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Alyssa Ness (White Earth Child Care Center)

Category:  Success Stories

Alyssa Ness was a 20 year old single parent of one child when she connected with the TANF Teen Parent project. She had never worked before and did not have transportation. Alyssa started a work training experience at the White Earth Childcare Center. Alyssa knew the work training was temporary...

Ashley Kiser (Wilkin County Family Services)

Category:  Success Stories

Beating the Odds at Wilkin County Family Services By Carrie McDermott • Daily News  carriem@wahpetondailynews.com Ashley Kiser, 29, is a single working mother of four who grew up on welfare assistance, raised by a single mom who abused drugs and alcohol. Her future looked bleak, but instead of repeating the cycle of...

Dan Rust Jr. (Choice Therapy)

Category:  Success Stories

Dan Rust Jr. was referred to the Rural Minnesota CEP, Inc. youth program by Mark Larson, Special Education teacher with TrekNorth High School, Bemidji in November, 2012. School had not always come easy for Dan as he has struggled in the past with behavioral difficulties and trouble with reading comprehension....

Dustin Brunner (Rural Minnesota CEP, Inc.)

Category:  Success Stories

Dustin, age 18, was first referred to Rural Minnesota CEP, Inc. (RMCEP) by his high school counselor for the 2009 summer youth program when he was 14. He participated in work experience, learned work maturity skills, and received mentoring and academic support. Dustin lived with his Mom and sister on...

Integrating New Americans into the Workforce

Category:  Success Stories

As fertility rates decline and Baby Boomers age and retire, the U.S. workforce is starting to shrink. Historically, evidence has shown the more people in the workforce; the more goods and services are produced. This reduction of the labor pool is expected to present significant challenges to the economy in...

Keeping Up with Workplace Trends

Category:  Success Stories

The nature of work has shifted dramatically in recent years. Much of the changes can be attributed to advances in technology, which help workers become more mobile and less constrained by geographic boundaries. Technology has also resulted in more automation, which can influence job availability. Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program strives...

Ken Northenscold (Good Samaritan Society)

Category:  Success Stories

Amber, It seems like such a long time ago when we first started working together on my “plan”. I’m not sure how we got matched up but I thank God that you were the one helping me out. Sometimes we wonder if we really make a difference, given our specific job...

Leah Watkins (Lake Region Healthcare Cancer Care & Research Center)

Category:  Success Stories

I moved to the Fergus Falls area to begin my life with my new husband. The experts say that marriage is a major life change. Little did I know that I was in for several major life changes in the years ahead. Several months before I moved to Bemidji, MN,...

Marissa Hinrichs (Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum)

Category:  Success Stories

Marissa enrolled in the Youth Program June 2012. She applied because she was interested in getting work experience with elementary age children. She had completed one year of college and was thinking about majoring in elementary education or English. There were no jobs available in the area, so she asked...

Mitchell Lachelt (Legacy Power Line)

Category:  Success Stories

Mitchell Lachelt had been working for 8 years as the manager of a landscaping company when he was unexpectedly laid off. Mitch contacted the Brainerd office of Rural MN CEP to see if Electrical Lineworker training was a good occupation. He completed Career Assessment and researched the labor market outlook,...

Noelle Goriesky (Wadena Workforce Center)

Category:  Success Stories

About 4 years ago, I left my husband of nearly 20 years. This was terrifying because we were financially secure. Leaving him and taking our daughter with me meant no more financial security. I moved back to my home town to be closer to a few family and friends. I...

Nora Jordan (Sanford Medical Center)

Category:  Success Stories

"In March 2009 I became a displaced worker as a result of layoffs from economic downturn. With the help of CEP, and, in particular, my case worker, Luann Thompson, I enrolled in The Displaced Worker Program & began college at NTC May 2009. I obtained certification as a CNA as...

Ricardo Zamora (Rural Minnesota CEP, Inc.)

Category:  Success Stories

Ricky applied for the Youth Program when he was 14 years old and in grade 9. The first time I met Ricky, he was very shy and quiet. He hardly spoke above a whisper, but he wanted a job to earn and save money. He was also interested in the...

Sahro (Rural Minnesota CEP, Inc.)

Category:  Success Stories

Sahro is an 18 year old woman that Debbie Grant at the Moorhead WorkForce Center had the opportunity to work with through the Career Advisor services she provided to the Moorhead High School students. Sahro had been in this country for only 4 years when her mother passed away. Her...

Sajjad Hussain (Rural Minnesota CEP, Inc.)

Category:  Success Stories

Sajjad Hussain was enrolled in the Dislocated Worker Program through Rural Minnesota CEP, Inc., and was an active participant. He accessed the Workforce Center Resource Room numerous times a week for hours at a time; searching for job openings, researching companies, completing online job applications and sending resumes. Sajjad has a...

Successful Spring Job Fairs

Category:  Success Stories

Finding a job isn’t an easy task. Thankfully, there’s assistance out there. Rural MN CEP has been helping match employees with jobs for nearly 50 years. Our locations throughout North Central and West Central Minnesota serve as an excellent resource for job seekers that want to improve their resumes and...



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

Re-Employment presented many unforeseen challenges for me.  Rural Minnesota CEP provided much needed, and greatly appreciated support.  Thank You. ~ MM

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

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

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

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