Northwest Region Blog
The presence of such industry powerhouses as Polaris, Arctic Cat and New Flyer make Northwest Minnesota a hub of transportation equipment manufacturing.
From wheat and potatoes to soybeans and sugar beets, the region is a major producer and processor of food staples and specialty agricultural products. Click here to view the blog.
Last week we released our report exploring how the pandemic has impacted jobs and the workforce in Rural Minnesota. And on this episode, we get to dive in a bit deeper into this topic with a couple of our Workforce Development Boards and a labor analyst with the Minnesota Departmen...
As the new Board of Directors Chair of Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program (RMCEP), Lori Schwartz saw first hand the employment difficulties people struggled with as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic last year. But she also saw the organization was up to the challenge of continuing to offer it...
Northwest, MN – The Regional Workforce Alliance (RWA) of Northwest Minnesota is proud to announce that three regional employers have been recognized with the Inclusive Workforce Employer (I-WE) Designation for their commitment to and development of an inclusive and equitable culture within their business and the region. The I-WE designatio...
Dear Friends and Supporters,
With one year completed as the Executive Director I can say that I am extremely proud of the work done here at RMCEP and the incredible staff that do it! I’ve been impressed with what I’ve seen, and even more excited for what’s to come. I a...
Minnesota lawmakers passed legislation Monday night designed to help businesses and workers hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic. The measure approved in a special session includes grants to struggling small businesses and an extension of unemployment benefits for out-of-work Minnesotans.
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle pushed for the COVID-19 relief...
Juan’s experience with Rural Minnesota CEP, Inc. (RMCEP) provided him the opportunity to reach success in supporting his family and in becoming a role model to his children. He was happy to share his story:
Juan had a plan to earn his CDL-A but needed assistance with career planning, funding, an...
Central Lakes College was recently recognized as an Inclusive Workforce Employer (I-WE) by The Regional Workforce Alliance (RWA) of Northwest Minnesota.
The honor recognizes the college for its commitment to and development of an inclusive and equitable culture within the business and the region. The I-WE designation was created to recogniz...
Rural Minnesota CEP: CareerForce Challenge Highlights
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A very special thanks to our participating employers:
Teachers on Call
Bath & Body Works
Lutheran Social Services
Evergreen Youth & Family Services
PDW – Performance Driven Workforce
As a board member of Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program (RMCEP) for over 15 years, Carol Anderson has lengthy experience helping job seekers and employers through tough economic conditions.
“I was around during the Great Recession in the late 2000’s and the most crucial aspect of economic recovery is the sam...
RMCEP cares about our customers and our staff. We want to help everyone stay healthy and well. Due to the alarming increase of COVID-19 cases in our service area, beginning Monday November 16, RMCEP will provide services through remote or virtual methods only. Please feel free to contact us b...
WHEREAS, National Apprenticeship Week is celebrating its sixth anniversary of raising awareness of the vital role apprenticeships provide in creating a qualified and highly skilled workforce in diverse industries in our 26-county region and across the nation; and
WHEREAS, the advancement and well-being of the United States of America depends upon the continue...
The changes a young adult can experience over a few years can be quite extensive and challenging. For D’Andre Gordon, predicting he would graduate from college this spring was difficult to envision when he moved to Bemidji seven years ago.
“I had big plans, but honestly I never thought I woul...
Pictured are Nathan Fetting, RMCEP Board Chair and Vicki Leaderbrand, RMCEP Executive Director
Northwest, MN – Rural Minnesota CEP, Inc (RMCEP) received a certificate which formally designates it as an inclusive employer. RMCEP received this designation from the Regional Workforce Alliance in recognition of the organization’s commitment to welcoming potential employee...
Northwest, MN – The Regional Workforce Alliance (RWA) of Northwest Minnesota is proud to announce the completion of the Inclusive Workforce Employer (I-WE) Designation Pilot Program, in which five regional organizations were formally designated as ‘inclusive employers’ for their commitment to and development of an inclusive and equitable culture withi...