Wisconsin Older Worker Network
Established in 1996, Wisconsin’s Older Worker Network (OWN), is a consortium of SCSEP providers and state agencies and others who have an interest in and concern for issues facing older workers today.
Wisconsin’s OWN recognizes the mature worker through the Older Worker of the Year Award for older workers seeking to improve their employment opportunities through continued skill development and the Host Agency Award which recognizes non-profit organizations who have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of employment opportunities to older workers.
OWN also awards an annual Fred Lengfeld Older Worker Scholarship to provide financial assistance to older individuals, over age 55, who are pursuing a career through education. To qualify, the applicant must be 55 years of age and older, plan to attend or are currently attending an institution of higher education or an accredited training program, must have completed high school or an equivalent diploma.
On Thursday, October 20, 2016, OWN honored Older Workers, Host Agencies and the Fred Lengfeld Scholarship Awardees at a special luncheon held at the Wisconsin Employment and Training Conference at the Blue Harbor, Sheboygan.
Wayne is currently a participant with the WISE Program through Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources, Inc. in Green Bay. Wayne’s worksite is at Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin in Donor Relations and with the Engagement Team that is currently working with 26 retail stores to develop a 12-month retail marketing strategy. His goal is to finish his Masters in Public Administration through UW-Oshkosh and do an internship in the Spring of 2017 with Goodwill to further develop his skills.