Program Description
Northwest Wisconsin CEP’s L.E.A.P. was specifically developed for 16-24 year old young adults who want assistance getting occupational training and a good paying job, but may have barriers to either. L.E.A.P. participants must live in one of the ten northernmost counties in Wisconsin- Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, or Washburn.

L.E.A.P. has two tracks, one for young adults who lack a high school credential- the HSED/Work Experience Pathway, and another for young adults who have earned a high school credential- the Vocational Training Pathway. Each track helps the participant achieve either a credential or certificate and assists the participant in getting employment in a high demand industry.

The Vocational Training Pathway is a comprehensive pathway offering the opportunity to explore and identify in-demand careers and the educational and training opportunities available. Young adults in this pathway will receive monetary support for a certificate program followed by a subsidized on-the-job training (OJT) experience, ultimately resulting in a permanent placement in a high demand career. Emphasis will be placed on encouraging the participant to pursue certificates qualifying them to work in advanced manufacturing, health care, logistics/transportation, agriculture, and other identified high wage/high growth industry sectors. CEP Employment Resource Consultants will utilize relationships with local employers to act as liaisons between relevant employers and tech program participants to secure OJT opportunities for youth. Youth in this pathway will be connected with a regional technical education program, have access to ABE (Adult Basic Education) courses, if necessary, and simultaneously be supported by a Technical College counselor and CEP staff member as they progress through their certificate program.

The HSED/Work Experience Pathway is designed to support students either lacking a high school diploma or desiring immediate entrance into the workforce. In this pathway, youth will benefit from a limited term work experience to gain valuable employability skills and then transition to an OJT with the intent of permanent placement. Youth without their high school credential and/or clients lacking basic skills, will be directed to regional HSED and ABE programs.

All L.E.A.P. participants will be assigned a CEP Case Manager (Workforce Systems Specialist) as well as a mentor (as needed or requested) to support them throughout their program participation and hold them accountable for their participation in each LE.A.P. requirement.

Program Sites

L.E.A.P. activities will take place at different locations. Your Case Manager will meet with you at the Job Center of your choice- usually the one closest to your home. Your Case Manager will help guide you throughout the program and provide you with a schedule of workshops that will be held at the Job Center. When you enroll in Adult Basic Education or a Technical Certificate Course, you will spend time on a Technical College campus. Another important component of L.E.A.P. is assisting you in getting a job, so you will also be working on-site at a business. Please be prepared to travel to these different program sites, whether by personal car or public transportation.


L.E.A.P. participants are expected to:

  • Commit to the program, which may take up to one year to complete.
  • Fully participate in workshops, meetings with your Case Manager, etc…
  • Work hard- to get your degree, to complete your certificate course, and/or to get a great job.
  • Arrive on time for classes, meetings, etc.
  • Treat all participants and instructors professionally and with respect.
  • Communicate with your worksite supervisor(s) regarding the following: attendance, challenges, improvements, worksite questions/concerns, etc.

We will hold you accountable for:

  • Your behavior/your actions.
  • Following through on what you say you are going to do.
  • Letting us know if you are falling behind at school or work.
  • Participation: workshops, academic training, and on the worksite.


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L.E.A.P. Handbook AUGUST 5 2015


Attention: Workshops are an important part of the L.E.A.P. program. Click here to learn more!