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CareerForce is working to help connect Minnesota employers with the workers they need during the COVID-19 crisis

By |2020-05-26T18:00:57-05:00May 26th, 2020|

CareerForce is working to help connect Minnesota employers with the workers they need during the COVID-19 crisis. CareerForce staff are reaching out to Minnesotans who want to find work during the pandemic. We can help connect you with people with the right skills for the positions you are hiring for now. If you aren’t currently hiring, [...]

Letter to our Communities from Minnesota West

By |2020-05-26T18:00:02-05:00May 26th, 2020|

Minnesotans are stubborn, resilient, and passionate. The effects of the pandemic are threatening the social and economic pillars of Southwest Minnesota – but our grit will not allow these pillars to fail. Many of our neighbors across the private and public sectors are making unprecedented sacrifices yet finding new ways to be in community, to support [...]

Learning in — and from — a crisis

By |2020-05-22T07:21:58-05:00May 22nd, 2020|

By Acooa Ellis | Learning in - and from - a crisis | Twin Cities Pioneer Press PUBLISHED: May 21, 2020 at 8:34 a.m. | UPDATED: May 21, 2020 at 9:55 a.m. This is an extraordinary time to be a young person. Much like millennials were shaped by the September 11 attacks, young people today are [...]

Grants Awarded for Career Pathways Pilot Program (CP3)

By |2020-05-12T22:05:27-05:00May 12th, 2020|

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has awarded three grants totaling $500,000 beginning SFY 2021 for the Career Pathways Pilot Program (CP3) to Local Workforce Development Areas (LWDAs) to develop and implement career pathways programs that strengthen access to work experience opportunities. Specifically, these projects are designed to promote racial equity as well [...]

Updates from the Southwest Minnesota Workforce Development Board

By |2020-04-28T21:48:17-05:00April 28th, 2020|

The Southwest Minnesota Workforce Development Board continues to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on the region’s employers and workforce. From March 16 – April 23, 2020, over 8,800 residents have applied for unemployment in the 14-county region of southwest Minnesota. DEED has developed a new page on their website to track the number of unemployment applications [...]

Regional Workforce Development Forums

By |2020-04-28T19:50:07-05:00April 28th, 2020|

Even though it seems much longer, it was just two months ago that the Southwest Minnesota Workforce Development Board hosted two Regional Workforce Development Forums. Nearly 100 stakeholders met in person to share insights at the forums; one held in Slayton, MN on February 25, 2020 and one in Granite Falls, MN on February 28, 2020. [...]

HR Employer COVID-19 Resources

By |2020-04-28T21:31:58-05:00April 22nd, 2020|

Unemployment Applications in Southwest Minnesota DEED has developed a new page on their website to track the number of unemployment applications in the state: https://mn.gov/deed/data/data-tools/unemployment-insurance-statistics/. From March 16 – April 23, 2020, over 8,800 residents have applied for unemployment in the 14-county region of southwest Minnesota.  COVID-19 Employer Survey To better understand and address the current [...]

Granite Falls Certified Nursing Assistant Course Wraps Up Successfully

By |2020-04-15T18:21:50-05:00April 15th, 2020|

The Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council (PIC), Minnesota West Community and Technical College (MN West), and Southwest Adult Basic Education- Marshall/Granite Falls (ABE) partnered to provide Nursing Assistant courses integrating wrap around services, work-readiness skills, and career planning. Ultimately, the goal of our Career Pathway courses are to create career pathways for participants while creating systems [...]

We’re here to help during COVID-19!

By |2020-04-15T18:24:13-05:00March 22nd, 2020|

  The Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council (PIC) has been closely monitoring the situation with COVID-19 in our region and has been updating our staff and partners on best practices in minimizing their risk. During this difficult time, we are doing the best we can to ensure the safety of our staff, customers, and partners, while [...]

Career Assessment & Interpretation in Local Schools

By |2020-04-15T18:24:38-05:00March 16th, 2020|

The Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council’s (PIC) Youth and Young Adult Program, provided career assessment and interpretation opportunities for MACCRAY (11th Grade), Montevideo (11th Grade), Tracy (10th Grade) and Yellow Medicine (10th Grade) students to assist them in exploring their career interests and direct them towards a career pathway this past Fall and recent Spring. Southwest [...]