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Success Stories

December 2015

12/18/15 Autumn

I came back to Austin to care for a very close family member. I was honored when my uncle asked to stay and help him for as long as I could. Without assistance from the WorkForce Center, I would not have enrolled into the Certified Nursing program. I would not be working in geriatrics or helping others life the last years of their lives comfortably, confidently and happy. With the help I received from the WorkForce Center, I am making the world a better place, one smile at a time.

July 2015

07/09/15 Chet

I'm from the area so I've known about these services from people around town. I was looking for more than just a job. Other agencies try to fill positions. The WorkForce Center tries to fill careers. Being able to use the Dislocated Worker program is the major reason things have worked out for me. The attention, help and services have been great. I could still be struggling to find a career. An extra resource to help find a job and put a pair of boots on my feet was a big help.

June 2015

06/18/15 Connie

I became a displaced worker and was without a Bachelor's Degree. I had a lot of experience in many areas, however, I felt that I needed some extra certification of training, or way to get on-the-job training in a career that would get me a salary like I had previously earned.

I researched getting a Business Administration or Management degree, but prior to enrolling, I found a perfect job opening that gave me the opportunity I was searching for!

My Career Counselor helped me revise my resume to help me stand out from the other applicants. We met regularly to work on moving forward with all of my options. The testing was very helpful; it really gave me peace of mind knowing that I was going in the right career path. Gas vouchers helped me get to several long-distance job interviews.

My Career Counselor was a real inspiration and gave me the support I needed when I needed it the most! Thank you!

August 2014

08/21/14 Mariana

The WorkForce Center helped me a lot. My career counselor helped me get through some very hard times in my life. I could always talk with her about anything. She was very understanding.

I have been working at my job for three months now. I get to meet a lot of new people, and I love my job very much. I am able to help take care of my family. The WorkForce Center is a good place to go for help.

July 2014

07/14/14 Larry

After relocating to Cannon Falls for a position at a local company, the company went out of business and my family and I were left high and dry. I received unemployment benefits and attended the University of Minnesota with assistance from the Red Wing WorkForce Center through the Dislocated Worker Program. I graduated with Honors, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with a 3.8 GPA.

Without the assistance from the WorkForce Center staff and especially my Career Counselor, I would not have been able to attend college and be offered an awesome position here in Red Wing. I am now earning a great salary with benefits

07/07/14 Diane P

I became unemployed after 33 years of employment. The Dislocated Worker program allowed me to gain additional skills through education. This is a wonderful program with wonderful staff. The WorkForce Center was a positive place to get support and encouragement during a time I would call a crisis in my life.

May 2014

05/22/14 Susie

I came to the WorkForce Center for help finding a job. What I was doing on my own wasn't working. Everyone was very helpful. My Career Counselor helped me create a resume and post it online. I attended classes for Dislocated Workers that were also very helpful. Without this assistance, I may not have had the confidence or the willingness to keep searching until I found a job.

April 2014

04/22/14 Kathy

I was having a hard time finding work after being laid off, and decided I needed to expand my skills. I knew that any training I received would open up additional opportunities by broadening the scope of my job search.

The Dislocated Worker program provided funding for Microsoft Windows Certification training. I have already gained employment because of the training I am taking.

March 2014

03/20/14 Job

I was laid off from my previous job during the recession. I heard about the WorkForce Center from other people who had also been laid off. I stopped in to visit, and the staff there helped me obtain my goals.

Without the assistance I received from the WorkForce Center, I would not have gone back to school. I am very happy that I did! I enjoy my new job much more than the old job. I also have more job security. I don't worry about being laid off again. Thank you to everyone at the WorkForce Center!

03/19/14 Tom

I was laid off after eleven years at my previous employer. I heard about training options available through the WorkForce Center and pursued them.

I was able to receive training through the Dislocated Worker program. My skills and my confidence increased with this training.

February 2014

02/06/14 Cheyanne

I was referred to the Preston, MN Workforce Development, Inc. Youth Program through my teacher. My dream job is to become a Veterinary Assistant. Through the Youth Program, I was able to work at a local veterinary clinic. I learned what a Veterinary Assistant does, including walking animals and cleaning kennels. I also learned the importance of coming to work on time. I now have a better understanding of what a Veterinary Assistant does.

02/06/14 Kindall

I was a young, single mother of two small children. I was having a hard time financially, and I really wanted to go to college to make a better future for myself and my children. I sought help to receive food and daycare assistance. I also started attending the WorkForce Center Job Search classes. Through the WorkForce Center, I learned how to put together a resume, practice for interviews and how to job search properly. My Career Counselor was very supportive and helpful. I found and worked two jobs through the WorkForce Center. I wouldn't hagve been able to work full-time or go to college without the generous help I received.

I believe I would not have many of the skills or tools I use today if I wouldn't have had the extra help and support. I do not think I would have finished my four-year degree. My future is bright, and I give credit to the WorkForce Center and my Career Counselor for my past and future success!

January 2014

01/08/14 Justin

I was a laid off millwright with no real prospects and no answers, and was rapidly running out of unemployment benefits. Things weren't looking good. I had been working for the same outfit for roughly four years, and although we always worked away from home, life was good because I was employed. One day in early 2009 we were told that we were laid off indefinitely and I was told to collect unemployment. Fast forward to being bummed out, out of work, about to run out of benefits and unsure of what to do with myself. A friend told me that he had enrolled in the Dislocated Worker's Program and my interest was instantly piqued. I had wanted to go back to school for around 10 years, but didn't have the means to do so and had then started working long hours on the road. I got enrolled as soon as possible because this sounded like a great life-changing opportunity, and it was. Without WDI and the Dislocated Worker's Program, I seriously doubt that I would be where I am today. With their help and my own abilities, I was able to obtain an Associate's Degree in Histology and I now have a great job at the Mayo Clinic. Granted, I did all the hard work of studying and attending classes, but they helped provide the means to obtaining these goals. This program was so valuable to my success and I am so grateful I was granted this opportunity. Now the future is wide open and I hope to start working towards a Bachelor's degree in one of the sciences next year. Thank you so much!

December 2013

12/17/13 Jeff

I lost my job because of the economic conditions. In 2004, assistance from the WorkForce Center helped to pay for my schooling. This time, you helped again so that I was employable. Without the assistance I received, I would not have the employment options I have now.

12/09/13 Shelly

I was laid off in March, 2013. I was able to receive assistance in my job search process through WorkForce Center programs. It's nice to have help and assistance with finding employment during the hard times of being out of work and trying to find a new job.

12/09/13 Cheryl

I am the grateful recipient of many services of the WorkForce Center and the Dislocated Worker Program through my local WorkForce Center. Prior to past April, I had little idea of all the programs available there, because I had always been employed. Since I was fourteen I had been fortunate to have jobs, great jobs, from child care to grocery clerk, Clinic Supervisor, Personal Banker and Executive Director. My experience and service to the community had served me well, until my employer at the time "restructured" and I found myself job hunting.

On my first day visiting the local WorkForce Center, I was blessed to meet a wonderful staff person teaching a class called, "Creative Job Search". This person provided encouragement and went out of her way in working for those suffering through job loss. This person also helped me feel confident about accepting a temporary position when it was offered, and reminded me about all the ways it would be a valuable experience for my resume and experience.

The front desk person was always friendly and helpful, too. Some days, just a smiling face could make my situation seem less frightening.

My Career Counselor also became a very important person in my world during this time. She provided job leads, met with me to talk through my progress, and encouraged me during my job search and multiple interviews. She helped me with gas vouchers and provided resources so that I could take a computer class. Her suggestion to take some time to update my skills added greatly to my resume.

I am now employed full-time in a healthcare facility as the Human Resources Director. I have full benefits, something I did not have in my previous position. I am happy that I was able to secure the position in my home town rather than needing to commute a long distance

There are no words to sufficiently describe the gratefulness my family and I have for all of the services that were available and offered to me when I needed them. While unexpectedly needing the services of the WorkForce Center, the outcome has been great and the future looks better than ever.

November 2013

11/14/13 Steve

I was laid off from my previous job. I decided to look into going to school for truck driving. My Career Counselor helped me by recommending a local program and providing financial assistance through the Dislocated Worker program. Without that financial assistance, I wouldn't have been able to afford to go back to school.

I completed the Class A CDL curriculum at Riverland Community College. That license allows me to drive any time of truck or bus that I want. I currently drive school buses for two local school districts.

October 2013

10/23/13 Emily

I was an assembler at a local company for eight and a half years before the company relocated my position to Mexico. I had to decide whether to look for a different job or go to college with financial assistance from the Dislocated Worker program. I knew I would probably never get the chance to go to college again, so I decided to use those benefits.

If it wasn't for the Dislocated Worker/Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) benefits, I would never have gone to college and I would probably be working at another factory where I'd be unhappy with my job. I am extremely thankful for the opportunity I was given.

Note: Emily completed a Medical Secretary diploma with an additional Health Unit Coordinator certificate. She is working at a local care facility.

10/02/13 Deann

I was let go from a job due to not having the skill set that was now necessary for the job. Through the staff at the WorkForce Center, I was able to learn how to create a professional resume, receive job search instruction and a wealth of resources. I was given the opportunity to take computer classes. I learned so much in such a short time! I enjoyed every class.

This was such a challenging time in my life, but the WorkForce Center staff has a heart to help. I was always greeted with a warm welcome and a genuine concern as to how I was doing. I am grateful for their "encouragement calls". During the past six months I have learned so much about who I am and what I can do. I was able to realize what I've got and what I can give. During a recent interview, I was asked, "If there were no limitations like salary, location, skills, etc., what would you like to do?" I answered, "Share my story with youth". That is exactly the position I've been given! I am so grateful for the staff at the WorkForce Center. They are like cheerleaders on the sidelines!

10/02/13 Kathy

I lost my job due to downsizing but wanted to continue in similar work. With funding from the Dislocated Worker program, I was able to enroll in a national certification program that led to a new job in the same career field.

September 2013

09/12/13 Ron

I worked for a local warehouse for many years before they closed this location. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do, but I had thought of going back to school. I wanted to try to get good grades to make the time spent at school worthwhile and a rewarding experience.

I went back to school with Dislocated Worker funding. I also got encouragement from my Career Counselor when I was having difficulty in some classes. I completed my Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree.

09/12/13 Kristi

My job was eliminated due to budget cuts. I didn't know what I was going to do. I was able to go back to school with Dislocated Worker funding. After completing my diploma, I was recalled to my previous job.

09/05/13 Marcella

The company I worked for was moving production to Mexico. I was one of the workers affected by this move. My job was terminated. Though the company was in Iowa, I choose a Minnesota WorkForce Center to help me with understanding and filling out the paperwork I needed to go back to school. The staff was a great help to me by either knowing or quickly finding out what I had to do to be successful. Without the assistance from the WorkForce Center staff, my resume would not have been as polished as it is now.

Marcella was able to complete an Associate's Degree with funding help from the Dislocated Worker program. She has a new job in Minnesota.

09/05/13 Adam

I went to college right after High School. After a year, I decided to take some time off and work to earn some extra money. I worked for a local company, but after some time I was laid off. As a Dislocated Worker, I was eligible for education assistance. I thought this would be a great opportunity.

The assistance I received gave me an opportunity to go back to school. I received great information about schooling and what was expected out of me. My Career Counselor was extremely helpful and was always just a phone call away.

Adam completed an Associate of Arts (A.A. ) degree with assistance from the Dislocated Worker program. He is now working part-time while continuing to work on a Bachelor's Degree.

09/05/13 Tim

What brought me to the WorkForce Center this time was the help I had received in the past. In 2008, I enrolled in the Dislocated Worker program after being laid off from my job. I was able to take several computer classes with support from the Dislocated Worker program and found a new job.

Recently, I was laid off due to another plant closing. Once again, the WorkForce Center staff helped me advance the skills I have to offer a new employer. Support from the Dislocated Worker program helped me complete my boiler operator license. I am now working in the biodiesel field. Thank you to the staff of the WorkForce Center for all they have done for me!

09/04/13 Justin

I was a laid-off millwright with no real prospects, no answers, and was rapidly running out of unemployment benefits. Things weren't looking too good. I had been working for the same outfit for roughly four years and although we always worked away from home, life was good because I was employed.

One day in early 2009, we were told that we were laid off indefinitely and I was told to collect unemployment. Fast forward to being bummed out, out of work, about to run out of benefits and unsure of what to do with myself. A friend told me he that he had enrolled in the Dislocated Worker Program and my interest was instantly piqued. I had wanted to go back to school for roughly ten years, but didn't have the means to do so and had started working long hours on the road. I got enrolled as soon as possible because this sounded like a great life changing opportunity, and it was.

Without Workforce Development, Inc. and the Dislocated Worker Program, I seriously doubt that I would be where I am today. With their help and my own abilities I was able to obtain an Associate's Degree in Histology and I now have a great job at the Mayo Clinic. Granted, I did all the hard work of studying and attending classes, but they helped provide the means to obtain these goals. This program was so valuable to my success and I am so grateful I was granted this opportunity. Now the future is wide open and I hope to start working towards a Bachelor's degree in one of the sciences next year.

Thank you so much!

09/04/13 Tony

I came to the WorkForce Center because I was unemployed. The staff and resources available through the WorkForce Center helped me get a welding certificate which led to a maintenance job.

August 2013

08/20/13 Brandi

I lost my job and decided to go back to school. Without full-time work, I needed extra help. The assistance I received from the WorkForce Center staff made it possible for me to focus on my studies.

Brandi has completed a degree in Veterinary Technology and has been hired at a local veterinary hospital.

July 2013

07/03/13 Rachel

I lost my job and decided to go back to school to further my education. The Dislocated Worker program allowed me to complete my Certified Nursing Assistant training. I would not be where I am today without the assistance I received. This program is wonderful!

June 2013

06/20/13 Bradley

I lost my job and needed to use the resources available to find a new one. I felt very fortunate to be able to use the WorkForce Center. Having the ability to search and apply for jobs, print, fax, photocopy, etc. was extremely valuable to me since I did not have those capabilities at home.

Without the assistance I received, it probably would have taken me longer to find employment. The resources are very well organized, and it makes the entire process so much more efficient than looking for this information on your own. Staff has always been very helpful and always pleasant, as well. What a great social resource the WorkForce Center is!

March 2013

03/19/13 Nikki

I came to this office for help and guidance with my resume and job search activities. At the time, I thought 'job search classes, really? But the classes were very helpful in answering a lot of questions and preparing me for interviews. Now I am employed!

If I hadn't received the assistance I did, I'd probably be in a much deeper hole, not just financially but emotionally, too! Everyone at this office has been great; thanks a bunch!

03/19/13 Glen

When my previous employer closed its doors, I found myself lost and not sure what direction to take. As an older worker, I was having a hard time finding a new job. I found myself at the WorkForce Center and my counselor helped me both personally and professionally. People like my counselor are hard to find. Although all things did not turn out as he and I expected, he has been very supportive. Through testing and personal conversations, he helped me find a path to follow.

Today I have a part-time job and am also able to do computer repair thanks to the schooling I received. My counselor has been very understanding and non-judgmental; a great person to work with!

January 2013

01/14/13 Rachel

When I lost my job, I had no idea what to do or where to begin. Everyone at the WorkForce Center has been so helpful! A special thanks to the team of Counselors who helped me through this rough chapter in my life!

I don't know where I would be. I wouldn't have received the on-going training and wonderful support. Thanks so much!!

*Note: Rachel completed our Healthcare Academy and the Certified Nursing Assistant training at Riverland Community College. She is now employed at a local long-term care facility.

01/13/13 Dawn

I had been with my former employer for 15 years when they closed their doors. I tried to find a new job without much success; my age and outdated skills may have been a factor.

Counselors at the WorkForce Center helped me prepare a new, more effective resume and gave me some self-confidence, which I was in need of. I was also given the opportunity to update my computer skills with an Excel class, which has been very helpful. A World of Work Inventory showed me the areas of interest and jobs I might do well at.

Luckily, my former employer's business was purchased and I was offered a job. Without the assistance of the WorkForce Center counselors, I would not have these new skills go to on.

01/13/13 Bradon

Bradon had been laid off from a local production facility. He was eligible for Dislocated Worker funding, and went through the truck driving program at Riverland Community College. He has now taken a position with a local manufacturer as a machine operator and back-up driver.

01/13/13 LaDeane

While I was unemployed, I heard about the possibility of getting financial assistance for school/training. I went to the WorkForce Center and was able to access funds to take a nurse refresher course, which I needed in order to reactivate my state nursing license. This financial assistance allowed me to get my license reactivated

Without this assistance from the WorkForce Center, I would not have been able to go back to nursing, and am unsure what I would be doing. I am currently working as a hospice nurse, and I love my job!

December 2012

12/04/12 Kimberly

I was referred to the WorkForce Center's Diversionary Work Program by my county's Department of Human Services. Though my time in this program was not optional, it was a pleasant gift. I received encouragement and ideas on places to find jobs. I learned how to identify my skills and how to interview more effectively. The counselors here are very helpful and great teachers! After being in this program for two months, I was hired by a local company.

12/04/12 Seth

I became unemployed after being with a local company for five years. I met with a Career Counselor and started attending job search classes. My Career Counselor asked me what my goal was. I expressed that I wanted to go to college, but I didn't have a high school diploma or GED. I asked if I could get help to obtain my GED and was sent down the right path from there.

I registered for the GED class, and started relearning certain things and refreshing others. I studied very hard and obtained my GED with only 27 days between my first test and my final test with passing results.

I start classes January 14, 2014 at Riverland Community College in the Radiography Program

November 2012

11/11/12 Jean

I was unemployed after being with an organization for over nine years. I needed training to update my computer skills and support to enter the work stream again.

The Dislocated Worker program provided funding to help Jean update her computer skills. Without the assistance I received, I would not have had the money to continue my education.

Jean now has a new job and earns $1.25 more per hour than she did at her previous job.

11/09/12 Monika

I was in the Diversionary Work Program. I got a job and also got help obtaining my driver's license and getting my car fixed. I was able to get the help and support I needed. Without this help from the WorkForce Center, I would really be in a jam. The support I received from the Career Counselors and staff was amazing!

September 2012

09/19/12 Chelsea

Through my job search classes at the Rochester WorkForce Center, I learned about an internship position with Olmsted County. I applied, and got the position. When it ended, I came back to the job search classes and kept learning. I now have a job! I learned a lot through the job search classes. Those classes are very helpful!

My life would be totally different without the help I received and the things I learned in job search. I just want to say thanks to all of the staff!

09/19/12 Kelly

As a single mother and someone new to the Rochester area, not knowing anyone or having any resources, I needed help with basic necessities. The Rochester WorkForce Center and the programs available there helped me get connected with the resources I needed.

Without assistance, I would not have been able to finish school to build a career and future for my family. I was able to follow my dream, care for my daughter and start a new life.

09/19/12 Farhan

I came to the WorkForce Center to get help becoming a truck driver. The WorkForce Center helped me achieve that goal. I didn't know what to do when I was laid off from my previous job. Thanks to the WorkForce Center, I found my way.

August 2012

08/21/12 Mariana

The WorkForce Center helped me a lot. My career counselor helped me get through some very hard times in my life. I could always talk with her about anything. She was very understanding.

I have been working at my job for three months now. I get to meet a lot of new people, and I love my job very much. I am able to help take care of my family. The WorkForce Center is a good place to go for help.

08/20/12 Rachel

The job that I had been working at had ended, and I was unemployed and unable to make ends meet. I started the Divisionary Work Program (DWP) in April 2009. Through DWP, I was able to search for jobs. I had been accepted into nursing school, and my career counselor was able to help me figure out a work/school schedule and help me with daycare for my child. After the four months of DWP, I was surprised that my career counselors continued to help me as I started the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP). They helped me apply for scholarships, attained childcare coverage for me, and worked with me to help me maintain employment while attending school.

Without the assistance from the WorkForce Center, I would not have been able to afford to go to school due to childcare and living costs. The WorkForce Center staff helped me to attain scholarships, which helped me out substantially with my educational costs. Additionally, they helped me organize my work and school schedule. The authorization they gave to Child Care Resource and Referral (CCRR) for daycare helped tremendously to ensure that my work and school hours were covered. After I finished my education, they continued to assist me while I looked for jobs in my field. Thankfully, I am now employed and satisfied with the nursing position that I have taken.

July 2012

07/26/12 Scott

I needed a helping hand with my growing family. My wife signed us up for a program through the State. It turned out to be a big push for me to better myself. With the help and guidance given to me by the motivating counselors, I will be achieving my GED soon, and am happy to say that I am employed. These are just the first steps to achieving my big goal in life. This place is an awesome helping hand. I have realized that I have to accept the help and use it to better myself for it to really get me anywhere.

Without the assistance I received, my life would not be anywhere close to where I am. I had no direction and didn't realize how much help I really needed. Without this, I wouldn't have realized that I had no focus on what I needed to do. I just want to say thank you to the people who helped me with their positive reinforcement and helpful tips to get me started in the right direction.

07/19/12 John

I was working at Rainbow Playground Systems when the plant closed for good. I wanted to go back to school for Industrial Maintenance. I was offered assistance to go back to school through the TAA and TRA programs. I went to a meeting at the WorkForce Center and met with my Career Counselor. She worked hard to get me ready for school. I was able to get into the program and complete it successfully.

If not for the help I received from the WorkForce Center, I probably would have had to start school later than I did. Without the TAA and TRA programs, I probably would not have completed school, and I would have had to find a lesser paying job just to pay my bills.

07/19/12 Elizabeth

In late 2010, I was laid off from the job I had been at for years. Because of the economy, the plant I was working at was closing its doors for good. I was OK for awhile because of my severance pay and unemployment benefits, but as the single mother of five, I soon found myself needing assistance with food and medical insurance.

In 2011, I was diagnosed with a rare disease which kept me out of the workforce longer than expected, and took a heavy toll on me emotionally. Soon after my recovery, I found that I had exhausted all of my unemployment benefits and no longer had any source of income. Unable to find a job, I was referred to the Dislocated Worker Program at the WorkForce Center.

I didn't have the greatest self-esteem or confidence coming into this program. That quickly changed with all of the support and positive feedback I have continually received from the Career Counselors at the WorkForce Center. I have been attending classes for almost two months and have already achieved my goal of obtaining my GED. Not only did I pass my GED, but I scored very high in all areas and I am enrolled to begin the Healthcare Academy and CNA courses.

I have always wanted to purse the healthcare field but never had the time or means to actually do it. This program has given me the confidence and the means to achieve this goal. By the winter I should have successfully completed my training, and then I look forward to working towards and reaching my ultimate goal; being a registered nurse. This program has opened many doors for me, given me opportunities I otherwise would not have had, and helped make my future look brighter.

June 2012

06/11/12 Kathleen

I lost my job after 21 years of employment. It would have been very difficult to look for work without the help of the staff at the Albert Lea WorkForce Center. They were very helpful and knowledgeable, and got me started with the job search process. They helped by providing Job Clubs, resume and interviewing tips and information about jobs that were currently available.

April 2012

04/18/12 Suzanne

I was employed at a local company for over ten years in a variety of computer support and project team roles. When the economy took a downturn in 2008, my work was sent overseas to India, where the company was able to get cheaper labor. After searching for work for several months with no luck, I decided to take the offer of free tuition for Dislocated Workers. Since the job market didn't seem to be improving, I wanted to expand my skills and be able to pursue work in other areas. I didn't want to look back two years down the road and wish that I had gone back to college.

I don't think I could have reached my potential without the training that I've received in the Medical Administrative Assistant program. I'm able to apply for many more positions than I could when my training was only in computer support. My computer support skills will still be useful in almost any job I choose.

Note: Suzanne is beginning a new job in the healthcare field in May!

04/02/12 Renee

In 2009, I lost the job I had for the previous six years. With the assistance of the Dislocated Worker program, I was able to go back to school and complete my bachelor's degree. After graduating in December, I was able to get immediate employment with our local school district. I wouldn't have been able to do this without the funding from this program.

February 2012

02/14/12 Rita

I had quit my full-time job and wanted to change directions with the kind of work I was doing. I sought assistance at the WorkForce Center with career exploration, skill assessment and resume writing. Most helpful to me was having the chance to bounce ideas off a neutral person in my life!

My Career Counselor and I did practice interviews, which really helped me feel relaxed. I knew what I was going to say so I didn't have the "deer in the headlights" look when asked an interview question.

The funny thing is that I didn't end up changing fields, but I believe I ended up with a job that fits me to a "T". I love all of the challenges I face in my job now instead of the challenge of just forcing myself to go to work.

I believe the WorkForce Center staff helped me stay confident while searching for a new job. I was very pleased with their valuable assistance and appreciate having them available. I have referred others and will continue to do so.

02/13/12 Crystal

I have always been interested in the nursing field. The Healthcare Academy was a great place to start for me. I finished the program with the goal of finding a great job, and I have successfully completed that goal! I am employed at a great nursing home now, and I love what I do! Without my Nursing Assistant Certificate, I would still be staying home with my children. With this program, I was able to stabilize my family financially, and I have a job that I absolutely love!

January 2012

01/17/12 Jim

I was unemployed and couldn't find work. I went to the WorkForce Center to take the World of Work test to see what kinds of jobs I'd be good at. Truck Driving turned out to be one of them! I had previous truck driving experience, but the area trucking companies were looking for people with recent experience. It had been several years since I had driven trucks.

With the help of the WorkForce Center staff, I enrolled in a heavy metal truck driving program and completed the course. I was hired for the first job I applied for.

Without the help from the WorkForce Center staff, I know I would have had to sell my house. I had to cash in my retirement to pay my bills and my finances were very low. Now I am planning to pay off my house and rebuild my retirement account.

December 2011

12/14/11 Mavis

I was a salaried foreman at a factory where I had worked for 19 years and hoped to continue working. With the closing of the business at that location, I had the opportunity to re-train in the medical field.

I really liked working with the Workforce Development, Inc. staff. They promptly addressed any questions I had.

I have acquired an additional certification using the skills I learned in the training program and am now at a job that I am happy with. My training helped me get this job.

12/06/11 Thomas

I had gone through a bad divorce, a job loss and had been living in my truck for about three months when I came to the WorkForce Center. It was a life changing event for me. Everyone was so helpful, providing testing, computer use and constant encouragement. After a handful of job leads I was able to land a job I love!! If it wasn't for the resume help and all of the other help form everyone at the WorkForce Center, it would not have happened. All of the work and help with my resume paid off. I am forever grateful!

Without the assistance I received, I think I would still be in my truck feeling depressed and hungry. Without Workforce Development, Inc., I would be homeless, hurting and hungry

August 2011

08/30/11 Terry

After being downsized from a couple of companies, I was eligible to go back to school through the Dislocated Worker program. The staff at Workforce Development, Inc. was wonderful! They understood my situation and helped me make the best out of a bad thing. I ended up with a job that I absolutely love; it is a perfect fit.

08/30/11 Kasey

In 2009, the company where I had worked for two years shut down and everyone was out of a job. We all had the opportunity to go back to college. With the help of Workforce Development, Inc., (WDI) I took that opportunity to go to school to become a Medical Assistant.

I had a great experience with the staff, services and programs offered by WDI. WDI helped provide the training and necessary resources to go on to achieve my goal. I chose the medical field because it seemed like a solid field to go into and also because I want to help others. I never thought I would have a chance to go back to college. WDI helped me make a good choice and accomplish my dream.

08/30/11 Mark

I was laid off from my job after 22 years. The staff at Workforce Development, Inc. was invaluable in their efforts to assist me. I can't say enough about how they kept my spirits up and assisted me to find a new job. They made it possible for me to move to a new town where I am currently employed in a better job with better pay and better living conditions.

I am so glad to see that WDI is still in business because that means other people are getting the help they need.

08/30/11 Lisa

I was a Dislocated Worker when a friend sent me to Workforce Development, Inc. to find out about getting help to pay for my Certified Nursing Assistant training. The staff was all very friendly and helpful. They set up a job shadowing experience at a local care facility so that I could be sure this was what I wanted to do. With their help, I was able to get back to work. I truly appreciate what they did for me.

08/30/11 Scott

I was laid off from my job, so I went to Workforce Development, Inc. to get help finding another job. The staff was great and helped me a lot. I have a new job.

08/15/11 Shelley

I worked in a factory for almost twenty years. I never thought I would get laid off; the company never laid anyone off! Another business bought the company and 250 of us were laid off. Once I was laid off, I went to the WorkForce Center. I am so glad I did!

The WorkForce Center has a great, friendly staff. They don't make you feel like a number, they make you feel like you are a person. The services and programs they offer are wonderful! They really help a lot. The information you receive from the staff gives you a good grasp on things. You can learn so much from the programs!

WorkForce Center staff made a difference by teaching me how I should handle myself with employers, such as what to say and how to say things appropriately, teaching me skills I didn't have before. Their programs have taught me how to have more confidence in myself and know what I want to do in life. They have also taught me how to build a better resume and to work through any obstacles I may have. I feel I have accomplished so much! With these programs I was able to go back to college, graduate with honors, learn new skills, meet a lot of new friendly people and understand more of what employers need.

Meeting the team at the WorkForce Center has been a great experience for me!

08/10/11 Sandy

I was in employment transition following a lay-off from a job I had held for five years. I heard about the Dislocated Worker program and came to the WorkForce Center to apply. The assistance I received through the Dislocated Worker program is the reason I achieved my degree. My Career Counselor was great at assisting me with any help he could provide. I have achieved my LPN degree; it has inspired me to keep going. Next year I will be working on becoming an RN.

08/04/11 Richard

I was laid off from a company where I had worked for over thirteen years. I came to the WorkForce Center as a Dislocated Worker. The staff was very helpful. They found a program to help send me to school; it was great! I finished school with honors and now have a good job.

May 2011

05/04/11 Sonji

When I moved to Rochester almost four years ago, I stayed on the couch of a relative and had no job. I came to the Workforce Center and worked with a Career Counselor who help me apply for 20 to 30 jobs each week. Not long after I started working with my Career Counselor, I found a job!

I was pleased with the treatment I received from the Workforce Center staff. My Career Counselor didn't patronize me, and provided just the right amount of pressure to perform. Once I found employment, the staff helped me with childcare for my two boys just in time! I couldn't be more grateful.

When I left my husband, I was forced to leave my job. I had to leave the city I grew up in. Within six months' time, in a bad economy, I found employment and a place to live. I had childcare and a new life. Please accept my gratitude.

January 2010

01/01/10

Back in November of 2008 I took part in the Manufacturing Academy held in Rochester. I wasn't sure this was going to be a good fit for me but I wasn't working and couldn't seem to find a job so I thought why not try it.

The three-week long class turned out to be something that helped me a great deal. Prior to this I just seemed to drift from one short job to another. Even following this I couldn't seem to break that habit until I started putting the things I learned in the Manufacturing Academy into use.

My first job following the academy was as an Assistant Manager at Taco Bell. It was a decent job, but just not for me. My second job was at Chipotle. Once again, it was not what I wanted to do for the long term. Now I am working at Seneca as a warehouse forklift driver, and I love it.

In all the jobs,I found that what I was taught in the Manufacturing Academy was right on target with what I needed to know. I heard the lessons that were repeated over and over on attendance and have taken this to heart with my job at Seneca. It has made a difference in my life.

I'm grateful to all those who helped me at the Workforce Center and especially to John Knippen in being a driving force in me changing my old habits. He would provide extra time with us if there was something that was a difficult concept for us. For me, it was the math. I never understood it in high school but was able to learn things in this area that I didn't think I could do.

Thank you again. Your hard work is greatly appreciated.

I am a student at Kingsland High School, and am an outdoorsman. I came to the WDI office in Preston to earn money for a car, and to fix my truck. My experience at the Preston office was awesome! I was able to obtain work through the Summer Youth Program. I met new people, learned how to communicate with other employees and the boss in the workplace, and learned how to run machines that a lot of people don't know how to run. The class was awesome and I got a lot of good help. I've been able to fix my truck and improve my ability to communicate with others. I hope others who deserve it have the chance to have these same experiences that I have had.

December 2009

12/01/09

I would like to express my appreciation for the WDI Youth Connections program. I come from a background of dysfunction and poor choices. I have also made quite a criminal background for myself. I am now almost 23 and I have a seven month-old daughter. I have been trying to grow up and change my life, and seeking a chance for a new start. I wanted to build a positive employment record, to be a positive member of society and provide for my family.
This program has given me a chance to change my life. WDI Youth Connections has given me the ability to work hard and prove, to my employers, probation officer, others in the community, my family, and most of all to myself, that I can be successful. Through this opportunity, I have been able to achieve a positive new start on life.
I wish there were more programs of this nature, to give people who are in my situation the opportunity to build a better future, a new life, greater standing in society, and the ability to live beyond the general expectations of one's history. THANK YOU!

November 2009

11/01/09

I had worked for the same employer for eight years when I was laid off at the end of 2008. A co-worker told me about Workforce Development, Inc. The staff was very helpful and understanding. This was the first time I had ever applied for unemployment, and it was overwhelming! WDI services helped me get the education I needed to join the Real Estate field again. I feel you have given me the tools I need; now it is up to me to succeed.

September 2009

09/01/09

Three years ago, I was a single parent of two school-aged children considering going to college. I read an article in the Albert Lea Tribune about scholarship opportunities for non-traditional students considering college. I contacted the WorkForce Center, and Val helped me get started with the process.
I have nothing but praise for the staff, programs and my experience as a whole. My questions were always answered in a timely manner; my counselor was extremely courteous and professional. She really helped me gain the self-confidence I needed by encouraging me all the way through this process.
One goal I had from the beginning has already become a reality; I have been able to attain employment! I am currently working on a B. S. degree from Metro State University. I am in the midst of realizing the dream of a lifetime - a college education!! You have helped me in more ways than I could have imagined. Thank you so much!

I came to WDI looking for a job for the summer and found a program where I could do different things with people I like to work with and save money for college. For the first time I got a job doing what I liked. Working with WDI over the summer will help with school.

I heard about Workforce Development, Inc.'s Summer Jobs program through my teachers. The staff was really nice and helped open my eyes. I have learned responsibility, teamwork, punctuality and how to work well with other people. I always show up on time. I am never late to work. I (have learned that I) work better with someone else.

I had been looking for a job for some time with no luck. One of my teachers told me about the (Summer Jobs) program and helped me get into it. The experience helped me learn to work.The staff was helpful and the program was great.I thank you all for it!

Workforce Development, Inc. helped me find a summer job and (develop) job skills. Jody has been a big help to me. She even helped me get my driver's permit! This (Summer Jobs) program helped me learn about jobs I can do and like. It helped me make some much-needed money for school clothes and books. Money is tight in our family, so we've been able to do some things we wouldn't have been able to do without me helping out. I have learned that I love working with old people, and plan to get a job at a nursing home as soon as possible.

August 2009

08/01/09

I wasn't getting enough hours at my job. I went in for assistance, and my life changed. I was able to get a job in the Workforce Development, Inc. office. Everyone was so understanding and helpful to me. They helped me get a career and changed my life. This program is the best for teen parents. Anyone that doesn't come here has lost a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

I was introduced to this (Summer Youth) program while I was trying to figure out how to get my GED. It was very helpful. I now have a job, and a good reference for future employment. I have become more responsible, wanting to be at my job instead of not being on time and wanting to leave. This is a great program to get started with hands-on experience, and learn about what having a job can and will do for you.

My youth counselor introduced me to the Summer Youth Program. I work more hours, earn a better paycheck, and have a better work schedule. My family is proud of me; I am proud of myself. I have a better, more positive outlook on life. I have told others to ask about the (Summer Youth) program; they will not regret it.

I worked at a company for 23 years when my position was eliminated. I have been out of work for nine months. The Red Wing WorkForce Center has been very supportive and a great help. I learned a lot about interviewing and resume writing. With the help of WDI, I went to an 8-week truck driver program and can now find work driving. Thank you all so much!

July 2009

07/01/09

I was laid off from RDM of MN quite unexpectedly in October 2006. Through the dislocated worker program at WDI, I was able go to RCTC where I graduated with high honors with an AAS degree in Health Information Technology. I now have the education to get past entry level jobs and work in low level management in the medical/healthcare industry.

Through the dislocated worker program, I was able to get the education that helps me be more confident and to realize that I can bring something of value to the job market.

This story is somewhat unusual, in that we learned about it after a 15-year time span.

Things have gone pretty well for me since we last spoke over 15 years ago. I left RCC after one year to pursue my B.Sc. in geology at the U of M Twin Cities. From there, I got a M.Sc. in hydrogeology (groundwater science) at the U of North Dakota in Grand Forks. Then I moved to Canada to get my PhD in hydrogeology at the University of Waterloo (which is the top groundwater school in the world). I stayed there after graduating as a Postdoctoral Fellow for a few years and, to my surprise, I was offered a job on Waterloo's faculty in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department. I now have my own army of grad students who obey my every command (usually), I conduct environmental research that addresses water resources issues and I teach courses here in the department. I really love what I do. It is a very different life than the one I had when I came to see you after being laid off as a machinist!

I would like to thank you for your confidence in me and the financial aid your organization gave me, which helped me get to where I am today. I am not sure I could have done it without your help and I am very grateful for it. Thanks for a second chance!

June 2009

06/01/09

I was 58 years old when I was laid off from my truck driving job of 12 years. I had driven truck for 32 years, and no longer wanted to drive. I came to Workforce Development, Inc. for help as a Dislocated Worker. I didn't really know what I wanted to do. My career counselor helped me make the decision to go back to school.

I am now 60 years old, and have graduated from college. I have a job with the Army Corps of Engineers. I graduated with a 3.09 GPA, and have the self-confidence to try anything. I thank the Dislocated Worker program and Workforce Development, Inc. Without my career counselor, I would not have gotten as far as I did.

May 2009

05/01/09

I have worked as a Director of Human Resources and Safety for 15 years. I was laid off twice in the last three years. Both times your staff has assisted me with programs that helped me prepare myself for the new field I was about to enter.

It is a huge challenge to go through two layoffs, and then re-enter the workforce in a new field. The On-the-Job Training program helped me take on new challenges and opportunities.

Keep up the great job. You probably do not realize the power of encouragement you share with those of us going through major changes in life.

I dropped out of high school thinking life would be easy. It turns out that it was not as easy as I thought it would be. I enjoy working with your staff. They are great in all ways.

The services and programs you offer are very helpful. They have changed my life. I have opened my eyes and decided that I didn't want to live the rest of my life on assistance. Better opportunities are now opening up for me. I couldn't ask for anything more.

April 2009

04/01/09

I am a full-time student at Riverland Community College, working on a degree in network security. I lost my job in January of this year, and needed help to stay in school.

The staff at Workforce Development, Inc. has been great. They knew how to get me the help I needed to stay in school. Thanks to them, I have been able to afford gas and stay in school. I think the staff at WDI has done the best they can to help me in every way they can.


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