Dislocated Worker

Help for Dislocated Workers

A Dislocated Worker is considered to be anyone who has been laid off (or notified of a pending layoff) through no fault of their own; oftentimes resulting from a job being eliminated, a department or company downsizing, a loss of business, or a company going out of business or relocating to another part of the country.

If you are a Dislocated Worker there may be retraining support available to you. Contact your local job center to inquire about the dislocated worker program (Waukesha/Pewaukee residents contact the Workforce Development Center). You are also encouraged to contact WCTC's Career Development Services to explore career options. Career Development Services offers a variety of services, including the "Kick Start Your Career" workshop and one-on-one meetings with a Career Specialist. WCTC has a variety of short-term, accelerated, and traditional programs available to update your skill sets. We are glad that we can support you in your career development process.

WIOA/FSET/TAA Participants

WCTC students are encouraged to meet with an Academic Advisor to help with academic planning and to complete required paperwork for their respective workforce development program (WIOA/FSET/TAA). Please visit the Academic Advising page for program advisors contact information.

Workforce Vendors

Please contact the Billing Office, 262.691.5283, with any questions about individualized training vouchers and/or billing. Students must have a Release of Information on file with WCTC to release student information to any third party vendors. Completed forms can be emailed to Registration or faxed to 262.691.5123

Resources for Dislocated Workers

Non-Traditional Occupations

If you're considering an occupation considered non-traditional for your gender, WCTC has resources and services that may interest you. A non-traditional occupation is any job in which women or men make up less than 25% of the workforce.

NTO Benefits

Satisfaction, not Statistics

Choosing a career based on your interests and abilities is the best route to being satisfied in your work life. Recognizing this, more people are breaking free of stereotypes. Consider this:

  • According to U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, women made up 15.7 percent of U.S. architects in 1999. By 2008, women comprised 24.8 percent of the field.
  • Among firefighters, the percentage of women rose from 1.9 percent in 1999 to 4.8 percent in 2008.

Happiness - and Pay, too

Non-traditional occupations also often provide higher wages. Women in non-traditional occupations, on average, earn 20 to 30 percent more than women in traditional careers.

Land of Opportunity

Many non-traditional occupations are expected to be in demand in coming years. For example, the federal government projects that by 2018 employment will have increased above 2008 levels by:

  • 22 percent for registered nurses.
  • 36 percent for dental hygienists.
  • 13 percent for carpenters.

So Why NTO?

  • Increased job satisfaction
  • Higher wages
  • More job opportunities
  • Financial security
  • Good benefits
  • Opportunities for advancement

Is NTO Right for You?

Having the opportunity to use your strengths and skills in a job you enjoy is one of the most important factors in job satisfaction - and sometimes that means working in a career populated mostly by the opposite sex. If you aren't sure where your strengths and interests lie, or if NTO is right for you, WCTC can help you figure it out.

Career Connections

  • Use our resources to match your interests, skills, personality and values to occupations that will make maximum use of them.
  • Learning about yourself is the first step in finding a good career fit. Assessments are tools to help you explore your skills, interests, values, or other traits. These traits are then matched to a broad list of careers. You can take assessments and call the Career Center to discuss how your results relate to NTO occupations.
  • Check out employment outlook, salary, working conditions and training options related to careers you are interested in.

Open Houses

NTO sessions are offered on Open House Nights. You'll have the opportunity to visit with faculty, staff, counselors and students in NTO programs.

Career Workshops

High school students can attend a Parents as Partners workshop with their parents to begin developing a post-high school plan.

The Truth about NTO Studies

People considering an NTO program may have some worries about being one of a handful of people - or perhaps the only person - of their gender in a class. NTO students have found these fears can be overcome, and that the joys of pursuing your interests far outweigh the challenges. Consider these common concerns:


Most students find that gender doesn't get in the way of forming friendships in the classroom. Joining a study group is one option for getting to know your fellow students.

Lack of Qualifications

Gender stereotypes begin at an early age. Unfortunately, that may mean that women are less likely to have worked with power tools than their male counterparts, and that men may be less likely to have much experience with child care. WCTC's instructors understand that students come to the first day of class with different skill sets. Students will receive instruction and opportunities to practice needed skills in a supportive and resource-rich environment.

Lack of Strength

Some careers require more physical strength than others, and some jobs have traditionally been seen as "male" in nature for that reason. But in truth, women can and do perform these jobs successfully every day. Some traditionally woman-dominated jobs, like nursing, also can require physical strength.

Taking Control of Your Challenges

WCTC offers a number of services that can help students build skills and gain confidence in the areas they see as weaknesses. These services include:

  • The WCTC Fitness Center - Offering weight and cardio equipment and trainers, this gym is a great place for students to build strength and stamina.
  • The Learning Place - Instructors and peer tutors are available to help students in the areas of math, writing, reading, study skills, health and science.
  • Speech Lab - Students can receive help preparing presentations.
  • The Library - Quality information resources are offered in traditional and emerging technology formats.
  • Omni Tech Technology Center - Students can make use of a full-service computer lab.
  • STEM Tutoring - Course-specific tutoring is offered to women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs.

Tips for Succeeding as a Non-traditional Student

Follow your passion and use your skills: If you enjoy the work you're doing, you'll be more motivated to put in the effort needed to excel. The Workforce Development Center can help you determine which career is right for you.

Stop and say, 'Hi': Establish a good relationship with your instructor right from the start. Stick around after the first class to personally introduce yourself. Discuss any concerns or goals you have so your instructor can help you maximize your potential and overcome challenges.

Ask questions: The most successful students are active participants in the classroom, so don't be shy. If a concept doesn't make sense, ask your instructor to explain it again or in a different way. Make use of your instructor's experience by stopping by during office hours.

Get your money's worth: Every minute you spend with your instructor is a chance to learn something that will help you in the future. Get to class a few minutes early and settle in so you're ready to go when instruction starts.

Read it all: Your instructor will give you information on the first day of class that outlines expectations for your performance - possibly detailing everything from how many classes you can miss in a semester to project deadlines. Read it thoroughly so you don't get caught unaware.

Have a plan: Missing classes can set you behind. Develop a plan for dealing with situations that might get in the way of your studies, including a last-minute loss of child care and automotive trouble. The college may have a service - like Tiny Tech Child Care - that could help you. Learn more on the Student Services page.

Turn to family and friends: Let them know that succeeding in school is important to you, and ask for their help if you need it. Your family and friends may be able to help you create quiet time at home for studying, for instance.

Make use of WCTC's resources: The Learning Place is a great place for students to get help with reading, math and other curricular areas. The Omni Lab gives students free computer access. The STEM program offers personalized tutoring time with experienced instructors. Learn more on the Student Services Page.

Form a study group: Your instructor isn't the only person you can learn from. Get together with classmates to review class material or work on projects. Everyone will benefit from the sharing of knowledge and experience, and you might just have a little fun in the process.

Be confident: If being the minority gender in a classroom is intimidating to you, keep in mind that most people respect hard work, intelligence and self-confidence. If you present yourself as a person worthy of respect, most often, that's how you'll be treated.

Be your own advocate: WCTC wants all students to have a positive learning environment. If you do encounter prejudice, discrimination or harassment - because of your gender or for any other reason - the college will support you in addressing it. Read the college's policy on harassment on the Student Services Page.

Retention Services

WCTC is committed to the successful graduation of all students. In addition to the services that Academic Advisors provide, WCTC offers specialized retention services for students, both male and female, in programs in which they are underrepresented in terms of gender; for example, males in healthcare or females in the skilled trades. The services include admissions assistance and guidance through college processes including Financial Aid, individual educational planning, follow-up on academic progress throughout the year, personal guidance, linking students to appropriate services, networking opportunities, and direct payments for transportation if a student qualifies.

Contact Beth Felch at 262.691.5023 for more information.

NTO for Women

School of Applied Technologies

School of Business

School of Protective & Human Services

NTO for Men

School of Business

School of Health

School of Protective & Human Services

Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)

WCTC offers a variety of STEM academic programs and a special tutoring program just for STEM students. Through this program, STEM students can get extra help outside the classroom from instructors who are specialists in the field. It's a great way to get help understanding a tough concept, complete coursework and gain more experience using industry-specific software and equipment.

To take advantage of STEM academic support, contact Beth Felch, Advisor at 262.691.5203.

Some students studying in a STEM field may wish to go on to obtain a bachelor's degree after graduation. WCTC has partnerships with local universities that can allow you to apply all of your associate degree credits toward a four-year degree. Learn more about transfer opportunities.

Open Houses

NTO sessions are offered on Open House Nights. You'll have the opportunity to visit with faculty, staff, counselors and students in NTO programs.

WITTE & MESH Student Organizations

Students are invited to join Women in Trades, Technology and Engineering (WITTE) and Men in Education, Service and Health (MESH). Meetings are held in the Multicultural Resource Center on the first Wednesday of every month. Contact Beth Felch at 262.691.5023 to get involved.

Ex-offender Information

This page has been designed for individuals who possess a criminal record, or have a history of criminal behavior that may affect their chances of finding employment.