Customer Successes

We are proud of the thousands of customers who have found success while engaging in our FSET program!

  Through 8/31/19, 3,528 people have gained employment in our FSET program!

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That is an amazing number, but more amazing are the people behind the numbers. Gaining employment is only part of the story of the many successes that occurred along the way.


2018 State of the State Address

Governor Scott Walker recognized two FSET participants at the 2018 State of the State address - one from the NorthCentral Region! Below is the excerpt from his speech:

Since we started requiring employment and worker training, more than 25,000 people have gained employment. People like Thomas from Stevens Point. Thomas had been working a series of seasonal jobs. With our training program, he now has a permanent job with MedXcel at St. Michael’s in Stevens Point and says it’s his dream job.

When Thomas enrolled in the FSET program, he had not held a permanent job since 2009. He had worked seasonal position since that time, but could not find a permanent position in his desired field of groundskeeping. When he enrolled, Thomas had a resume, but it was in need of updating. Thomas and the FSET staff worked diligently to update his resume and to customize it for each new job application. Thomas requested help with job leads and interview skills and engaged in career planing, employment search and job readiness activities. FSET also provided him with transportation assistance for travel to assist with his job search, job interviews and other FSET activities. Thomas and the FSET office did a thorough analysis of his interview skills and discussed how to maintain a positive approach about his experience, knowledge and skills during interviews. FSET staff also provided solid job leads in his field of interest.


Although Thomas was able to continue seasonal employment after enrollment in FSET, he achieved his goal of securing permanent, year-round work as a groundskeeper in 2017. He position is full-time with benefits (health insurance, paid leave and retirement). Since being hired, FSET provided Thomas with job retention services to help his transition to permanent employment. 


Video Stories

Video Stories

Check out the Video Stories of Leon, Samantha and Leon.


Governor State of the State Addresses

2018 State of the State Address

Governor Scott Walker recognized two FSET participants at the 2018 State of the State address - one from the NorthCentral Region! Below is the excerpt from his speech:


Since we started requiring employment and worker training, more than 25,000 people have gained employment. People like Thomas from Stevens Point. Thomas had been working a series of seasonal jobs. With our training program, he now has a permanent job with MedXcel at St. Michael’s in Stevens Point and says it’s his dream job.


2017 State of the State Address

Governor Scott Walker recognized two FSET participants at the 2017 State of the State address - both from the NorthCentral Region!  Check out the video clip here!  Below is an excerpt from his speech:


In addition to student success and accountable government, people told us over and over again that we need to be rewarding work. Today, I am proud to report that more than 21,000 people have gone through our Food Share Employment Training program and are working in Wisconsin.


They are people like Sandy in northern Wisconsin. She was struggling as a single mother of four when she signed up for the program. Within weeks, Sandy had multiple job offers and is now employed full-time. Sandy's story is a model of success, and now she gives back, as a speaker and mentor in the Eagle River community.

And people like Leon, who now works in Wisconsin Rapids. Our program staff helped him get the skills he needed to be employed and now he has a dream of starting his own cleaning business.


2016 State of the State Address

In 2016, two other NorthCentral's customers, Jessica and Thomas were recognized by Gov. Walker at the 2016 State of the State address.  Watch that video here


Address: Wood County Human Services - River Block

111 W. Jackson St., 2nd Floor, Wisconsin Rapids WI 54495  

Phone: +1 (715) 421-8608 8

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