The Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council Inc. (PIC) has been awarded local funds by the Greater Twin Cities United Way (GTCUW) and Southwest Initiative Foundation (SWIF) in the amount of $100,000.

These funds have been awarded to PIC to provide career advisory and work-based learning opportunities to students enrolled with the Jackson, Windom & Worthington school districts in partnership with AGCO (Jackson), Bedford Industries (Worthington) & Toro (Windom).

The opportunities are designed to increase knowledge of career opportunities, develop marketable experiences and skills, and build social capital that leads to higher wages and lower student debt while developing an essential talent pipeline for local employers.

As a school-to-career intermediary organization, the PIC serves as a single point of contact for employers and schools, providing a sequential, purposeful continuum of Career Awareness, Career Exploration and Career Preparation and Skills Training activities.

A primary focus will be on expanding Learn and Earn training models so all students have opportunities to gain the advanced skills needed that lead to higher wages. The impact of the project will decrease employment disparities by advancing wages of the youth, prepare students for career decisions and employment, engage employers with local students, expand work-based learning opportunities, and develop an essential talent pipeline for employers.

For more information contact Eriann Faris at or at 507-476-4053.