Drive into the Greater Minnesota Job Fairs this Spring

Drive into the Greater Minnesota Job Fairs this Spring Main Photo

21 Apr 2021


Job fairs are a routine vehicle to help connect job seekers with hiring employers. BUt when COVID-19 interrupts the tried and true delivery method of putting the two groups together, alternative methods may be needed. That is exactly what Rural Minnesota CEP has done, offering a series of unique job fairs in the coming weeks through the Greater Minnesota Lakes Area Hiring Extravaganza!

Several locations in the Rural Minnesota CEP jurisdiction are hosting Drive-Thru and “Trunk-or-Treat” Job Fairs in the upcoming weeks. The Drive-Thru style indicates participants will not need to leave their vehicle to receive a bag of information and applications from area companies that are hiring. The “Trunk or Treat” Style allows participants to visit with local employers throughout several stops in the CareerForce parking lot, “masked-up” in a socially-distanced manner.

Trunk or Treat Style Outdoor Job Fair

Thursday April 29 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Little Falls CareerForce

609 13th Ave NE Suite G

For more information, call the Little Falls CareerForce at 320-232-2000 or email samanthaf@rmcep.

Greater Minnesota Lakes Area Hiring Extravaganza


Wednesday April 28 2:00pm to 4:3opm

Judicial Center Parking Lot, corner of Laurel & 4th St.

For more information, call 218-828-2450 or email

Bemidji (2 locations)

Thursday April 29 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Rural MInnesota CEP at Westridge CareerForce (by Home Depot)

2300 24th St, NW, Suite 106

For more information, call 218-444-0732 or email

Workforce Impact at CareerForce Downtown (by police station)

616 America Ave. NW, Suite 210

For more information, call 218-333-8200


Thursday April 29 8:am to 10:00am & 3:00pm to 6:00pm

124 1st St. SE, Suite 3

For more information, call 218-631-7660 or email

Outdoor Detroit Lakes Area Job Fair

Thursday, May 6, 2:00 to 5:30 PM

Bad weather alternate date will be Thursday, May 12th;  Call 218-846-7377 to verify

Detroit Lakes M State – Outdoors: East Parking Lot

Hwy 34 East, Detroit Lakes

Unique Services

Drive-thru job fairs are just one example of the unique services Rural Minnesota CEP takes to help local residents find employment. Rural Minnesota CEP’s job counselors know what employers are looking for in today’s workforce and are well-trained to provide for a range of groups. 


Rural Minnesota CEP specialized job counselors assist individuals at no charge with Career Planning, Skills Assessment, Job Seeking, Tuition assistance for training in a new career, Assistance with obtaining a GED or High School Diploma, and Assistance with obtaining a National Career Readiness Certificate. Specific employment programs provided include the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program and Diversionary Work Program (DWP). In addition, the organization helps prospective employees earn the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC), which helps individuals gain the skill businesses need by verifying core employability skills.

Seniors 55+

Rural Minnesota CEP offers special programming to low-income adults aged 55 and older. Services include skills assessment and developing an employment plan to support employment opportunities in community service activities through paid temporary work.


Rural Minnesota CEP offers a comprehensive set of employment and training services designed for at-risk youth which focuses on helping them complete high school and develop a career plan, while providing them with practical hands-on work experience opportunities. Rural Minnesota CEP partners with local education providers, health and human service providers. It provides programs like the WIOA Youth Program for youth aged 14 – 21, meet income guidelines, and have one or more barriers to employment success and the Mn Youth Program, which provides summer work experiences. 

For over fifty years, Rural Minnesota CEP Inc has been committed to improving the lives of people in Minnesota by preparing them for employment opportunities. Every year, Rural Minnesota CEP serves over thousands of enrolled clients and has an average of over 45,000 visits to the eight WorkForce Centers located within our service area. One toll available for Rural Minnesota CEP to achieve its goals is its Workforce Advancement Fund, with a goal of expanding service delivery to individuals within our nineteen county service area who have employment and training needs but do not qualify for current programs. The Workforce Advancement Fund is accepting donations to Invest In People!  Rural Minnesota CEP is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.  Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Those interested in making a donation can contact Nancy Bisek at 1-800-492-4804, or feel free to visit any of our eight workforce centers to learn more about Rural Minnesota CEP. Donations can be made payable to Rural Minnesota CEP and mailed to the following address:

Rural Minnesota CEP Inc

PO Box 1108

Detroit Lakes MN 56502-1108