What’s Available in Southwest Minnesota?

The SW MN Career Pathway Partnership has developed a series of short-term training opportunities to help individuals enter a career pathway in a high-pay, in-demand occupation in southwest Minnesota.

To see what training opportunities include click the toggles below:

  • Minnesota Nursing Assistant Certification (CNA)
    • First Aid/C.P.R.
  • Medical Terminology; Medication Administration (TMA)
  • Medical Terminology; Community Interpreter Training
  • Medical Terminology; Pharmacy Certificate

To learn more about our upcoming Healthcare Career Pathway Trainings, click here

  • Welding Certificate
    • Welding Principles
    • Oxy-Fuel/Plasma Arc Cutting
    • Shielded Metal Arc Welding
    • Gas Metal Arc Welding
    • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
    • Metallurgy & Materials 2
  • Basic Welding
    • Blueprint Reading
    • Welding Principles
  • Advanced Welding
    • Gas Metal Arc Welding

To learn more about our upcoming Manufacturing Career Pathway Trainings, click here. 

  • Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
    • CDL Permit Training
  • Diesel Mechanic Certification

To learn more about your upcoming Transportation Career Pathway Trainings, click here. 

Most of these trainings can be completed in 3 months or less, and will help prepare you for a job, or for further education. Classes include customized instruction and support to help you to be successful (tutoring, support services, career placement services, employability skills, and more).

Classes are scheduled in various locations throughout the region, depending on applicant interest and employer needs.

If you are a southwest MN resident scholarship funds could help pay for your training. 

Apply Today!

Worthington area Career Pathways Application

Marshall/Montevideo area Career Pathways Application

Pathways to Prosperity (P2P)

P2P: is a short term training program. Most training is completed within 3 to 16 weeks.

Target populations include: Individuals with low basis skills, Individuals of color, Low income (200% below federal poverty guidelines), Individuals with a disability, Individuals with a criminal record, long-term unemployed and individuals lacking a high school diploma.

Industry focuses include:  Healthcare, Manufacturing, and Transportation.

Course examples include: Certified Nursing Assistant, Trained Medication Aide, Welding and CDL Truck Driving.


On-Ramp is a training program designed to build foundation skills of individuals who do not have the education or skill level required to be successful in the more advanced classroom instruction. This instruction will allow an individual to start from their current skill level at or below 6th grade level in math and/or reading, and provide them with skill training. This training will result in a certification that is relevant to the regions key industries along with giving the individual pre-employment skills.

Target populations include: Low income individuals (200% below federal poverty guidelines), English Language Learners, Individuals with math and/or reading skills below the 6th grade level, and Individuals with a disability.

Industry focuses include: Healthcare, Manufacturing, Transportation.

Course examples include: Contextualized Math and Reading instruction, Northstar Digital Literacy computer instruction, Career exploration, Work Experience and On the Job Training, 1st Aid/CPR, Infection Control for Healthcare, ServSafe Food Handler, Personal Care Assistant.

Youth at Work

Youth at Work offers comprehensive training to young adults ages 16-24, who are under-represented in the CareerForce, economically disadvantaged, and/or have at least one at-risk characteristic. PIC’s Youth and Adult Career Pathway initiatives enable youth to better understand the connection between work and success, to learn basic work habits and skills, to form a positive relationship with leaders in their communities, and to develop meaningful education and/or employment goals through mentoring provided by the employer, PIC staff and partner staff.

Youth at Work services benefit youth by providing summer and/or year-round work experience and introduction to career pathways for economically disadvantaged or at-risk youth, ages 14 through 24 (including those who are out-of-school and/or involved in the foster care and juvenile justice systems, residing in MFIP households, youth with disabilities, and youth from communities of color who are under-represented in the CareerForce; homeless and/or runaways); and, increase exposure to in-demand jobs important to regional economies; and, introduce and promote career pathways and skill acquisition (academic and work readiness) through project-based instruction; and, promote mastery of work readiness competencies and 21st Century skills, as demonstrated through workplace portfolios and other assessments; and, provide high-quality worksites and overall participant and employer satisfaction.