Washington County has a large and growing workforce. Between 2020 and 2030 our population of 25 to 34-year-olds is expected to increase by 65 percent. We are prepared to ensure that the proper support structure is in place to ensure that these workers develop the skills they need to be competitive and an asset to our local business population.
The County has a Workforce Development Board comprised of business leaders, organized labor, public agencies, and non-profit organizations. Members are appointed by the County Board and meet ten times per year. The Board work on comprehensive plans to strengthen our community’s workforce and align local skills with in-demand jobs. This type of collaboration is representative of the spirit of Washington County. We are a diverse county, made up of 33 unique communities who believe that we are strongest when working together.
Washington County Community Development takes this same collaborative approach when working with new and existing businesses. We offer workforce training, development and recruitment support while helping businesses to take advantage of regional and statewide programs.
Washington County offers a variety of resources for residents looking to enter the workforce, expand their skills or advance their career. Workshops are open to any job seeker and include topics ranging from interviewing skills to using LinkedIn to conduct a job search. With over 100,000 residents leaving the county for work every day, our goal is to prepare workers for the jobs being offered by our growing business community.
Washington County residents who are looking for a better job or who are unemployed may use the services and programs available through the WorkForce Center to help obtain the support and training necessary to find and keep a job.
Some of the services and programs available include, but are not limited to:
- Adult/Seniors Program
- Career Information
- Dislocated Worker Program
- Employer Services
- Employment and Training
- Job Search/Career Exploration Workshops
- Job Search Assistance
- Labor Market Information
- Minnesota Job Bank
- Rehabilitation Services
- Resource Areas/Internet Use
- SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)
- State Services for the Blind
- Unemployment Insurance
- Veterans Employment
- Youth Program
Washington County’s CareerForce administers programs targeted to dislocated workers, low-income adults, disadvantaged youth and young adults, welfare-to-work participants and low-income seniors. Our goal is to help them become successful in securing and retaining jobs and to enhance marketable skills for the current labor market. Click here for more information.
CareerForce is Minnesota’s career development and talent matching resource network committed to helping individuals with their career aspirations and employers with their workforce needs. CareerForce offices in Washington County can be found in Cottage Grove, Forest Lake and Woodbury. Additionally, CareerForce has adapted to the business realities since the COVID-19 pandemic with online workshops, virtual career fairs and other career services.(https://www.careerforcemn.com/locations)
Find career, training and job search resources just for you.(https://www.careeronestop.org/)
Century College is known for high-quality programs and degrees taught by expert instructors. Programs at Century are grouped under Academic Pathways. Each of the eight Century College Academic Pathways provides you with special learning opportunities and activities, along with personalized guidance from an academic advisor or counselor. Explore the exciting major areas below to find your Pathway!(https://www.century.edu/academics/programs-degrees)
Career Launch is a new program at Forest Lake Area High School funded in part with grant dollars awarded by Youth Skills Training @ Depart of Labor and Industry. Forest Lake Area High School, in partnership with Lakes Center for Youth and Families, has created a program to better serve area students and area businesses by providing real world experiential learning opportunities. These opportunities include: Career Day speakers, workplace tours, job shadowing, mentorship, and work based learning.
Students will have the opportunity to access these resources, develop their professional skills, attain industry related credentials, and participate in paid work based learning experiences through the Career Launch A (Explore) and Career Launch B (Experience) courses. Both of these courses will be open to 11th and 12th grade students. For the 2019-20 school year, the career fields of focus will be in agriculture, manufacturing, automotive, and construction.
Students and parents interested in these experiences, or businesses wanting to partner, should contact Mike Miron at email@example.com or 651-982-8510.(https://www.flaschools.org/careerlaunch)
The Governor's Workforce Development Board works to strengthen the skills of Minnesota's greatest asset — its workforce.
The Governor’s Workforce Development Board (GWDB) has a responsibility to advise the Governor on Minnesota’s workforce system.
The Board represents key leaders from business, education, labor, community-based organizations, and government. The GWDB has statutory responsibility under the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which provides leadership on opportunities and key workforce strategies for the state. The Board provides a venue for workforce stakeholders building on a shared vision and mission.(https://mn.gov/deed/gwdb/)
Open to Business provides free, confidential business counseling to current and prospective entrepreneurs. Our experienced consultants work with small business owners to access the technical assistance and financing options they need to succeed. Open to Business partners with cities and counties to make our free services available to entrepreneurs and small businesses located throughout the Twin Cities metro area.(https://www.mccdmn.org/open-to-business)
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development is the state's principal economic and workforce development agency. Knowledgeable advisors help businesses find labor force pools, learn about workforce incentives and locate excellent training opportunities.(https://mn.gov/deed/business/finding-workers/)
Minnesota State is making a difference. From the students we serve, to our business partners, to those we employ, chances are good you or someone you know has benefited from the work of your state colleges and universities.(https://www.minnstate.edu/)
With close to 50 CareerForce locations throughout the state, you’re sure to find one that fits your career development or talent matching needs. CareerForce is committed to helping:
- Individuals start, advance or change their career
- Employers attract, develop and retain talent, and
- Minnesota thrive economically
MAWB believes workforce development is the key economic development issue in our economy.(http://mawb-mn.org/)
Learn the steps to start a small business, get financing help from the government, and more.(https://www.usa.gov/business?source=busa)
Our statewide network of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) provide the professional expertise and guidance that every small business owner needs to flourish in today's competitive and ever-changing business world.(https://mn.gov/deed/business/help/sbdc/)
Several community partners have teamed up to fund a new Inventor Space at Park High School. Once completed, the space will give students the opportunity to use high tech tools in a collaborative, supportive and educational environment.(http://www.district833.org/news/community-partners-provide-115000-inventor-space-park-high-school)
The Workforce Development Board comprises representatives from area businesses, organized labor and public agencies to strengthen the workforce development system through employment, training, and education programs.(https://www.co.washington.mn.us/1603/Workforce-Development-Board)