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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 [...]

5th Annual Career Fair for Worthington Area School Students

By |2020-04-15T18:25:52-05:00March 16th, 2020|

The Worthington Public School (ISD518) in partnership with the SW MN Private Industry Council (www.swmnpic.org) Youth and Young Adult Programs, and Worthington Chamber of Commerce hosted their 5th local Career Fair February 14th, 2020 for their students in grades 11-12 from the High School, and 9-12 grades from the Learning Center. Employers in the region are [...]

Local Students Participate in 26th Annual Breaking Traditions Event

By |2020-04-15T19:09:00-05:00March 16th, 2020|

The Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council, in partnership with several Minnesota West Community and Technical College campuses hosted the 2020 Breaking Traditions events in partnership with several secondary school districts across workforce service area 6 including: Dawson-Boyd High School, Marshall Senior High School, Minnesota River Valley Education District’s Area Learning Center, Jackson County Central, Worthington ISD518 [...]

Paving new career pathways for rural youth with disabilities

By |2020-04-15T19:10:07-05:00March 15th, 2020|

PACER and its partners shown here from right to left, Deborah Leuchovius (PACER), Leah Hastad (Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council (PIC)), Eriann Faris (PIC), Cory Schmid (Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)), Tera Brooks (Central Minnesota Jobs and Training (CMJTS)), Leslie Wojtowicz (CMJTS), and Nancy Stensgard (Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program) serve 41 Minnesota [...]