Workforce Development Division
To provide employment services and training options that connect employers and job seekers through community partnerships and technology.
Woodbury - No Walk-In, by appointment only call 651-275-8665.
Cottage Grove - Tuesday and Thursday 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Park Grove Library by appointment only call 651-430-4162.
Forest Lake - Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Hardwood Creek Library walk-in & appointment.
Services also available by phone, email, and virtual meetings including job seeker trainings and career fairs.
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Tue, Jan 18
Tue, Jan 18 - Mon, Jan 31
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COVID-19 Job Search Resources
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Washington County Libraries
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Dress for Success Twin Cities serves women ages 18 and older who are struggling financially with job search and career advancement assistance.
Workforce Training Dashboard
|Provides the most up-to-date job search and career assessment workshops. Open to any job seeker - click HERE to register for workshops. A description of classes can be found HERE.
||NOW (Non-Traditional Opportunities for Women)
FREE short-term training for women who are seeking non-traditional work in areas like manufacturing, construction and transportation. Examples of job titles: Welder, Electrical Panel Assembly, Construction Laborer, Commercial Truck Driver, Carpenter Pay average = $17.00/hr
Eligibility: MN resident; Woman who is ONE of the following: age 50+, of color, low-income
Dislocated worker services.
Are you laid off from your job, through no fault of your own? You may qualify for dislocated worker services that can connect you to short-term training to refresh or upgrade skills, or obtain certification or professional licensure, and other help and guidance for your job search. Call for eligibility: Beth 651-275-8680
DISLOCATED WORKER SERVICES – 651-430-8680
If you have lost your employment in the past 12 months due to no fault of your own, you may be eligible for Dislocated Workers Services. Services are custom tailored to meet an individual’s specific needs. Working one-on-one with a counselor, you’ll develop a plan for employment that may include:
Career planning and counseling | Job search and placement services | Counselor-approved training | Other support services
INCOME BASED PROGRAMS
If you have dependent children, you may qualify for Diversionary Work Program (DWP), or Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)
Diversionary Work Program (DWP)
DWP is a four-month program for Minnesota low-income families. It provides quick and intense Employment Services to identify and resolve employment barriers in order to help participants achieve employment. DWP Employment Counselors offer job search assistance and support in order to help families achieve self-sufficiency.
Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)
MFIP is a comprehensive work focused program for low-income families in Minnesota. The goals of MFIP are to encourage and enable families to find employment, help families increase their income and move out of poverty and gain self-sufficiency to support the family. MFIP Employment Counselors offer job search assistance and support in order to help families achieve self-sufficiency.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
In some cases a household income is higher than the above programs but eligible for SNAP which helps you afford food while you are unemployed. This program also offers Employment and Training Services. To see if you may eligible for any of these programs, please visit Economic Assistance on the Washington County Community Services page.
Common Employment & Training Program Forms:
Monthly Activity Log
SNAP & E&T Weekly Activity Log
Provider Opinion Form
For additional program information, call 651-275-8702
The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) provides job placement, skills training, and career counseling for low-income residents of Washington County, age 55 or older. The program serves as a bridge back to work for older workers.
For eligibility and additional program information contact: Sheng.Xiong@co.washington.mn.us 651-275-8701
The Young Adult Program receives State and Federal funding to provide employment and training opportunities to low-income and/or at-risk young adults. Services provided include career planning, job search assistance, paid work experience and assistance with tuition costs. Applications accepted for youth ages 14-24.
Young Adult Program Eligibility Guidelines
Young Adult Employment Program Application
CareerForce locations are more than just a place for those looking for work. It’s also a place for businesses looking to hire.
Labor Market Information
Business Start-ups CareerForce has resources for entrepreneurs as well as connections to the Small Business Administration and Small Business Development Centers.
Washington County CDA Open To Business
To participate in a Virtual Career Fair or discuss any of these resources, contact Robin Hakari firstname.lastname@example.org 651-275-8684
Career Labs are the core of every CareerForce location and serves as a business office for job seekers and a resource for employers. It features the tools and resources needed to the find a job or make a career change.
Career Lab Hours:
Woodbury - 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Monday - Friday walk-ins and by appointment 651-275-8665
Cottage Grove - 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Tuesday | Thursday at Park Grove Library by appointment only 651-430-4162
Forest Lake - 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM Monday | Wednesday | Friday at Hardwood Creek Library Monday walk-ins and by appointment 651-275-7265 Career Labs provide:
- Knowledgeable staff
- Up-to-date job listings
- Computer, internet and printer access
- Resume writing
- Career planning
- Community and education resources
CareerForce has online workshops on Job Search, Resume Writing, and Interview skills along with links to several online resources.
| Contact any of our three locations to start planning your future!
Job Search Resources
Employment Readiness Assessment
Search for job openings on MinnesotaWorks.net
Job Search Workshops
Virtual Career Fairs
Career Services Specialists are available to review your resume and provide feedback. Email your resume to your nearest CareerForce location below. Please include "Resume Review" in the subject line.
Our partners at the Washington County Libraries have a section called Job and Career Resources. Here you will find many helpful resources. There are Resume Kits available to customers with limited access to computers, and low technology skills.
A proud partner of the American Job Center network.
Washington County 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.
CareerForce serves employers by helping them find the right workers from entry-level to highly-skilled candidates. CareerForce serves career seekers no matter where they are at in their career from just starting out to mid-level management and beyond. CareerForce does this through customized career planning, resume revision and interview preparation, plus education and training for eligible career seekers and the ability to search thousands of Minnesota job openings online.