Adults

The SW MN PIC administers Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs under Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014. These programs are designed to provide quality employment and training services to assist eligible individuals in finding a job, and to help employers find the skilled workers they need to compete and succeed in the workforce.

Employment services are also available to persons eligible for county financial assistance through the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), Diversionary Work Program (DWP), and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Employment and Training (SNAP E&T) program. Participants are referred to the SW MN PIC by their county of residence.

WIOA Adult

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy.

Eligibility

To be eligible, an individual must be 18 years of age and meet local priority groups and income guidelines.

Dislocated Worker

The dislocated worker program assists individuals who have lost their primary source of income through no fault of their own. Dislocated worker services are designed to help these individuals with retraining, job, and employability skill,s and provides assistance with securing new employment.

Eligiblity

Examples of eligibility include:

  • Those who have received a letter announcing a layoff or have already been permanently laid off.
  • Those individuals who worked for a business that is closing or has closed.
  • Farmers who are in the process of losing or have lost their farm.
  • Business owners who are in the process of losing or have lost their business due to economic conditions.
  • self-employed individual whose business circumstances put the individual in a position similar to a termination of employment. Such circumstances may include, but are not limited to:
    • Failure of one or more businesses to which the self-employed individual supplied a substantial proportion of products or services; and/or
    • Failure of one or more businesses from which the self-employed individual obtained a substantial proportion of products or services; and/or
    • Substantial layoff(s) from, or permanent closure(s) of, one or more plants or facilities that support a significant portion of the relevant state or local economy; and/or
    • Failure of the self-employed individual’s farm or business due to general, relevant economic conditions.
  • displaced homemaker who has been providing unpaid services to family members in the home, supported by another income, and who is no longer supported by the source of income they were dependent on.

MFIP (Minnesota Family Investment Program)

MFIP is a program that assists low-income families with children achieve economic stability through work.  There is a 60-month lifetime limit for this program.  MFIP includes a cash grant, food support, and job counseling services.  MFIP supports both job-seeking and working parents to help them obtain and sustain employment to become self-sufficient.

For an overview of this program, see our video presentation by clicking here.

Eligibility

A direct referral from the county is required.

Diversionary Work Program (DWP)

DWP is a four month program that provides services and support to low-income families with children to assist them in gaining employment.  The goal of the program is for families to become self-sufficient and prevent them from going on public assistance.

Eligibility

A direct referral from the county is required.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Employment and Training (SNAP E&T)

SNAP E&T is a food support program that is designed to help participants transition from public assistance to self-sufficiency by preparing for and obtaining paid employment

Eligibility

A direct referral from the county is required.

Minnesota American Indian Center Workforce Investment Act (MAIC/WIA)

Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funds for Native Americans are sent directly to Native American communities and organizations.

  • The Minneapolis American Indian Center handles employment and training programs for American Indians, Alaskan Native and Hawaiian Natives in 71 counties throughout the state of Minnesota (excluding Aitkin, Becker, Beltrami, Carlton, Cass, Clearwater, Cook, Hennepin, Hubbard, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Mahnomen, Mille Lacs, Pine, and St. Louis counties). Services include career counseling, case management, work experience, on-the-job training, limited assistance for both short-term training (one year or less) and long-term training (two years or less), assistance with GED test fees (and a GED Employment & Training Award of $150 to those who complete their GED and enroll in career training and/or secure permanent employment), as well as supportive services to those who secure permanent employment.

Eligibility

Interested participants does not need to be enrolled in a tribe, however they do need to provide proof of ancestry (which can be done through an enrolled parent or grandparent).

Interested participants should call 1-800-486-8797. A MAIC/WIA worker will ask questions to determine initial eligibility and can then mail or fax an application form to you.

Once the completed application and required papers are processed, an appointment will be scheduled at a local workforce center, GED facility, library or college scheduled for the intake assessment.

Universal Services

Universal services are training and job hunting assistance available to anyone who visits the offices of the SWMNPIC, regardless of program eligibility.

WorkForce Center Guide – Menu of Services

These services include, but are not limited to:

  • Skill training in reading, math, job and life skills
  • Post-High School Education Assistance
  • Goal Setting
  • Career Counseling and Exploration
  • Tests and Assessments to find your interest levels and skills
  • Referrals to other service agencies that may be of assistance
  • Paid Work Experience Programs with local employers
  • Job Placement Assistance
  • Assistance with resumes, job applications, and interview preparations
  • On-the-Job Training Opportunities
  • Employment and Job Search Workshops
  • Introduction to listings of regional job openings
  • Budgeting assistance
  • Supportive Services such as transportation, childcare, housing, etc. may be available if you are eligible for one of our programs.

 

FOR PERSONALIZED HELP, PLEASE STOP IN TO SPEAK WITH A REPRESENTATIVE AT YOUR LOCAL WORKFORCE CENTER.

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