Immigrants/Migrant Workers

Immigrants and migrant workers face unique challenges than other job seekers. These challenges can include things like visas and language. While there are few local resources for these issues in Southwestern Minnesota, there are some excellent state resources available.

Under the “Skills Identification/Development” and “Get a Job” pages on this site, we have even more resources — but these are targeted specifically at immigrants/migrant workers.

Under the “Assistance” page, we have non-job related resources for immigrants/migrant workers.

Contact

Migrant workers have a specialized career contact at our Workforce Centers. Please contact her for information and specific support and employment services

Josefina Chavez, Migrant Labor Representive
Willmar WorkForce Center
2200 23rd Street NE, Suite 2040
Willmar, MN 56201
320-441-6575
josefina.chavez@state.mn.us

English Language Learner

Are you improving your English for the workforce? There are some excellent resources available.

English Lessons

  • GCF Aprende Libre has a series of free online English tutorials.
  • USA Learns is a free, federally-developed online English as a Second Language (ESL) program in both English and Spanish.
  • Southwest Adult Basic Education (ABE) – Offers free basic education classes including Workforce Education Services, Career and College Preparation, GED Preparation, Computer Training, U.S. Citizenship, English as a Second Language (ESL), etc. Contact one of the four regional ABE centers in Granite FallsJacksonMarshall, and Worthington.

Certification

  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) measures and certifies the ability of non-native speakers of English to use North American English in an education setting. A good grade from this test is a helpful resource for those training for the workforce.
  • The Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) measures and certifies the ability of non-native speakers of English to use English for business. A good grade from this test is a helpful resource for those entering the workforce.

Job Hunting

Career Training

On the Skills Identification/Development page under the Job Search tab, we have even more resources — but these are targeted specifically at immigrants:

Core Skills

  • Southwest Adult Basic Education (ABE) – Offers free basic education classes including Workforce Education Services, Career and College Preparation, GED Preparation, Computer Training, U.S. Citizenship, English as a Second Language (ESL), etc. Contact one of the four regional ABE centers in Granite FallsJacksonMarshall, and Worthington.

New Students

Recertification/Relicensure

Job Seeking

On the “Find a Job” page under the Job Search tab, we have even more resources — but these are targeted specifically at immigrants and migrant workers:

Visa Services

On the “Assistance” page we have even more legal services for immigrants and migrant workers.

FOR PERSONALIZED HELP OR ACCESS TO A VARIETY OF PROGRAMS THAT CAN HELP JUMPSTART YOUR CAREER, PLEASE STOP IN TO SPEAK WITH A REPRESENTATIVE AT YOUR LOCAL WORKFORCE CENTER.

SEE THE CONTACT US TAB FOR MORE INFORMATION.