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Serve MKE

Empowering Milwaukee's Hospitality Workforce

Serve MKE, led by the Serve MKE Council, is a pioneering initiative dedicated to fostering a thriving hospitality workforce in Milwaukee County. Through innovative, worker-centered sector strategies and diverse partnerships, we aim to uplift historically marginalized populations, enabling them to secure quality employment in high-demand hospitality occupations.

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Job Seekers and Current Hospitality Employees

Unlock Your Potential in Hospitality

Are you looking to start or advance your career in the hospitality industry? Serve MKE is here to help you achieve your goals with comprehensive training and support services.

Why Join Serve MKE?
  • Quality Job Training
  • Supportive Services
  • Career Advancement
  • Inclusive Environment
  • Supportive Services
    • Transportation
    • Childcare
    • And More!
  • Cooks and Chefs
  • Hotel and Motel Management
  • Maintenance and Repair Workers
  • Desk Clerks
  • Dishwashers
  • Food Preparations and Serving Related Workers
  • Dining Room, Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers
  • Usher, Lobby Attendant, Ticket Taker
  • Driver/Sales Worker
  • Housekeeping Roles
  • Lodging Manager


Who We Serve:

We focus on empowering unemployed, underemployed, and current hospitality workers from historically marginalized groups, including women, people of color, Veterans, economically disadvantaged individuals, those with disabilities, and justice-involved individuals, those who have experienced layoffs or workers who want to upskill. You must be a resident of Milwaukee County to participate.

Interested In Participating?

If you are a job seeker or current hospitality worker interested in participating in Serve MKE, please contact Tashika Coleman, Workforce Specialist at


Hospitality Employers

Build a Stronger Workforce with Serve MKE

Are you a hospitality employer looking to enhance your workforce and improve job quality? Serve MKE offers you the opportunity to collaborate on creating a sustainable, inclusive, and skilled workforce.

Benefits of Partnering with Serve MKE:
  • Assess Worker Needs: Collaborate to identify and address workforce needs.
  • Engage in Sector Partnerships: Be part of a network promoting job quality and career advancement.
  • Promote Inclusive Practices: Participate in trauma-informed care training and foster a supportive workplace.
  • Access Skilled Workers: Connect with trained individuals ready to excel in hospitality roles.
Employer Commitments:
  • Job Quality: Commit to providing good jobs with benefits and career advancement opportunities.
  • Training Participation: Engage in trauma-informed care training to better support your employees.
  • Ongoing Support: Receive continuous support from the Serve MKE team and partner organizations.

Join Us in Transforming Milwaukee’s Hospitality Industry

Serve MKE is more than a training program—it's a movement towards economic empowerment and inclusive growth. Together, we can build a vibrant hospitality workforce that benefits everyone.

Contact Us:

For more information on how to get involved with Serve MKE, please contact Jeffrey McAlister, Business Solutions Manager at

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Phone: (414) 270-1700Fax: (414) 225-2375

Deaf, hearing or speech impaired callers may reach us by the Wisconsin Relay number 711.

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