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United States Army
ACS Employment Readiness
2111 South 8th Avenue
Army Community Service
Fort McCoy, WI 54656-5136
It’s likely that employment will change when a move occurs, especially for military spouses. The information below will provide you with employment assistance information and resources available such as SECO, MyCAA and MSEP Portals.
Fort McCoy is located between two small rural communities, Tomah (pop 9,300) and Sparta (pop 9,600) with commute times of approximately 15 minutes each. La Crosse is the largest city (pop 51,500) within commuting distance of Fort McCoy. La Crosse is approximately 35 miles from Fort McCoy with access to the freeway at Sparta and Tomah.
Typical entry-level positions in the area start at wages between $7.50 and $9.00 per hour. Generally, employment opportunities in management are limited because these positions report lower rates of employee turnover. Employment in health services, general clerical, and general labor positions are more abundant. Manufacturing is still a source of work for Coulee Region residents, but the national economic slowdown had an adverse effect on area manufacturing jobs. Recently, the local manufacturing sector is showing some signs of rebounding. The service industry will continue to be the single largest source of employment for area residents. Within the broad service industry classification, health services are the largest subsector; this subsector will continue to grow, albeit at a reduced rate, due to national economic conditions and shifts in the provision of such services.
Fort McCoy has been Monroe County's largest employer with positions listed on the Army Civilian Service website at https://armycivilianservice.usajobs.gov/. Additionally, there are other opportunities available with various contractors on the installation which can be found on the Fort McCoy public Website at http://www.mccoy.army.mil/. Depending upon which community you choose to locate to (Tomah - zip code 54660, Sparta - zip code 54656, or La Crosse - zip code 54601), there are private sector employment opportunities that you may research and apply for by going to the Job Center of Wisconsin website at https://jobcenterofwisconsin.com/. The City of La Crosse is surrounded by the communities of Onalaska, West Salem, and Holmen. The La Crosse area provides the largest and most diverse employment opportunities, but the commute time from the communities to Fort McCoy can range from 35 to 60 minutes depending upon which community you relocate to. Lastly, you may conduct your job search through one of the national job search engines such as Yahoo, Monster, and Military Spouse Employment Partnership at https://msepjobs.militaryonesource.mil/msep/home to name a few.
Employment Services contacts:
Spouse Employment Readiness Program
Military Spouses should contact the Spouse Employment Readiness Program manager as soon as they arrive at the installation. The Spouse Employment program provides the following assistance to military spouses:
For employment purposes, be sure to bring with you all employment records and information; resumes, transcripts, certificates, licenses, and SF-50.
The TAP assists transitioning service members in building a plan to assure a smooth transition from their military career to civilian employment. The TAP is facilitated by professionally trained veteran staff who are located at the local State of Wisconsin Job Centers. The biggest challenges separating service member’s face in finding employment are: 1) developing resumes that translate their military skills, education, and training into skills that are recognizable and valuable to civilian employers and 2) acquiring effective skills for interviews with potential employers. Please bring supporting documents (performance reports, ORB, 2-1, etc.), as each workshop participant will develop a draft resume. Individual resume counseling will be provided throughout the workshop.
For other employment assistance in the state of Wisconsin go to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development at https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/ or the Job Center of Wisconsin.
All members with 18 years or more service that have submitted or may submit an application for retirement as well as those who have served 180 days in active service are eligible to attend the Transition Assistance Program Seminar. All active duty Soldiers, National Guard and Reserve personnel, including spouses, and retired military (all branches of service) are encouraged to attend. TAP seminars are conducted quarterly at Fort McCoy in the months of February, May, August, and November. For more information please contact 608-388-3716.
MyCAA - Military Spouse Career Advancement Account
Visit the following links for more information about MyCAA and Military Spouse Education and Career Opportunities.
Madison Benefit CenterP.O. Box 7905Madison, WI 53707
An application must be made each time you want to start receiving benefits. All claims based on work done in Wisconsin are filed either on the Internet or by telephone, even if you now live in another state.
You may apply for benefits online at https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/UIBEN/ or my.unemployment.wisconsin.gov. For help using online services or if you are truly unable to go online, call 414-435-7069.
A state-by-state unemployment compensation guide is available on the CareerOneStop Unemployment Benefits page at https://www.careeronestop.org/WorkerReEmployment/UnemploymentBenefits/unemployment-benefits.aspx?frd=true.
Fort McCoy and Wal Mart are the largest employers in Monroe County.