CEP was developed out of the 1960’s Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA). In 1982, the federal Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA), replaced CETA. In 1998, JTPA was replaced by the federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) which CEP currently maintains in our region. There are only three CEPs remaining in the nation. Although there have been many changes in federal workforce legislation, the primary focus of CEP has remained to provide employment and training services to unemployed and underemployed adults and youth.
CEP serves an area with a population of 185,000 individuals in Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor and Washburn counties of Northwest Wisconsin, encompassing a 10,000 square mile area. CEP has built positive partner relationships in northern Wisconsin through services provided at eight separate Job Center locations.
Along with providing employment and training activities to citizens in our region, CEP also works with other programs such as Vocational Rehabilitation, Pathways to Independence, and the Health Resources and Services Administration.
The agency's partners include service providers for people with disabilities, veterans, at risk youth, students, older workers, and the general public.