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We’re here to help during COVID-19!

By |2020-03-22T07:55:00-05:00March 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 |2020-03-16T16:40:50-05:00March 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 |2020-03-16T16:40:20-05:00March 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 |2020-03-16T16:34:17-05:00March 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 |2020-03-15T12:46:56-05:00March 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 [...]

Certified Nursing Assistant Course Wraps Up Successfully

By |2020-01-17T17:27:43-06:00January 17th, 2020|

The Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council (PIC), Minnesota West Community and Technical College (MN West), and Southwest Adult Basic Education (ABE-Worthington) 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 change in [...]

Career Pathways in Windom Creating On-ramps to Success

By |2020-03-15T09:16:15-05:00January 17th, 2020|

Windom Area Schools has implemented a new block class schedule and five pathways for students to explore: Agriculture and Manufacturing, Health Science, Education, Business and Marketing and Information Technology. Many courses offer credits that give students a jump on post-secondary education and connect students to outside opportunities.   Senior student Parker Bramstedt is in the Agriculture and Manufacturing Pathway. “I was able to improve [...]

Southwest Minnesota CareerForce Expo

By |2020-01-17T16:59:22-06:00January 17th, 2020|

2019 Southwest Minnesota Career Expo gives students a preview of the many wonderful career & educational opportunities in Southwest Minnesota!  The Southwest Minnesota CareerForce Expo was held on Sept. 24th and 25th at the college campuses of Southwest Minnesota State University–Marshall and Minnesota West-Worthington. The event provided valuable career and education information to high school students, [...]

Worthington Welding Class Visits Welding Program and AGCO in Jackson, MN

By |2020-01-17T17:33:36-06:00January 17th, 2020|

The Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council (PIC) and Minnesota West Community and Technical College sponsor a beginning welding class.  Individuals in the class learn different welds and also blueprint reading. Welding Instructor, Justin Johnson, arranged a tour of the AGCO plant in Jackson to give the individuals a chance to see the operation and the importance [...]

Tour of Manufacturing in Southwest Minnesota

By |2019-11-27T12:59:27-06:00November 27th, 2019|

The Minnesota River Valley Education District Collaborative (MRVED), comprised of five area school districts including Montevideo, MACCRAY, Lakeview, Renville County West and Yellow Medicine East in partnership with the SW MN Private Industry Council (PIC) (www.swmnpic.org) hosted their first local Tour of Manufacturing Event in three local towns, Montevideo, Prinsberg and Granite Falls, MN on October [...]