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Workforce development update


Fri, Dec 27th, 2013
Posted in All Government

At the county board’s December 17 meeting Wanda Jensen presented information concerning Workforce Development, Inc. (WDI). She is the administration manager of the non-profit organization which serves 10 counties at 10 locations in southeast Minnesota. The Preston office is located at 100 South Main Street.

The organization provides training and employment services and has been serving the region for nearly 30 years. WDI serves unemployed, under-employed, dislocated workers, and employers. Client services include job search assistance, skill assessment, career planning, and literacy. WDI partners with employers to provide ‘on the job training’.

To date in 2013 189 people have been enrolled in Fillmore County. Nearly three-quarters of the people they serve are working, but need more work hours or a higher wage to get off government assistance. Jensen emphasized their efforts to get people to add to their skills through education. She maintained that “education really is what moves people out of poverty.”

Social Services Manager Gail Bunge said they have a good working partnership with WDI. Levy dollars are not used to purchase the services.

The board approved the 2014 purchase of service agreement with WDI. Purchase of service agreements for 2014 were also approved for Mental Health Services with Zumbro Valley Mental Health Center and a purchase for service agreement for Mental Health Services with Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center.

AED grant

Kristina Kohn announced that Fillmore County had been approved for the second year of the AED initiative. The county will receive federal grant money in the amount of $68,680 for the purchase of 30 AEDs, plus supplies, and expenses related to staff time and travel. AEDs will be made available in places where people gather like libraries, swimming pools, ball fields, and community buildings.

Other business in brief

•Ashley Rinn was approved for hire as Merit Office Support Specialist, Sr. effective January 17, 2014.

•Kristina Kohn reported that there have been numerous requests from the public for pictures of the Veterans Cemetery groundbreaking ceremony. She has put together a 20 page photo book. Commissioners asked that she check with David Swantek, cemetery director for the Minnesota Department of Veteran Affairs, before making the books available for sale.

•The purchase of Fleet Maintenance Pro software for $999 was approved for the Highway Department. There are problems with the current program and it is no longer supported

•Approval was given for County Coordinator Bobbie Vickerman to participate in SE Minnesota Leadership, 2014 Leadership Growth Group Program entitled “Leaders Helping Leaders.” The registration fee is $600 and will be paid for by the county as part of continuing education.

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