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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, which serve youth, adults, and senior citizens.  They receive funding from the federal government and the state of Minnesota to fund county initiatives.  They also work with disabled workers.  There are a variety of services offered through Rural MnCEP.  At their resource center on 11th Street in Moorhead they have computers that can be used for resume building and job applications.  They perform mock interviews and assist with career planning, resume building, social media, and networking.  Employers can also post openings and conduct interviews at the resource center.

There are a variety of other programs offered, such as on the job training and short-term work training opportunities where MnCEP pays the employee wages.  Johnson and Hazeman also talked about their work with New Americans through the New American Job Fair and the increasing diversity of the FM Area.

Next week’s Let’s Talk Business breakfast will feature Megan Myrdal of Ugly Food of the North.

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I love my RN job

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

If it wasn't for RMCEP

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

I work full time now

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

financially independent

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


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

This program was awesome

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