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Regional Resilience

Friday, November 16, 2018

Determining industry clusters in a regional economy has been an important tool of regional planners and policymakers for decades. Regional industry clusters show communities the nuance of their economies, identify trends, and may suggest how communities can adapt to them. In particular, the Blakely and Green-Leigh quadrant method clusters industry sectors by how well they withstand economic fluctuation. This method is unique in that it offers a matrix of sustainability, categorizing regional industries by their response to economic change over time. With this method regional industries are grouped into four quadrants - transforming, growing, emerging, and declining - based on both...
Statewide minimum wage in Minnesota set to go up Jan. 1

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Adjustment for inflation will raise wages by 17 to 21 cents an hour. Minnesota’s minimum-wage workers will get a raise starting Jan. 1, state officials announced. An adjustment for inflation will raise the statewide minimum wage from $9.65 to $9.86 an hour for workers at companies with annual gross revenue of $500,000 or more. Employees at smaller companies will see the minimum wage go from $7.87 to $8.04 an hour. The youth wage rate — for those younger than 18 — also will go up to $8.04 an hour, as will the training wage that may be paid to employees under age 20...
Many Pathways. One Mission.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (RMCEP) is proud to celebrate 50 Years of making employment dreams a reality.  RMCEP has adapted and evolved with the changing economic landscape. We have seen many changes in the programs that fund our services over our forty years of existence but have consistently provided a high level of quality services. We set our goals high and look to the future with anticipation of developing additional services to meet the ever changing needs of our workforce. We truly believe that work is key to a successful life and are ready to help make employment dreams a...
Bridging the Gap Between Businesses and Young Career Seekers

Thursday, October 11, 2018

As more baby boomers retire, a workforce crisis is looming, particularly in rural areas of the country. In a recent survey, 48 percent of Minnesota manufacturers said that attracting and retaining skilled workers is one their primary challenges. The Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program (RMCEP) is aiming to help businesses solve this problem. The nonprofit recently hired Amy Sjoblad as a Rural Career Counseling Coordination (RC3) Business Specialist to help solve this problem. This new position will serve as an important bridge between businesses, workforce centers and educational institutions. RC3 was made possible by a legislative appropriation. Sjoblad’s position is part of...
Memorandum: Job Counselor/Resource Room Consultant

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Rural concentrated concentrated employment Minnesota program, inc. CEP 803 Roosevelt Avenue • P.O. Box 1108 • Detroit Lakes, Minnesota 56502-1108 (218) 846-7400 • www.rmcep.com www.facebook.com/RMCEP Memorandum To: Distribution Date: September 24, 2018 From: Vicki Leaderbrand Position Number: 18-10 (Extended) Re: Position Vacancy Regular Full-Time Position Position: Job Counselor/Resource Room Consultant Location: Little Falls WorkForce Center Hiring Authority: Sue Hilgart Program Manager Address: Rural Minnesota CEP, Inc. 609 13th Avenue NE, Suite G Little Falls, MN 56345 (320) 232-2000 (320) 616-2424 FAX Filing Deadline: October 8, 2018 Salary: Entry Level Grade 9 $17.34/hour to $20.04/hour Primary Objectives of Position: Promotes and facilitates the use of the Resource Room technical and informational resources for WorkForce Center customers. Provides information about careers, job openings,...
State Gains 6,600 Jobs in June

Friday, August 10, 2018

Unemployment rate steady at 3.1 percent ST. PAUL – Minnesota employers added 6,600 jobs in June, according to seasonally adjusted figures released by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).  In addition, the agency said May’s employment figures were revised from 10,200 jobs gained to 10,700 jobs gained. Over the past year, Minnesota employers have added 45,517 jobs, a growth rate of 1.5 percent. The U.S. growth rate during that period was 1.7 percent.  Minnesota now has a seasonally adjusted total of 2,962,300 jobs statewide, the most in state history. Continue to full article
RMCEP Celebrates 50 Years

Friday, August 03, 2018

It’s rare for a nonprofit organization to survive for more than a couple of decades. Those with staying power seem to have a few characteristics in common. First, such organizations can clearly demonstrate their impact. Secondly, they’re forward thinking and adaptable to social or political change. Finally, they have strong leadership and a dedicated staff. This year, Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program (RMCEP) is celebrating a major milestone — its 50th year. Over the last half century, the nonprofit has been a leader in workforce development. RMCEP provides services to residents of 19 counties in Northwestern Minnesota and has workforce centers in Alexandria,...
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Re-Employment presented many unforeseen challenges for me.  Rural Minnesota CEP provided much needed, and greatly appreciated support.  Thank You. ~ MM

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I love my RN job & couldn't have gotten here without the help of CEP!  Thank You! ~ CR

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I work full time now, feel great about myself and setting a good example for my kids.  Staff helped me make a plan for my son who is disabled.  They made me feel like they really cared about what they were doing. ~ AN

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Thank you!  Without the help from CEP I would not be financially independent ~ RK

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This program was awesome and helped me get started in my nursing career, when I was unable to afford it.  Thank you so much! ~ SH

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I know if it wasn't for Rural Mn CEP I would not be in the positive situation that they helped me get to in my life.  I  am so grateful!  Thank you Rural Mn CEP! ~ TC