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WRTP/BIG STEP has a new address! We are now located at the Madison Labor Temple.

The new address is 1602 S Park St, Madison, WI 53715

If you would like to contact us, please email Bill Clingan at or Stephanie Moreno at or at 608-255-0155.

WRTP/BIG STEP featured on WISC Channel 3! Read the article here.

WRTP/BIG STEP featured in a recent edition of the Union Labor News from the South Central Federation of Labor. Click here to read the article, which discusses the BIG STEP program’s impact on connecting individuals to careers in the construction trades.


1602 S Park Street
Madison, WI 53715

About Us

In 2014 WRTP/BIG STEP expanded its services to provide training opportunities for careers in construction and manufacturing in Madison and the greater south central Wisconsin area. Committed to helping recruit, prepare, and funnel a diverse population of workers into family-sustaining careers throughout Wisconsin, WRTP/BIG STEP leverages its strong community and industry partnerships to address some of Madison’s most serious challenges.

WRTP/BIG STEP’s primary objectives include strengthening pathways for both youth and adults to careers in construction and manufacturing, providing community outreach in the form of career exploration and assessments, and promoting a multi-generational approach to addressing poverty and inequality at the neighborhood level.

Read more about WRTP/BIG STEP’s impact in Madison in this article from the Wisconsin State Journal.

WRTP/BIG STEP 2014-15 Report

To learn all about WRTP/BIG STEP’s recent work in South Central Wisconsin, check out our special report for 2014-15. Inside you can learn about our regional partners, goals, outcomes, highlights, and prospects for the future.

2014-2015 South Central Wisconsin Report

Madison Construction Readiness Orientation

Madison Flyer

On the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month, WRTP/BIG STEP offers an introduction to careers in the skilled trades at the Madison College South Campus at 2238 S. Park Street. These orientation sessions are perfect for anyone interested in learning more about the skilled trades and career opportunities in the construction industry.

For more information, see our flyer. To register for an upcoming session, contact Bill Clingan at (608) 255-0155.

WRTP/BIG STEP Madison Steering Committee

To help recruit, develop, and retain a more diverse, qualified workforce in the Madison area, WRTP/BIG STEP has formed a steering committee made up of industry and community leaders in Dane County. The committee includes:

  • Dave Branson (Chair) – Executive Director of the Building and Construction Trades Council
  • Dr. Floyd Rose – President of SIDAT and community leader
  • Brian Hornung – Findorff
  • Joe Lotegeluaki – North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters
  • Teresa Tellez-Giron – Dane County Human Services and community leader
  • Sarah Dunn – CG Schmidt
  • Scott Bartz – SMART Local 18
  • Paul Christensen – H & H Industries
  • Spencer Statz – Plumbers Local 75
  • Brian Mitchell – Choice Construction
  • Tom Hansen – Crew/Cut Teleproductions
  • Anthony Anastasi – Iron Workers Local 383
  • Jeff Mehrhoff – Painters & Allied Trades DC 7