Boys and Girls Club of Dane Co. Launches $35 Million Workforce Center Campaign

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) — The Boys & Girls Club of Dane County announced on Friday the launch of a $35 million fundraising campaign to create a center that provides job training and job placement services for young people.

The McKenzie Regional Workforce Center will host skills training for careers such as plumbing and construction, as well as an entrepreneurship center. The entrepreneurship portion of the building, which will be located on the middle level, will provide training in life skills, marketing and finance.

The BGCDC noted that $24 million has already been raised for the campaign.

The building was purchased and donated to the club by John McKenzie, the owner of McKenzie Apartment Company, and his family. McKenzie said he was thrilled to see the project come to fruition.

“We just look forward to creating hope and opportunity for these young people who deserve and need it,” he said. “And we’re grateful to everyone who has cared and helped us, and very grateful to the community, because the generosity is truly overwhelming.”

More than 2,000 donors and volunteers have already contributed, and the organization said it expects a seven-figure donation from philanthropist Mackenzie Scott.

The building will also house the organization’s corporate offices.

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