Local and state organizations trying to help retail workers find new jobs

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- As big box stores like Shopko and Toys "R" Us are closing, organizations at local job centers are trying to help displaced retail workers find new jobs.

The Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin (WDBSCW) is partnering with the WorkSmart Network to hold a series of information sessions.

These sessions are aimed at connecting workers with local resources like career planners that can help them find new jobs or transition into other industries.

"For those who maybe want to try a different industry where there’s higher growth and higher wage opportunities, we can help make that transition for them into industries like healthcare, manufacturing, biotechnology, some of the big industry giants here in the Madison region," said Jackie Hall with the Workforce Development Board.

The information sessions will also help workers learn more about unemployment benefits, health insurance and other educational opportunities.

"Often it's just not easy to navigate this yourself and we want people to know that here at their local job center, there's a whole team of staff and career planning experts that can help you," Hall said.

The workshops will be held at the Dane County Job Center, located at 1819 Aberg Ave. in Madison. For more information, click here or call (608) 242-4562.