 individuals. Over 90% of program participants are ex-offenders and enrolled in a child support program. Eighty-five percent of the individuals enrolled were placed in subsidized employment.

The rural Northeastern Transitional Jobs program is operated, in partnership with the Menominee Tribal Enterprise in the Wisconsin Counties of Menominee, Langlade, Forest and Florence. Over 65% of participants were placed in unsubsidized employment.

UMOS recently received $1.5 million in additional funds to expand, in partnership with the Ho-Chunk Nation, into the rural South-Central Wisconsin areas of Juneau, Adams, Jackson, and Clark Counties.

The UMOS Transform Milwaukee Jobs Program and Transitional Jobs Program are funded by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families.

Click below for more program information in your particular area.

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The Transitional Jobs Program is an equal opportunity program.
Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.