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Workforce Development, Inc. - The power of work
Workforce Development, Inc. - The power of work
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Workforce Development Incorporated

 

2009 – 2017

1983 – 2008 “The First 25 Years”

  • 2008
    • Served an estimated 6,168 adult participants – 7th year in a row of over 6,000 served
    • Annualized ROI 763%
    • Distributed 24 WIA Youth Scholarships and 22 Adult WIA Scholarships
    • Formed an alliance of key stakeholders in the 11 county area of southeastern MN to establish a Framework for Integrative Strategies (FIRST) – $50,000 grant
    • Joined a major 30 county collaborative of southern MN stakeholders, led by AgStar and RUPRI, to help align resources in the rural/branded region
    • Acted as a pilot for the Continuous Community Communication” (C-3) project, that helped map career planning resources for youth, electronically – noted nationally as a “Best Practice”
    • “Employer of Choice” awards replaced with “SE MN Best Places to Work” awards” – 5 awardees
    • Brian Coleman was honored with the “Employee of the Year” Award
  • 2007
    • Received National Emergency Grant for flood victims
    • Recognized by the National Workforce Association as the “Best Rural Workforce Development and One-Stop System in the Nation”
    • Annual ROI of 723%
    • Served over 6,000 adults
    • 35% of all staff in the “Circle of Excellence” group
    • Distributed some 30 scholarships to WIA qualified youth and adults
    • Inducted our second set of “Employer of Choice” awards – 5 awardees
    • Mary Eberlein is honored with the “Employee of the Year” Award
  • 2006
    • Inducted our first set of “Employer of Choice” awards – 4 awardees
    • Annual ROI of 720%
    • Served over 6,500 adults
    • Convened a consortium of regional MnSCU institutions
    • Customer Registration System established in our WorkForce Centers
    • Jinny Rietmann is honored with the “Employee of the Year” Award
  • 2005
    • Southeastern MN Workforce Investment Board and Winona County Workforce Council created “Southeast Minnesota: Preparing to Compete in the Age of Innovation” report
    • Annual ROI (Return on Investment) 577%
    • Served some 6,326 participants
    • Diane Pritchet is honored with the “Employee of the Year” Award
  • 2004
    • ROI > 600%
    • Served estimated 7,100 adults and 2,100 placed at an average of $11.26/hr
    • Convened a “summit” meeting of key representatives of the Information technology sector
    • National help desk for the IBM Corporation for Reading Recognition. Trained 100 nationally selected sites (Training session held in Rochester, New York and Dallas)
    • Became a certified evaluator for the Minnesota Council for Quality
    • Tim Dejardin is honored with Child Care Resource & Referral’s “Gerry Award”
    • Michelle Breamer is honored with the “Employee of the Year” Award
  • 2003
    • ROI – 548%
    • Ranked #1 in the State of MN for quarterly performance in achieving its workforce participation rate within the MFIP program
    • 34 career counselors completed their national certification
    • Met or exceeded all 12 WIA performance measures
    • Completed 5th labor market survey
    • Had our lead youth program staff selected as one of 30 in the nation to be a part of the Youth Leadership Institute
    • Expanded Broad to 33 members, 60% private business
    • Ed Duda is honored with the “Employee of the Year” Award
  • 2002
    • Served 6,715 participants
    • Served 1,106 different employers with placements
    • Highest average wage at placement for the adult programs $10.46/hr
    • ROI ≥500%
    • Acquired the Older Worker programs via subcontract from Three Rivers CAC
    • Recognized by NACO (National Association of County Organization) several times
    • Recognized for our Employer-Based Mentoring as one of top three “promising practices” in Minnesota
    • Jennifer Johnson is honored with the First “Employee of the Year” Award
  • 2001
    • 2nd Annual Workforce Development Conference
    • Journey 2001 Workplace Excellence – Recognized as having 2 of the top 9 projects in the country representing innovation and excellence
  • 2000
    • McKnight awarded WDI a second grant to continue services of mentoring, transportation, child care recruitment, vocational training and selected county specific programming. Funding for this round was $540,000
    • 1st Annual Workforce Development Conference
  • 1999
    • Functional Literacy funding to provide Workplace Literacy classes to the limited English speaking MFIP participants in Olmsted County – $38,650.
    • LIGGS (Local Intervention Grant for Self Sufficiency) to continue Workplace Literacy classes $125,786
    • Dislocated Worked Information Technology Demo grant
    • NACo (National Association of Counties) 1999 Awards of Excellence for exemplary workforce development programs – SE MN PIC Southeastern MN Business Mentorship Training project and SE MN PIC IBM Workplace Literacy program
    • Summary of 1999 Labor Market Survey Results released
  • 1998
    • WDI and Olmsted Housing and Redevelopment Authority were awarded a grant from HUD for $750,000. WDI was to provide additional services to the MFIP residents located in specific public housing units (case mgmt, literacy training, basic skills training, computer training and occupational training)
    • Awarded 2 two-year grants by McKnight Foundation to develop services that were needed to fill the gaps for the welfare reform program. One grant for Olmsted County and the other for the remaining 9 counties. Selected activities: mentoring, literacy training, transportation, vocational training, child care recruitment, housing and individual county issues. Funding was $1,211,186 for the two grants.
    • Enterprise Award – National award for outstanding dislocated working programming
    • PEPNet Award – for Youth programming
    • NACO Partnership award
    • US West lab opens (JTC)
  • 1997
    • Theodore Small Award for Outstanding Private Industry Council in the nation
    • 2nd Southern MN On-Air Job Fair – October 22
    • Randy Johnson became the Executive Director
  • 1996
    • Initiative Fund Collaboration Award
    • IBM Partnership Award
    • 1st Southern MN On-Air Job Fair – October 23
  • 1995
    • J C Penney Volunteer Award to Job Training Center Carpentry Instructor
    • 1994-95 Labor Market Survey released
    • JTC NCA Accreditation
    • Rochester Off Campus (ROC) school started – January
  • 1994
    • Southeastern MN Labor Market Survey released
    • JTC moved to lower level
    • Rochester Chamber of Commerce does 1st paid internship (JTC)
  • 1993
    • IBM Dislocated Worker Project
    • Natural Disaster Employment Program
    • JOBS 2000 Federal Grant secured (JTC)
    • Mary Charlson elected first JTC Board Chair
  • 1992
    • Job Training Center established
    • Co-location of all PIC Rochester Services (Administrative office, Rochester field office and Job Training Center)
    • Gene Mahn appointed Job Training Center (JTC) Manager
    • Job Training Center classes began – September 9
  • 1991
    • Community Needs assessment indicated gap in adult job training
    • Served over 5,00 participants
  • 1990
    • Dislocated Workers program: Farmstead
  • 1989
    • Dislocated Workers program for : Scotsman Ice, Land O’Lakes, Hudson Foods
  • 1988
    • Summer Youth Education Remediation Residential Project was established to serve 14 and 15 year old youth at-risk of dropping out of high school
    • Welfare Reform program begins
    • Youth Campus Connection established at 4 sites
  • 1987
    • Hormel Dislocated Worker program
  • 1986
    • Wage subsidy program transfer to PIC
    • Over 527 adults were placed in jobs
  • 1985
    • PIC begins Director Delivery of Services
    • Work Readiness program begins
  • 1984
    • February 6, 1984 Private Industry Council (PIC) was incorporated as a private, non-profit corporation 501(c)(3)
    • Staff Members:
      • Richard Harris, Executive Director
      • Gary Johnson, Fiscal/MIS Director
      • Bruce Bungum, Program Operations Monitor
      • Joan Wheeler/Linda Leth, Secretary/Receptionist
      • Karen Keller, Executive Secretary
      • Chuck Linville, Marketing Coordinator
      • Lynda Hyberger, Program Operations Monitor
  • 1983
    • June 1983 Private Industry Council began operations
    • Joint Powers Board formed (11 county Board)
    • 25 member PIC was formed
    • Began Service Delivery Area with Job Service and Contractors
  • 1982
    • Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) passed
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