Our Mission is to develop and maintain a quality WorkForce for South Central Minnesota.

What's New in South Central Minnesota

2014 Local Unified Plan
If you are visiting this website to view the 2014 Local Unified Plan, please click here.


Pathways to Healthcare Careers
Pathways to Healthcare Careers Summer Flyer

Pathways to Manufacturing Careers
Pathways to Manufacturing Careers Summer Flyer

Welding Certificate Program
South Central College
Welding Certificate Flyer

Right Skills Now
South Central College
Right Skills Now CIM Program 2014-2015 Details

Apprenticeship Programs in South Central Minnesota
Apprenticeship Guide 



Opportunities for Older Workers and Offenders
This grant expands and enhances the partnership and collaboration of regional partners, agencies and systems to target services to two populations who may face long term unemployment in our nine county area:  Job Seekers 50 or older and Offenders (no age restriction). The grant will operate for 21 months and has a target of 65 individuals enrolled in the grant.

The goal is to assist these individuals in gaining full-time employment:
*Participants must live in the 9 county area (Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, Le Sueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca, or Watonwan)
*Participants must be either 50 or older or an Offender of any age

Customized services to help both populations overcome their barriers and obstacles and build the skills necessary for success in the workforce may include:

  • Workshops customized to participant’s needs – New Leaf for Offenders and Job Search for the Mature Worker
  • Intensive job search assistance tailored to each participant’s individual needs
  • Life Work Planning Workshops covering : Self-Esteem and Confidence, Boundaries & Assertive Communication, Stress Management, and Transitions & Resilience
  • Assistance developing employment plans and goals
  • Resume Workshop and personalized resume development assistance
  • Mock Interviews, Interview Practice and Coaching
  • Short term training resulting in credentials (e.g. GED, FastTRAC)
  • Computer Training in partnership with Adult Basic Education
  • Internships, Work Experience, On the Job Training, and Volunteer Work
  • Promotion of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) and Federal Bonding Program Incentives to employers
  • Ongoing support services to ensure/encourage job retention
  • Referrals to support services for participants based upon individual situation and needs

Ex-Offender Brochure
Older Worker Brochure
Opportunities Grant Program Referral Form
Opportunities Grant Program Fillable Referral Form


Adult Basic Education Services
Mankato Area ABE Offerings

GED Test Preparation
Mankato / Referral Form

English Classes
Mankato / Referral Form

Basic Computer Classes
Mankato / Referral Form
New Ulm  / Referral Form
Sleepy Eye  / Referral Form

IPAD Class 101
New Ulm   / Referral Form

National Career Readiness Certificate Prep Course
Mondays:  Mankato / Referral Form


South Central Minnesota Labor Market Profile – July 2013


Blue Earth & Nicollet Counties

Brown, Sibley & Watonwan Counties

Faribault & Martin Counties

LeSueur & Waseca Counties