About Us 

The Wisconsin Employment and Training Association (WETA) was formed with the purpose of  providing professional development and networking opportunities for Employment & Training professionals in Wisconsin.

WETA fulfills this purpose through hosting an Annual Conference, periodic training sessions and through opportunities to serve on WETA committees.

WETA is operated through a Board of Directors. The Board is composed of professionals from a wide-range of areas within the Employment &Training field and includes managers, line staff and retired professionals.  Learn about our current board members HERE.

WETA operates a number of committees that all members can join.  These include the Conference Planning Committee, Training Committee, Website Committee, and Awards Committee.   Learn more about our committees HERE.

 


WETA History 

On June 18, 1981, the first organized meeting of the Wisconsin Employment & Training Association (WETA) was held.  It was born out of the former small Skill Center Director’s Association that had met since the 1960’s in Wisconsin. The primary purpose of WETA was to promote cooperation and communication among association members.

The founding members determined the best way to meet its purpose of professional development and networking was to host an Annual Conference.  The first conference was held in 1984, with one being held every year since. 

In 1988, WETA began recognizing members who had 15 years or more service in the Employment & Training field.  Today, WETA recognizes members who have been in the field for various lengths of time.   In addition WETA has issued the President and the Art Besse Awards in recognition of outstanding contributions to WETA and the Employment & Training Field.  In that same vein, WETA provides two scholarships, the Harmon Memorial Scholarship and Brasch Memorial Scholarship for two college students each year.  

WETA formally became a non-profit organization in 1989.  It remains a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. 

In 2005, WETA joined with the Older Worker Network (OWN) and the Wisconsin chapter of the International Association of Workforce Professionals (IAWP) for a combined annual conference.  WETA and OWN have continued the joint sponsorship of the conference to this day. 

WETA expanded its professional development activities by hosting “mini-conferences” or one-day training sessions during the year.  A variety of industry experts (both members and non-WETA members) have been brought in to present these training sessions.  In addition to fulfilling the WETA mission, the training sessions have been a key funding source to maintain the organization’s fiscal health. 

In 2010, WETA expanded its training portfolio to include Labor Law Clinics.  IAWP had been the host agency and transferred that function to WETA.  WETA is responsible for coordinating and hosting four clinics each year.

A constant part of WETA has been the Employment & Training Association (ETA).  ETA has provided numerous officers on the Executive Committee as well as hosting office space and contributing thousands of staff hours to WETA functions and business.

WETA has remained strong with steady membership and sound fiscal management.   Its board and membership is prepared to face the many challenges and opportunities facing the Employment & Training field for decades to come.

Mission Statement

Our purpose is to promote quality employment and training services and support the professionals who implement and administer those services for job seekers, workers and the employer community.

 

Vision

We serve as the representative voice to:

  • Strive to actively assist workforce professionals who provide employment services.
  • Be the primary resource to promote employment and training opportunities for personal and professional growth and development.

 

 

  •  Facilitate the development of quality employment and training services that are accessible to professionals, job seekers, incumbent workers and employers.
  • Be the advocate for training and development opportunities for workforce professionals to improve services for a diverse population. 
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