The Madison-based Latino Academy of Workforce Development has been chosen by voters as the Nonprofit Organization of the Year for 2022 in the Wisconsin Leadership Community Choice Awards.
The organization recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, but just established itself as an independent nonprofit last year. It was previously a program of Vera Court Neighorhood Center.
The organization provides a variety of bilingual and culturally competent adult education programs. These programs include GED classes, commercial driver license and other trade training as well as English language and other career readiness training. They also connect employers with potential employees around Dane County.
Executive Director Baltazar de Anda Santana will appear on a panel titled “Filling in the Gaps: How Workforce Development is Preparing the Essential Workers of the Future” on Monday at the Wisconsin Leadership Summit. He and his team will receive their award at a ceremony on Tuesday at the second day of the Summit.