The Minnesota WorkForce Center - Winona works in collaboration with key partners to make sure that area job seekers find employment and training and area businesses find the skilled workers they need.
Here you'll find information about the services they provide.
Staff at our WorkForce Center administer several training and support programs for job seekers. Below is brief description of each of the programs available here and key contact information.
Dislocated Worker Program
This program is for workers who have lost their job through no fault of their own. The goal is to help workers find new jobs at comparable wages. Workers may apply for services as soon as they receive notice of permanent layoff. Services are delivered by a number of employment and training agencies. Contact Ellen Zempel at 507-453-2932 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Veterans Employment Services
Veterans Employment Representatives provide specialized employment and training services to Minnesota veterans. To receive services, participants must meet the definition of an eligible veteran and register with a WorkForce Center. Veterans Representative John Jacobson is available by appointment at the Winona WorkForce Center on the first and third Wednesday of each month.
Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Vocational Rehabilitation Services are employment and training services for people with disabilities. Participants have physical or mental disabilities that make it difficult to find or keep a job. Contact the WorkForce Center at 453-2920 for more information. Ask to speak with someone in Vocational Rehabilitation Services.
Minnesota Family Investment Program
Families that apply for public assistance at Winona County Department of Human Services are automatically referred to the WorkForce Center to set up a job search plan. The plan is required to receive assistance from the county.
Food Support Employment and Training Program
The Food Support Employment and Training (FSET) program is a county-run, federal program that helps ensure that Minnesotans with low incomes get proper food and nutrition. Applicants for food support are automatically referred to this WorkForce Center to set up a job search plan. This plan is required to receive assistance.
The Winona WorkForce Center Youth Program serves teens and young adults, providing work experience and job-search training. To be eligible, participants must meet certain age requirements AND eligibility guidelines. Complete the application form and submit as directed to see if you qualify for the program. You will be required to provide more detailed information and authorization to participate. Contact a Youth Program representative at 507-453-2920.
The Winona County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) works together to understand the current and future needs of businesses and job seekers and then develops plans for using federal employment and training funding to meet those needs.
Made up of representatives from business, education, organized labor, community-based organizations, economic development agencies, local elected officials and others, the WIB shapes and oversees employment and training, vocational rehabilitation, youth, dislocated worker and other programs funded through the federal Workforce Investment Act.
The Workforce Investment Board (Winona Workforce Council) is usually scheduled to meet on the first Wednesday of the month at 7:30 a.m. at the WorkForce Center. Meeting dates may be changed up to one week in advance or due to an emergency. They are usually recessed for June, July and August unless a special meeting is called.
The Winona WIB’s agendas and official meeting minutes are available in the Resource Area at the Winona WorkForce Center. The public is welcome to view this information during regular office hours.