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Measuring Employment

Monday, January 28, 2019

DEED publishes two employment estimates each month based on two separate surveys: The household survey (Current Population Survey) and the payroll survey (Current Employment Statistics or CES survey). The household survey asks households about their employment status; the payroll survey asks Minnesota employers how many workers they have on their payrolls. The numbers produce slightly different employment counts. Over the last four decades, changes in the employment mix (self-employment, people holding multiple jobs and agricultural jobs shrinking as a percent of employment) have narrowed the gap in the employment counts. Knowing why the two series differ and how the gap between them...
Not Taking the Expansion for Granted

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Minnesota’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held at 2.8 percent in November for the third month in a row. The state’s unemployment rate remains the lowest since May 1999 and three tenths of a point above the all-time low of 2.5 percent (January and February, 1999).  October’s gain of 3,400 jobs was reduced to 2,500 after revision. Read full article. 
Somewhere Between Site Selection and Storytelling: An Expert Webinar

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Economic development organizations face hard choices. To encourage investment and job growth, they must make certain decisions. They cannot be all things to all people. To a large degree, an EDO must bet on certain aspects of a community to be effective.  Site selection is a changing landscape, staying on top of the current trends and features is important for your local economic development.  Knowing how to tell the story to match the changing trends is even more important. in this webinar, Aaron Brossoit, CEO of Golden Shovel, explained about the changes in site selection and how an EDO can stay on...
Youthbuild: Building Opportunity for At-Risk Kids

Monday, December 10, 2018

Minnesota’s high school graduation rates have risen to nearly 83 percent, an all-time high. But looking closer at the data reveals that some groups, such as students from low income families, students of color and those experiencing homelessness have significantly lower rates of success. Youthbuild in Moorhead aims to proactively address the needs of youth who have dropped out or are at risk of not finishing school. The unique job training program gives young adults experience in the building trades and helps them develop basic skills to help them succeed later in life. The main goal is to enable young adults to...
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Support Nonprofits on Giving Tuesday and Beyond

Monday, November 26, 2018

November 27 is Giving Tuesday, a day where people throughout our community, and the world, donate to the causes they are passionate about. This is a global day of giving. Unlike shopping holidays like Black Friday that focus on consumerism, this day is all about giving back to the community. Giving Tuesday encourages us to look beyond the busyness of the holiday season and to consider those in our community who may need our help and support, along with the charities that are bridging the gap for those in need. Reasons to Support Local Nonprofits Nonprofits are an important part of our local...
How do I know what job is right for me?

Monday, November 19, 2018

In our diverse economy, there are many ways to achieve workforce success, and they don’t all follow the same straight or orderly path. Employers in Northwest Minnesota now provide over 221,000 jobs and the state has over 3 million jobs, so it can be hard to know which one might be right for you. Assessments and career exploration are a great way to help students and jobseekers make the best possible choices. What things do you like to do? What’s your personality style? What skills and abilities do you have? There are a variety of free career assessments available online at...
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...
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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 • 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,...
Job Opportunity: MFIP Job Counselor

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Rural Minnesota program, Inc. CEP 803 Roosevelt Avenue • P.O. Box 1108 • Detroit Lakes, Minnesota 56502-1108 (218) 846-7400 • • Date: August 29, 2018 From: Vicki Leaderbrand Position Number: 18-09 (Extended) Re: Position Vacancy, Regular Full-Time Position Position: MFIP Job Counselor Location: Moorhead WorkForce Center Hiring Authority: Arlyce Cucich Address: Rural Minnesota CEP, Inc. Program Manager 715 N 11th Street, Suite 302 Moorhead, MN 56560 (218) 287-5060 SI (800) 500-8731 (218) 299-5871 FAX Filing Deadline: September 12, 2018 Salary: Entry Level Grade 9 $17.34/hour to $20.04/hour Primary Objectives of Position: Provide a variety of counseling services for the purpose of assisting agency clients to become self-supporting by planning for, securing and maintaining...
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,...
State Gains 10,200 Jobs in May

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Unemployment rate drops to 3.1 percent ST. PAUL – Minnesota employers added 10,200 jobs in May, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).  With those gains, the state has added 29,188 jobs in the past year, a 1 percent growth rate. The U.S. rate of job growth during that period was 1.7 percent.  Minnesota’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 3.1 percent in May, the lowest level since July 2000. The U.S. unemployment rate was 3.8 percent in May.  Continue to full article
DEED Approves Job Creation Funding for Five Businesses

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Businesses commit to investing $20.7 million, creating 131 jobs ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) approved grants totaling nearly $706,000 to support five business expansion projects in Greater Minnesota.  Grants from the Job Creation Fund were approved for projects in Glenwood, Stewartville, Albert Lea, Monticello and Zimmerman. Four of the businesses are majority woman-owned firms.  "Supporting business expansions like these is exactly what the Minnesota Job Creation Fund is designed to do," said Governor Mark Dayton. "I congratulate these Minnesota businesses and their hard-working employees for their successes. We are grateful for their contributions to our economy and...
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Ticket to Work Eases People Back into Workforce

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

It’s estimated that Minnesota will have a shortage of more than 100,000 workers by 2020. Jobs are already going unfilled, which means creative solutions are needed to address this troubling workforce trend. The Ticket to Work program is one such solution. This federal initiative of the Social Security Administration is a voluntary program. It helps get people who are disabled, but willing and able to work, back into the workforce. “Just because someone has a disability doesn’t preclude them from working again. Many jobs are going unfilled while there’s a huge talent pool of people with disabilities who have had to step...
Improving Outcomes for Young Adults with Disabilities

Friday, April 20, 2018

The Americans with Disabilities ACT of 1990 did a lot to improve inclusion and access for persons with disabilities, but they still face significant barriers in employment. Youth and young adults with disabilities tend to have lower rates of post-secondary education or training and are less likely to be employed than their peers without disabilities. They are three times more likely to live in poverty. The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI), which is administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, aims to change such outcomes. A key goal is to increase access to and the participation of young adults, ages 14 through 24,...
Northwest Minnesota Foundation - IMPACT 20/20 members spend day at Capitol

Friday, March 16, 2018

Pictured left to right are Tim Flathers, Missy Okeson, Nancy Vyskocil, Mike St. Onge, Karen White, and Craig Nathan. Not Pictured: Dennis Bona, Cam Fanfulik, Dan King, Kristine Anderson, Mark Finstad, Pete Haddeland, Robert Hager, Faith Hensrud, Mary Holz-Clause, Bruce Jensen, Michelle Landsverk, Jon Linnell, Jorge Prince, Edie Ramstad, Richard Sjoberg, Dan Wenner, and Delore Zimmerman. Submitted | Crookston Times Posted Mar 14, 2018 at 11:04 AM Members of IMPACT 20/20 recently spent the day at the State Capitol engaging law makers about the issues impacting economic prosperity and growth in Northwest Minnesota. IMPACT 20/20 is an influential group of Northwest Minnesota leaders representing...
Request for Quotes

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Rural Minnesota CEP, Inc. (RMCEP) is seeking a request for quotes as specified in the statement of work contained herein.  RMCEP recently conducted an Employee Satisfaction Survey and is seeking assistance with designing a response to the results of the survey. Qualified Candidates:  At least 5 years experience as a business/human consultant At least 5 years experience in business facilitation and negotiation At least 5 years experience in strategic planning, organizational conflict and workplace communications Statement of Work: Purpose Design, guide and assist EMCEP leaders and employees through planning and problem-solving necessary to build on recent Employee Satisfaction Survey results. Proposal Design & Plan Provide a proven systematic method...
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Free April 11 Event Kicks Off Region 5 Series

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Challenged with finding reliable workers in the Region 5 service area to grow your business? You're not alone. Attend this April 11 workshop—and others in this series—to gain an advantage in hiring and keeping talented people. What is driving the workforce shortage? Which occupations are in demand? What do good employees want? What’s working for other businesses? You've got questions. Working together, we'll surface the answers to help you attract, retain, grow and gain for your business. Time: 5 to 8 p.m. Date: Wednesday, April 11 Place: Central Lakes College Cafeteria Dinner will be provided, so bring your appetite, your questions and your insights and we'll get to work. Register...
Smart Career Choices Don’t Always Require a Four-Year Degree

Monday, February 26, 2018

In the last few decades, most Americans have viewed college as the primary method to move up the career ladder. But the cost of attending college has more than doubled since the 1980s, even as grants for attending college have shrunk. Today, the average student amasses about $30,000 in debt to obtain a four-year degree. It’s not hard to understand why some students are opting out of the traditional college degree. Unfortunately, a high school diploma doesn’t have the credence it once did. “In the past, people used enter career pathways without training. That’s not the case anymore,” says Craig Nathan, director...
RMCEP Career Advisors Provide Students with Needed Guidance

Monday, January 01, 2018

According to a 2016 study by the Education Trust, nearly half of graduating high school students across the nation aren’t prepared for college or the workplace. This means an alarming number of new college students have to take remedial classes to catch up to their classmates. And employers report that high school graduates lack basic workforce skills. A key recommendation from the report is for school leaders to shift their focus to view graduation not as a culmination but as a starting point for a successful life ahead. Since 2006, the Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program (RMCEP) has been working to proactively...
Career advisors help equip students for future success

Monday, November 20, 2017

Choosing a career path is a monumental decision. It can help shape the course of one’s life. But many high school students lack the information, self-awareness and maturity required to make a good choice. Less than half of American high school students feel as if they’re prepared for college or careers, according to a multi-year College and Career Readiness survey. High schools are the sensible place to start addressing this problem. But schools often lack the resources. Rural districts, in particular, struggle to offer adequate career counseling services. That’s why the Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program (RMCEP) started a program to improve...
RMCEP provides college and career advising

Friday, October 27, 2017

Rural students are less likely than their urban counterparts to attend college. This urban vs. rural divide is significant because it influences career choices and eventually impacts earnings. The 2016 Census showed that those with a college degree earned an average of $65,482 annually, while the average annual wage for those without a high school education was $35,615. Since 2006, the Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program (RMCEP) has been working to improve career and college readiness among high school students to address this disparity. RMCEP works in partnership with Clay, Mahnomen, Wilkin, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd, Wadena and Cass Counties, where students are...
Upcoming PACER Workshops

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

What Families Need to Know about Youth Career Pathways and WorkForce Centers Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm Learn about career planning options for in-school and out-of-school youth with disabilities and where you can find help launching your youth on their path to employment. This workshop will highlight: what families can do to build employment skills at home, how to begin a career path in high school, Vocational Rehabilitation Services for youth with disabilities, and new MN Workforce Center Career Pathway programs available to youth with disabilities age 16 to 24. A $20 gift certificate will be provided to attendees who complete...
Bringing workforce resources on the road

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

As technology has advanced, the traditional method of finding and securing a job has evolved. Basic computer skills are now a prerequisite for job seekers — whether it’s to complete a job search, draft a resume or fill out an online job application. For more than four decades, Rural Minnesota CEP has been keeping up with the latest workforce trends, helping people master the skills they need to find jobs. The nonprofit has eight locations and serves a 19-county area — from Lake of the Woods to Pope counties and Clay to Crow Wing counties. In 2017, RMCEP initiated an innovative pilot...
Moorhead Business Association Let’s Talk Business Breakfast Event Recap

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

At Wednesday’s Moorhead Business Association Let’s Talk Business breakfast event we heard from Aaron Johnson and Theresa Hazeman of the Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program (Rural MnCEP).  They talked first about the history of their organization.  The Rural MnCEP was founded in 1968 under the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act.  Since then the organization was combined with the Workforce Center and has been compounded with other organizations that provide a variety of employment services.  The Rural MnCEP has 12 employees and is governed by a board of directors. Johnson and Hazeman talked about some of the programs that their organization offers,...
Integrating New Americans into the workforce

Monday, June 26, 2017

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 the future. A recent report from the University of Minnesota, “Immigrants and Minnesota’s Workforce,” asserts recent immigrants are uniquely positioned to fill gaps in the workforce. But integrating immigrants into the workforce can be tricky. Moorhead and Fargo have become popular cities for secondary migration of families that initially settled elsewhere in...
Employment services site set up at public library

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Job seekers have a new ally. Scott Piepkorn, an employment counselor with Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program (CEP), will offer free assistance two days a week. As of May 30, he has set up "a mobile workforce site" at the Park Rapids Area Library. Rural Minnesota CEP is a private, non-profit corporation that provides job development services in north-central and west-central Minnesota. Its mission is to help individuals find, get and keep jobs and grow in their careers. The agency also help employers find and keep workers. Click here for the complete article.
Keeping up with workplace trends

Monday, May 22, 2017

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 to keep up with the latest workplace trends. As part of this effort, Executive Director Dan Wenner attended a National Association of Workforce Boards conference in Washington, D.C. this spring with board members Carol Anderson and Janet Green. While in D.C., the CEP group visited with Representatives Collin Peterson and Rick...
Rising Demand for Home-Based Care

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

As the population ages, industries that provide home care for older adults and people with disabilities will be in greater demand.  Two of those industries – home health care services and services for the elderly and persons with disabilities – are already experiencing growth. The number of businesses in the home health care services sector tripled in the state between 2000 and 2015, while establishments in the services for the elderly and persons with disabilities industry grew by about more than 150 percent.  The home health care services industry provides skilled nursing care in the home, including personal care, homemaker and companion...
New Normal in the Labor Market

Thursday, May 04, 2017

While it didn’t get a lot of attention, Minnesota’s annual unemployment rate finished below 4 percent in both 2015 and 2016, according to a story by Dave Senf in the March issue of Trends magazine.  Why is that worth noting? Because Minnesota has seen only four periods in the last 70 years when annual unemployment finished below 4 percent in successive years, with the longest unbroken string occurring from 1995 to 2001.  One thing makes this period different from the others, though. While economic booms drove the three previous sub-4 percent labor markets, slowing labor force growth is the key factor this...
Successful Spring Job Fairs

Monday, May 01, 2017

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 interview skills. We also organize job fairs to bring businesses and potential employees together. Job Fairs are advantageous for both employers and job seekers because they streamline the hiring process. The face-to-face networking that occurs is valuable for everyone involved. Workers don’t have to apply to countless jobs without any direct...
In the Know: Fueling the 'workforce engine'

Thursday, April 27, 2017

In May, 591 students will become graduates of Alexandria Technical and Community College and will begin a new chapter in their lives. Most of the graduates will go directly into the regional workforce, while some will continue their education. The college's job placement rate of more than 98 percent speaks to the quality of ATCC graduates and the key role they play in the state of Minnesota's and the region's "workforce engine." In addition, ATCC has the fourth highest graduation rate in the nation for public two-year colleges. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development projects that by 2020, more...
Workforce Diversity in Minnesota

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

In a first-of-its-kind study, DEED reached out to Minnesota employers last year to better understand how they are approaching workforce diversity.  Generally, the study found that larger employers (those with 250 or more workers) are more actively trying to increase racial diversity in their workforces than smaller employers (those with fewer than 50 workers).  Among the findings: 77 percent of large employers are trying to increase racial diversity in entry-level positions, compared with 29 percent of small employers.  78 percent of large employers are working to increase racial diversity in management, compared with 23 percent of smaller employers.  About 99 percent of those employing 250...
X Marks the Spot

Friday, April 14, 2017

As Minnesotans age, demand for x-ray technicians will increase. Radiologic technologists and technicians take x-rays at hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities. X-ray technicians have a long list of tasks beyond taking x-ray images. A radiologic technician: Operates the operation of radiologic and magnetic imaging equipment to produce photographs of the body for diagnostic purposes Operates mobile x-ray equipment Positions the imaging equipment and adjusts controls to set exposure time and distance Positions the patient on the examining table and adjusts equipment to obtain the optimum view of specific the body area(s) requested by the physician Explains procedures and observes patients to ensure safety and comfort Monitors the use...
Minnesota added 3,800 jobs in February; unemployment rate holds at 4%

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Unemployment rate is 4 percent for the seventh straight month.  Minnesota employers are off to a slow hiring start in 2017, as new data confirmed a swing in momentum first signaled by the state economic agency. The state added 3,800 jobs last month and the unemployment rate held at 4 percent for the seventh straight month, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development said in its preliminary February report. The agency also revised its reading from January to a loss of 3,900 jobs from the loss of 8,300 jobs it made in a preliminary report on March 9. Put together, the agency...
Region Five Development Commission announces 2017 Board of Directors

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Region Five Development Commission has announced this year's board of directors, along with the newest members to the Commission. The 2017 Board of Directors includes David Anderson, Wadena County Municipalities, Board Chair; Barb Becker, Todd County Commissioner, Vice Chair; Duane Johnson, Morrison County Commissioner, Secretary; Craig Nathan, Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program/Special Interests, Treasurer; Sheldon Monson, Wadena County Commissioner, Director; Rosemary Franzen, Crow Wing County Commissioner, Director; John Benson, Cass County Town Boards, Director. Click here for the complete article.
Rural Minnesota CEP News & Events

Monday, January 30, 2017

For all the latest news articles and event postings, Rural Minnesota CEP brings forth a comprehensive list of news articles that shows first-hand the efforts of the organization so that you are up-to-date. The events portal provides upcoming and future events that Rural Minnesota CEP is publicizing. In addition, there is a Resource Library on the website that archives many different news articles and resources that would be helpful for your needs. For more information on the upcoming events or to become informed on the latest news, please click here:
Dislocated Worker Program

Monday, January 23, 2017

For workers facing a layoff, for employers considering a layoff, and for other counseling and services, the State of Minnesota has a Dislocated Worker Program that may be of a benefit for you. Layoffs are always challenging for all sides, but the Dislocated Worker Program is here to assist the employee and the employer. This program works to find a new suitable job at no cost if you were laid off through no fault of your own. This program also assists in providing on-site services for your employees upon a large-scale layoff or plant shutdown. Rural Minnesota CEP provides many services...
Transitional Internship Program

Monday, January 16, 2017

Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. will use grant funds provided for the Transitional Internship program to provide high quality work-sites to introduce career pathways, increase exposure to in-demand jobs important to the local economy and promote the skill acquisition in academics, 21st century skills, and work readiness competencies. Candidates who would like to participate in the internship program will need to meet eligibility requirements, but also pass a selection process. Rural Minnesota CEP plans to develop a 160-hour internships that link transition-aged youth to employers. For more information, please contact Rural Minnesota CEP by clicking here:
Bridging Career Pathways

Monday, January 09, 2017

The Bridging to Career Pathways program was designed to provide skills training, paid internships, on-the-job training and job development for approximately 75 adult participants who are over the age of 18 and who face many barriers to employment. A key strategy for the $300,000 two-year budget will be to provide individual skill-building activities to address inadequate language, math, life or basic work skills. When participants complete this training, there will be an industry-recognized credential, diploma or certificate provided. Progress will be monitored closely by one of the Rural Minnesota CEP case managers. For more information regarding this competitive grant, please contact...
Career Advising in the High Schools

Monday, January 02, 2017

Career guidance and counseling programs aim to assist students in making more informed and better educational and career choices. In a growing program, Rural Minnesota CEP provides students with career guidance services including: career exploration, career planning, and other services aimed at preparing youth for post secondary plans.  These plans can include continuing with their educational studies or quickly entering the workforce. Providing career advising and counseling before students leave high school is critical in a young person’s life. For more information on career advising in high schools, please contact Rural Minnesota CEP by clicking here:
Give Yourself a Hand

Friday, December 30, 2016

Make staying healthy and fit a priority for you during stressful times like a job search. Many studies have shown that exercise and eating right are among the best ways to combat stress, increase your stamina and maintain healthy self-esteem. Here are some tips for staying healthy during a job search. Click here for the complete article.
Job Seekers: Don't Miss This Critical Step

Friday, December 30, 2016

Many job seekers put so much of themselves on succeeding in the job interview that they overlook a key element that comes right after the interview — writing thank-you letters to each person you interact with during your visit with the employer. It’s a vital post-interview step, according to Creative Job Search. Here are tips to help you write successful, effective interview thank-you letters. Click here for the complete article.
Prognosis is in for Physical Therapists

Friday, December 30, 2016

Each year millions of Americans – newborns to seniors – receive physical therapy services. Physical therapists help injured or ill people improve their movement and manage their pain. Physical Therapists are often an important part of the rehabilitation, treatment, and prevention team treating patients with chronic conditions, illnesses, or injuries, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook. The goal is to help people regain their ability to complete functional activities associated with daily living. Strong demand for physical therapy services, in part from aging baby boomers and those with chronic conditions such as obesity and diabetes, will drive occupational growth in every...
Youthbuild Program

Monday, December 26, 2016

The Youthbuild Program at our Moorhead office specializes in job training for youth and young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 who are considered at-risk. The program focuses on developing trade skills, academic skills and leadership. A unique requirement of the Youthbuild Program requires that any work projects must result in the expansion or improvement of residential units for homeless persons and low income families or social service, educational, or health facilities that serve these populations. Communities benefit through the tangible construction of real projects and the participants benefit from on-the-job training. For more information regarding this program, please...
Minnesota Family Investment Program

Monday, December 19, 2016

The Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) is a program designed for low-income families with children. The goal of this program is to assist families to become self-sufficient through work. This program requires those applying for cash assistance to participate in a program that helps individuals prepare for work, reducing their need for public assistance. The MFIP program helps families become  economically stable through a combination of work, skills training, and supportive assistance.  For more information regarding this program, please contact the Rural Minnesota CEP by clicking here:  
Minnesota Youth Program

Monday, December 12, 2016

The Minnesota Youth Program consists of different elements such as: paid work experience, coordination with summer school classes and working, leadership development opportunities, mentoring, and limited supporting services. The goal of the program is to provide each youth with a working experience that cultivates a positive and healthy learning environment during the summer months. Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. provides this experience for those who are between the ages of 14 and 24, meet certain income requirements, or be considered an at-risk youth. For more information on the Minnesota Youth Program or Rural Minnesota CEP, please click here:  
Transitional Internship Experience Success Story

Monday, December 05, 2016

As the first WIOA Out-Of-School Youth Program participant, Garrett became involved in the internship program in the March of 2016 after participating in other work training programs and services provided by Rural Minnesota CEP. Garrett created a resume, obtained his GED, and obtained a Silver level National Career Readiness Certificate. As a result of Garrett’s internship success, he was offered a position as a Computer Technician at the local high school. Garrett has since applied to the local community and technical college to pursue the Computer Programming A.A.S and is set to begin employment fall of 2016. While there are many...
Senior Employment Programs

Monday, November 28, 2016

Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. offers services for Senior Adults over the age of 55. This program is available to low-income individuals designed to support the employment through paid temporary work. Services include: skills assessment, development an employment plan, work experience and on-the-job experience, job search and job placement. Rural Minnesota CEP is dedicated to providing high quality and effective services through the Northwest Minnesota region. For more information on the Senior Community Service Employment Program or to contact the Rural Minnesota CEP, please click here:  

Monday, November 21, 2016

“Thank you! Without the help from CEP I would not be financially independent ~ RK” “The CEP program is great and got me back on my feet again. I want to thank everyone involved for helping me. ~ AO”. “Thank you for your guidance, support, and vision in helping with my career. ~ JH” “There is no way I could’ve been successful without your program. Thank you! ~ LV” Those are just a few of the many positive testimonials provided to the Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program, inc. staff have received over the organization’s lifetime due to the continued action of...
Public Assistance Employment and Training Program

Monday, November 14, 2016

Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. is eager to assist and provide high-quality and effective employment services to people who are receiving Minnesota Family Investment Program services or are receiving Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program services. Services include assessment, career planning and counseling, developing an employment plan, placement assistance, and referrals. Participants in Public Assistance Employment and Training Programs will work with a specialized job counselor to achieve their employment goals. For more information on this program or any other program or service offered by Rural Minnesota CEP, please click here:
National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)

Monday, November 07, 2016

The National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is a comprehensive system that helps individuals gain the skill businesses need through a national credential platform. This credential offers a standardized approach to recognizing the value of these skills to job success. Employers need reliable methods of measuring skillsets to hire qualified people, job seekers need to provide an understanding of their skillset, and educators need to see which skills employers require and which skills job seekers lack in today’s working environment. The NCRC looks at three essential skills (1) reading for information, (2) applied mathematics, and (3) locating information. The three certificate levels...
Rural Minnesota CEP Youth Services Program

Monday, October 31, 2016

Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program, Inc., provides a list of services available throughout the region for youths to utilize. Through the creation of area partners, local education providers, health and human service providers, Job Corps, community based organizations, foster care, faith-based organizations, and many other organizations and agencies, the Rural Minnesota CEP Youth Counselors are well-trained and understand the needs and concerns for the youth to be successful. Rural Minnesota CEP focuses on developing at-risk youth with a plan to complete high school and develop a career plan, while providing hands-on experience. For more information the Youth Services provided by the...
Rural Minnesota CEP – a regional organization

Monday, October 24, 2016

Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. is a private, non-profit corporation that provides programs and services to 19 different counties in Northwest Minnesota. Counties that benefit from this services are as follows: Lake of the Woods, Beltrami, Clearwater, Mahnomen, Hubbard, Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Wadena, Todd, Becker, Clay, Wilkin, Otter Tail, Grant, Douglas, Pope, Stevens, and Traverse. Rural Minnesota CEP plays a vital role in the economic and financial health of the businesses and communities with in the region. As a way to be proactive and effective, the mission of Rural Minnesota CEP is to be a leader in workforce development...
Rural Minnesota CEP Business Services

Monday, October 17, 2016

Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. provides business services for on-the-job training, referrals, job fairs, interview space, and retention and soft skill counseling. Currently, there are no fees for the services rendered to assist businesses. Rural Minnesota CEP will retain the employer partaking in adult or youth work training and will pay the wage for the temporary work assignment. Rural Minnesota CEP will also work with the business to provide opportunities to give back to the community through mentoring and job shadowing programs. Rural Minnesota CEP is designed to offer a variety of services to improve employment situations.  For more information...
Rural Minnesota CEP

Monday, October 10, 2016

Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. has assisted individuals in realizing their employment dreams for over forty eight years. Connecting job seekers with employers allows individuals, businesses, and communities to meet their economic goals. The ability for Rural Minnesota CEP to create valuable relationships with area employers allows for communities and educational institutions to shape work skills to create an environment for an easier re-entry into the workforce. Rural Minnesota CEP understands and maintains the idea that with an ever changing economic landscape, programs and services must also be ever evolving to provide a high quality and effective service. Contact Rural...
Rural Minnesota CEP Workforce Development Services

Monday, October 03, 2016

Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. offers a variety of services to assist an individual to enter the workforce by finding a new career or new employment. Rural Minnesota CEP provides adults age 18 and over who are either underemployed, unemployed, or recent graduates the ability to reach their employment goals. Rural Minnesota CEP also provides dislocated worker services for ages 18 and over that have been laid off or unemployed for over 15 weeks. Whether you are a recent graduate, unemployed, a laid-off worker, a senior adult, or underemployed, the dedicated staff at Rural Minnesota CEP can assist you. For...
Compare Minnesota Gets a Makeover

Thursday, September 29, 2016

It’s always been a breeze for site selectors and businesses to see how Minnesota compares with other states using the Compare Minnesota tool. Compare Minnesota is the comprehensive online tool comparing Minnesota’s economy and population to a single state or a collection of states. Click here for the complete article.
Minnesota Awarded $2.5 Million to Improve Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Minnesota was one of six states selected for federal grants totaling $14.9 million to improve employment opportunities for adults and youth with disabilities. The U.S. Department of Labor awarded Minnesota $2.5 million under the federal Disability Employment Initiative. The grant will be managed by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), which offers programs and services to help people with disabilities find employment and live independently. Other states that were awarded funding under the federal initiative were California, Connecticut, Idaho, Massachusetts and Maryland. Click here for the complete article.
Workforce Development: Helping Your Business Zoom

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Having a strong pool of talent to hire from helps businesses zip ahead. Likewise, companies that struggle to fill openings with qualified candidates are at risk of running on empty. That’s why workforce development is so important – and why Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed September Workforce Development Month. “Strengthening the talent pool is a critical part of the workforce development equation,” said Rick Caligiuri, director of DEED’s Unemployment Insurance Program and interim director of DEED’s Employment and Training Programs Division. Click here for the complete article.
DEED Awards $250,000 to Help Youth Prepare for Careers

Friday, June 17, 2016

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) awarded $250,000 to 13 groups statewide to help high school students explore and prepare for careers. The grants were awarded through the agency’s Office of Youth Development, which provides youth employment, training, and education programs and services. The new round of grants will fund career-planning programs that serve youth underrepresented in the workforce primarily from racial, ethnic and at-risk communities. “These programs will help young people get the information and skills they need to make their career dreams a reality,” said DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy. “This is not only important for their future...
CEP Receives grant for youth.

Monday, July 13, 2015

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) awarded a two-year, $250,000 grant to the Detroit Lakes office of the Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment (CEP) Program. Advertisement Advertisement According to Vicki Leaderbrand, director of operations and human resources for the local CEP office, the grant will bring in $125,000 for each of the two years of the project, to be used to help build a business internship program that will allow young people in the local office’s 19-county region to gain valuable work skills and job experience. “We’re calling it TIE — Transitional Internship Experience,” she said. “We’re really looking at helping youth ages...
Unique Training Opportunity for Manufacturers Now Available Locally!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Rural Minnesota CEP, Inc. has partnered with Northwest Wisconsin CEP, Inc.  to provide FREE safety training, education, and assistance for rural workers and employers in wood product and other manufacturing industries such as food production and packaging, agriculture, textiles, metal processing, tire and rubber manufacturing plants and paper products in regard to Combustible Dust Safety and Health.  This training can be provided on-site! Every year, workplace fires and explosions from combustible dust cause an average of 7 fatalities and 35 injuries. This combustible dust explosion hazard exists in a variety of industries, including wood, furniture, textiles, and fossil fuel power generation and many others.  Let’s...
State Senator Visits RMCEP

Thursday, October 16, 2014

  Minnesota State Senator Carrie Ruud recently visited our Brainerd office.  In her newletter she states: "This morning I attended an event at Brainerd Workforce Development Center for the Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program (CEP). We discussed current workforce development and unemployment issues in our region. RMCEP is the employment and training center and contacts with Cass and Crow Wing Counties to deliver the Minnesota Family Investment Program MFIP, Diversionary Work Program DWP, and Supplemental Nutrition Program SNAP. They also provide Workforce Investment Act (WIA) services to employers and job seekers and assist dislocated workers to return to the labor force. Additionally...

Thursday, October 09, 2014

RMCEP announces the appointment of Michelle Colvert of Moorhead and John Tormanen of Park Rapids to the Workforce Investment Board (Workforce Council).  The Workforce Council has administrative, planning, and oversight responsibilities for employment and training programs in RMCEP's 19-county service area. Michelle Colvert is an Employment Representative with Creative Care for Reaching Independence in Moorhead.  John Tormanen is the Director of Mission and Human Resources with CHI St. Joseph's Health in Park Rapids.  Both members posses a strong background in human resources with an excellent understanding of the workforce needs and challenges of our service area.  Welcome Ms. Colvert and Mr....
Youth RFP

Monday, June 30, 2014

Public Service Announcement Terry Janes, Director of Operations Rural Minnesota CEP, Inc. 218-846-7400                                                                                                       RMCEP RELEASES REQUEST FOR COMPETITIVE PROPOSALS FOR YOUTH SERVICES   Workforce Investment Act Competitive Proposal Request for Proposal: Youth Workforce Investment Training   Rural Minnesota CEP, Inc. – the management entity representing the WSA 2 WIB – is soliciting proposals for value-added Youth services utilizing funds at its disposal from the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth Programs Area to be served: eligible out of school youth (ages 17 – 21) from the 19 county Rural Minnesota CEP Workforce Service area The intent of this request for proposals is to fund a minimum of one project in each...
Workforce Council

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Rural Minnesota CEP, Inc. has an opening on its Workforce Council for a private sector employer.  Applications will be accepted through July 11, 2014.  The Workforce Council develops strategy for area workforce development programs.  This is a volunteer position.  Council members are paid per diem and reimbursed for travel expenses.  To request information, e-mail Gail McKenzie at Workforce Council Application Form
Rural Minnesota at Work!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Rural Minnesota at Work!   Adult Competitive Grant Rural Minnesota CEP, Inc. (RMCEP) has been involved in sector work since 2007 when the agency focused on identified key industry clusters through its Framework for Integrated Strategies (FIRST) Grant. Building on this work, RMCEP is currently utilizing its Adult Competitive Grant to train low-income and long-term unemployed individuals for jobs in the manufacturing and wholesale trade and trucking sectors.  Skills training is provided through classroom training, paid internships and On-the-Job Training.  
'Made in Minnesota' Directory Showcases Local Manufacturers

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Article By: James Warden   Patch’s interactive map highlights Minnesota companies featured in a database that connects companies with neighboring businesses.   Those “Made in the U.S.A.” tags just got a little more local.   The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development has put together a Made in Minnesota directory that showcases manufacturers in the Land of 10,000 Lakes “who make everything from food products and textiles to fabricated metals, machinery, computers and electronics,” according to DEED. The goal of the supply chain database is to help companies get together with other businesses in their own communities, regions and state.   The map above shows the locations...
Job Openings in Headwaters Region Up 45 Percent; But Job Seekers Outnumber Full-Time Openings 6-1

Monday, December 02, 2013

JOBS NOW Coalition Job Vacancy FACT SHEET—October 2013 Job Openings in Headwaters Region Up 45 Percent; But Job Seekers Outnumber Full-Time Openings 6-1 Job openings in the Headwaters Region grew 45 percent from one year ago, according to the updated Job Vacancy Survey from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.*  Of Minnesota’s thirteen economic regions, the Headwaters Region showed the second largest increase in job openings over the last year.** But 39 percent of all job openings in the region are temporary or seasonal, and65 percent of all openings are part-time.  With 3,100 unemployed job seekers competing for only 500 full-time job...
Matching Jobs with Training

Monday, December 02, 2013

  Matching Jobs With Training Workforce development programs generally link their training to fields that need workers, such as health care and precision manufacturing. After all, it doesn’t make sense to train people for occupations that don’t have any openings. In a story in the latest issue of Trends magazine, Jenny Bendewald and Rachel Vilsack looked at one training program, DEED’s Dislocated Worker Program, to find out how well it succeeded at placing people in jobs related to their training. Their findings showed that about half the people who participated in the program over a 13-year period found job matches. The percentage of matches...
Regional Career Advising!

Monday, December 02, 2013

Access to sound career counseling, including knowledge of demand occupations, is vital to assisting youth in making well-informed career choices.  Currently there is little career planning and career pathway counseling and/or instruction available to high school students.  RMCEP has been providing Career Advising services for the past several years in a few targeted high schools.  Based on the positive results of the Career Advisor services offered in the targeted high schools, we have been asked to expand Career Advising to a broader consortium of high schools. As a result, RMCEP applied for and was granted a $120,000 Otto Bremer Foundation award...
Collaboration on Welding Training

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Rural Minnesota CEP, along with Northwest Private Industry Council and M-State Community and Technical College, have collaborated to bring the mobile welding trailer to Fosston.  This multi-Workforce Service Area sponsored  program is providing an opportunity for businesses and job seekers in rural northwest Minnesota.   Current welding training opportunities within our expanded region are generally limited to semester based programs. While these programs are essential, the traditional scheduling can pose a barrier to individuals who are unable to commit to a longer term training. The accelerated pace of the portable welding training provided through the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Low Income...
Rural Minnesota CEP

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Dan Wenner (DETROIT LAKES)   Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (RMCEP) held their joint Board of Directors and Workforce Council meeting this week in Ottertail. RMCEP is a private, non-profit partner in the Minnesota Workforce System. Dan Wenner, the Executive Director of RMCEP, informed attendees about their successes over the past year in providing services to people seeking jobs and employers seeking trained workers. Their service area encompasses 19 counties across northwest Minnesota.   Click here for more information on Rural Minnesota CEP, Inc.
Beating the Odds in Wilkin County

Monday, October 28, 2013

An client on MFIP is working her way off the system with the help of RMCEP job counselors.  Ashely Kiser is a single working mother of four who grew up on welfare assistance.  Although Kiser was born and lives with a brain tumor and suffers from a number of other serious health issues, she had no interest in applying for disability insurance.  As part of MFIP, this strong-willed woman is getting help from RMCEP, which contracts employment and training services with Wilkin County. In the past year, she has obtained her GED and her CNA certificate.  She is currently employed in...
RMCEP Joins Broad Effort to Observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

RMCEP today announced its participation in National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. The history of National Disability Employment Awareness Month traces back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week." In 1962, the word "physically" was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988,...
Forbes: MN Ranks No. 8 in "Best States for Business"

Friday, September 27, 2013

Article By: CBS Minnesota  |  WCCO   MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota has been ranked eighth on the “Forbes 2013 List of the Best States for Business,” which is a jump of 12 spots from last year, according to the publication. Forbes says Minnesota’s overall 2013 ranking was the biggest improvement of any state in the eighth-annual study. The study looks at six key metrics: costs, labor supply, regulatory environment, current economic climate, growth prospects and quality of life. In those metrics, Minnesota ranked fifth in quality of life, ninth in economic climate, 13th in growth prospects, 18th in labor supply, 22nd in regulatory environment...
Job Vacancies Hit 12-Year High in Second Quarter

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Article By: Positively Minnesota   Minnesota employers report 72,570 openings, up 15.3 percent from a year ago   ST. PAUL – Job vacancies in Minnesota climbed to their highest level in 12 years in the second quarter, with employers reporting 72,570 openings, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Vacancies were up 15.3 percent from the same period a year ago, when employers reported nearly 63,000 openings. There were 2.1 unemployed people for each vacancy during the quarter, compared with 2.6 unemployed people per vacancy a year earlier. “This increase in job vacancy numbers offers fresh evidence that the...
Summit and Showcase 2013-Falling into Action!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Summit and Showcase 2013 – Falling into Action! Date: Friday, October 11, 2013 Time: 9:30 AM Venue: Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Detroit Lakes Campus, Detroit Lakes, MN Minnesota Northwest Region Transition Partners Present: A Summit and Showcase to Educate Practitioners Supporting Students and Clients in Transition to Postsecondary Education and Career Success Feature Presentation: Behind the Curtain - What is the Work of the Wizards?: Get the big picture view of past, present and future 'systems change' to support improved transition strategies. What are the data revealing? What are the lessons learned? Participants will interact with the presenters discussing the 'on the ground' view of...
Career Advising Services

Monday, August 26, 2013

RMCEP has been awarded a second year of a grant by the Otto Bremer Foundation to offer career advising for students enrolled in the Brainerd High School.  The goal of this holistic effort is to assist students establish quality career goals that will expedite entry into occupations in demand.  Partners include the Brainerd School District, Central Lakes College, the Bridges Career Academy and the Bridges Workplace Connection.
Family Development Certification

Monday, August 26, 2013

RMCEP is leading the way with a strength-based holistic approach to assisting our Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) families reach their true self-sufficiency and full potential.  We are aproviding the nationally recongized Family Development Training and Credentialing program (FDC) to our job counselirs.  This professional development course was developed at Cornell Univeristy and will enable our frontline MFIP job cousenlors to learn and practice the skills of strength-based family support systems.  At RMCEP, we are here to support our clients and their families by partnering with them to reach their professional goals.
Mobile Welding Training

Monday, August 26, 2013

RMCEP, in partnership with Minnesota State Community & Technical College (M-State), just completed its first course in providing 160 hours of tailroed welding trianing to low-income workers.  This training is being conducted on location through a self-contained welding trailer.  It is specific to the needs of the individual or manufacturere which includes stick welding, MIG and TIG welding, oxygen-acetylene plasma cutting, and alumimum welding.  The course is designed to prepare the students to pass the American Welding Certification examination.  To additional cohorts are planned, one in the Little Falls area, and the other to be determined.  This innovative and needed...
Rural MN CEP, Workforce Center now own building they call home

Friday, April 26, 2013

Article By: Brian Basham   |   Detroit Lakes Online   Rural Minnesota CEP and the Minnesota Workforce Center in the Roosevelt Building in Detroit Lakes officially opened the newly remodeled doors to the building that they now own Thursday morning with an open house and program. CEP Executive Director Dan Wenner said the plans to buy a building for CEP have been in the works since the board considered the topic in 2008. After considering several different locations, the board decided to negotiate for the purchase of the Roosevelt Building, which took several months, he said. The building was bought in 2010 with a loan...
DEED Deputy Commissioner to speak at RMCEP Open House April 18 in Detroit Lakes

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

All are welcome to attend the Open House at the Detroit Lakes center on April 18th from 9:00 to 11:00 am.  Ribbon cutting and program to begin at 10:00 am.  Speakers include DEED Deputy Commissioner Cynthia Bauerly, Andrew Martin from Senator Amy Klobuchar's offce, Valerie Gravseth from Senator Al Franken's office, Carrie Johnston of the DL Chamber of Commerce, Carol Anderson of the Workforce Council, Janet Green of the Board of Directors and others. The building was recently remodeled and now houses the WorkForce Center.  We would like you to see the results!  Light refreshments will be served. We look forward...
Your Future, Your Job Fair April 18th 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Your Future, Your Job Fair  Thursday April 18th from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm. Come dressed to impress! RMCEP is hosting a Job Fair at the WorkForce Center in Detroit Lakes at 803 Roosevelt Ave.  Bring your resume and come ready to interview......local employers are hiring! For more information, contact the Workforce Center at 218-847-7377
RMCEP Awarded MSJP Grant for Mobile Welding Training

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

RMCEP was awarded a $99,000 grant from Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) to provide a mobile welding training lab In partnership with MN State Community & Technical College (M State), RMCEP will provide a tailored welding training program to low-income unemployed, underemployed and incumbent workers that will focus on honing current skills or initiating a pathway into manufacturing careers.  In preparation for this project, RMCEP surveyed manufacturers in their service region who indicated a shortage of skilled welders and a need for blueprint reading skills.  Needed support services and work readiness assistance will be provided via other program funding sources...
RMCEP Named Among TOP High-Impact Workforce Development Non-Profits in MNSights

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

RMCEP named among top non-profits in workforce development in Minnesota. In the Spring 2012 edition of MNSights, the magazine for Minnesota Philantropists, RMCEP ranked in the top 18 Minnesota non-profits that are helping our state's workforce move in the right direction.  Minnesota Philanthropy Partners teamed with Philantropedia to conduct a survey asking local experts which workforce-related nonprofits are having significant impact in the state.  MNSights suggests that if you, as an investor, are considering organizations to support or as an emplouer, looking to find a pool of candidates for your next hire, to consider Rural Minnesota CEP.  For more information on this...
RMCEP named Provider of the Year

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

RMCEP received the Provider of the Year award at the statewide Job Seeker Counselor Conference from the Department of Employment and Economc Development.  Anthony Alongi, Director of Dislocated and Trade Adjustment services stated that "this award is based on RMCEP's demonstrated commitment to quality customer service and responsibility with taxpayer investments.  ...You generate strong results in a large area of the state that includes some truly challenging economic and demongraphic trends.  Congratulations RMCEP!
Board of Directors

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Rural Minnesota CEP, Inc. is looking for an at-large member for its Board of Directors.  The purpose of the Board of Directors is to approve local plans, act as the grant recipient and administrative entity for funds received, approve a one-stop operator and year round youth program service provider, and share monitoring and oversight responsibilities with the local Workforce Development Board.  This is a volunteer position.  An honorarium is provided for meeting attendance.  Members are also reimbursed for mileage and other travel expenses.  The deadline for submitting applications is 5:00 p.m., Friday, September 23, 2016.  To request additional information, email...
Public Comment on Draft Plan

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

PUBLIC NOTICE ANNOUNCEMENT PUBLIC NOTICE to submit the 2016-2017 Workforce Annual Plan for the utilization of State and Federal Employment and Training Funds in Local Workforce Development Area 2 (LWDA2).    LWDA 2 encompasses the following counties: Becker, Beltrami, Cass, Clay, Clearwater, Crow Wing, Douglas, Grant, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Morrison, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Todd, Traverse, Wadena and Wilkin. Services will be provided to employers, job seekers and workers through one-stop shopping at local WorkForce Centers. The operator of the centers is a partnership consisting of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), Rural Minnesota CEP (RMCEP),...
Who will be the Leaders in West Central Minnesota?

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  West Central Leadership Academy  Many residents of rural Minnesota are looking around and asking who will fill leadership rolls in their community.  Along with other partners, RMCEP is actively participating in the West Central Leadership Community to develop future community leaders.  For more information, click here    
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Minnesota gains 5,900 jobs in September

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Minnesota employers added 5,900 jobs in September, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The agency said the unemployment rate dropped 0.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted 5.8 percent, well below the U.S. rate of 7.8 percent in September. Last month's job gains combined with new figures from August - revised from 2,000 jobs lost during the month to 700 jobs lost - bring job gains in the state over the past year to about 34,700. Total jobs in Minnesota have grown by 1.3 percent in the past year, compared with a 1.4 percent growth...
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Career and Technical Education: Five Ways that Pay

Saturday, September 01, 2012

In the United States, postsecondary education and training has become more necessary than ever. For recent high school graduates, life is tough. In the past year, one in four young high school graduates was unemployed and over half were underemployed. In the past decade, recent high school graduates' wages have fallen by 12 percent to just $19,400 annually in 2011, below the poverty threshold for a family of four. As jobs that require only high school or less have disappeared, postsecondary education and training on the job and in schools have become the gateways to the middle class. Most postsecondary education...
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'Brain Gain' study: People in 30s, 40s still moving to rural Minnesota

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The movement of people in their 30s and 40s into some rural areas that otherwise have declining populations has continued in recent years, a new University of Minnesota Extension study shows. "While we lose the kids, we gain the people aged 30 to 49 and a lot of these people coming into our rural communities are arriving with high levels of education, with earning power, with experience and with children," Winchester said. "It's counterintuitive." Click here to read the full article on the MN Public Radio website »
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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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