Southwest Minnesota Workforce Development Board

The Southwest Minnesota Workforce Development Board

The Southwest Minnesota Workforce Development Board is one of Minnesota’s 16 local workforce boards designated under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014. The Board is comprised of a majority business representatives, as well as workforce, education, government, economic development, and community stakeholders. The board is dedicated to provide a diverse and quality workforce that best meets the needs and challenges of the 14 county area of Southwest Minnesota. These counties include Big Stone, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Rock, Swift, and Yellow Medicine.

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The Southwest Minnesota Workforce Development Board is a leader in CareerForce, Minnesota’s unified workforce system and guides the design of local workforce development including oversight of CareerForce locations in Marshall, Montevideo and Worthington.

Regional Workforce Strategies

Increase high school student's understanding of and exposure to regional occupations in demand.
Expand the number of skilled workers through sector-based career pathway approaches in key industries.
Provide training and assistance to help businesses retain and attract the diverse workforce they need now and into the future.
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Workforce Development Board Meetings

The Southwest Minnesota Workforce Development Board meetings are held the first Thursday of the month at 4 PM in the following months: February, April, June, August, October and December at the Lyon County Government Center located at 607 West Main Street in Marshall, MN.

The Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Southwest Minnesota Workforce Development Board will be held on June 6, 2024 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Join the Meeting In-Person

  • Merit Center, 1001 Erie Rd, Marshall, MN 56258 (in-person)
  • 1403 E College Drive, Marshall, MN 56258 (via zoom)
  • Montevideo CareerForce Conference Room, 202 N. 1st Street, Montevideo, MN (via zoom)
  • Nobles County Government Center, CareerForce Conference Room, 318-9th Street, Worthington, MN (via zoom)
  • Safari Island Community Center, 1600 Community Dr, Waconia, MN 55387 (via zoom)
  • Swift County Benson Health Services, Conference Room A, 1815 Wisconsin Ave, Benson, MN 56215 (via zoom)
  • Mankato CareerForce, 12 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 1600, Mankato MN 56001 (via zoom)

Join Virtually by Zoom

Meeting ID: 822 7102 3139
Passcode: 953321

Upcoming Meeting Dates

June 6, 2024 | August 8, 2024 | October 3, 2024 | December 5, 2024

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Grant Awards

The Southwest Minnesota Workforce Development Board has awarded the following grants:

  • One Stop Operator
    Consortium of Providers: MN Department of Employment and Economic Development, Job Service, MN Department of Employment and Economic Development, Vocational Rehabilitation, and the Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council, Inc.
  • WIOA Adult and Dislocated Worker Services
    Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council, Inc.
  • WIOA Youth Services
    Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council, Inc.

Southwest Minnesota Workforce Development Board Members

Private Sector Representatives

Carla Goedtke, Chair

Slayton, MN

Murray County

Andy Easley, Vice Chair

Balaton, MN

Lyon County

Melissa McGinty-Thompson

Benson, MN

Swift County Private Sector

Len Bakken

Windom, MN

Cottonwood County

Anne Johnson

Redwood Falls, MN

Redwood County

Kris Jacobson

Dawson, MN

Lac qui Parle County

Melissa McGinty-Thompson

Benson, MN

Swift County

Jacque Peters

Montevideo, MN

Chippewa County

Rochelle Remund

Pipestone, MN

Pipestone County

Vince Robinson

Ivanhoe, MN

Lincoln County

Dawn Schnell

Jackson, MN

Jackson County

Brad Vaughn

Luverne, MN

Rock County

Hillary DeVlaeminck

Yellow Medicine County

Vacant

Nobles County

Vacant

Big Stone County

Vacant

Minority-Owned Small Business

Redwood County Private Sector

At-Large Representatives

Scott Marquardt

Montevideo, MN

Southwest Initiative Foundation
At-Large Economic Development

Bruce Bergeson

Montevideo, MN

Minnesota River Valley CTE Collaborative
At-Large Education

Terry Gaalswyk

Worthington, MN

Minnesota West Community & Technical College
At-Large Education

Tim Jones

Marshall, MN

SW MN PPIC
At-Large Community Based Organization

See Moua-Leske

Marshall, MN

SW ABE Marshall
At-Large Education Community Based Organization

Dr. Lori Wynia

Marshall, MN

At-Large Education
Southwest Minnesota State University

Mimi Schafer

Hutchinson, MN

MN Dept. of Employment & Economic
At-Large Rehabilitation Services

Marly Wagner

Marshall, MN

Southwest Minnesota State University
At-Large Education

LeRoy Kiecker

Mankato, MN

MN Department of Employment & Economic Development
At-Large Public Employment Service Representative

Vacant

At-Large Labor

Chief Elected Officials Board

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) vests local chief elected officials with significant authority to provide leadership in the development, operation, and performance of local workforce development programs. Responsibilities include appointing Local Board members, setting priorities for use of WIOA, leveraging workforce funding, and providing leadership for address workforce development needs in the region.

Board Meeting Information

The Chief Elected Official Board meetings are held the 3rd Monday of each month at 2 p.m. in March, June, September, and December.

In-person meetings are held at the Lyon County Government Center on the second floor in the Commissioners Room at 607 W Main Street in Marshall, MN.  The meeting can also be joined virtually at the Cottonwood County Courthouse in the Commissioners Room at 900 3rd Ave, Windom, MN and at 316 West Broadway, Browns Valley, MN.

Chief Elected Officials Board Members

Ron Antony, Chair

Canby, MN

Yellow Medicine County Commissioner

Beth Van Hove, Vice Chair

Worthington, MN

Former Nobles County Auditor/Treasurer

Juanita Lauritsen, Secretary

Milan, MN

Former PIC Executive Director

John Roiger

Dawson, MN

Former Manager Lac qui Parle Coop Oil Company

Andy Easley

Redwood Falls, MN

Tru Shrimp Human Service Director

Gary Hendrickx

Appleton, MN

Swift County Commissioner

John Popowski

Ivanhoe, MN

Popowski Farms Farmer

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