In-Person Hours by Location
Services also available by phone, email, and virtual meetings; including job seeker trainings and career fairs.
Provides the most up-to-date job search and career assessment workshops to any job seeker.
- FREE short-term training for women who are seeking non-traditional work in areas like manufacturing, construction, and transportation. Examples of job titles: construction or commercial painters, welders, heavy truck drivers (CDL), highway maintenance workers, CNC operators, glaziers (specialty occupation in construction).
- Average starting pay, metro area = $18.02 per hour
- Eligibility: Women, age 18+, Minnesota resident and eligible to work in the U.S. PLUS ONE of the following: of color, or low income, or age 50+.
- For more information please call Angela at 651-275-8685 or email Angela
Certified Instructor-led, classroom-based training to prepare for the MOS Associate Certificate (MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) exam.
Also includes work readiness training in foundational reading, writing and math; ESL when necessary; as well as curriculum that is tailored to make work central to learning.
For information & eligibility contact Sheng Xiong, Career Navigator 651-275-8701
Other Resources for Short-Term Trainings
- CareerForce Training Program search
- Department of Labor Apprenticeships
- Minneapolis Health Hire
- Job Connect Training Dashboard
- CareerWise Education Search Tool - Short-Term Trainings
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 Beth for eligibility at 651-275-8680.
Dislocated Worker Services
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
For information, call 651-275-8680.
- 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 and Training Program Forms:
For additional program information, call 651-275-8702.
- SCSEP services for Washington County residents will be provided by Somali Community Resettlement Services' Minneapolis office starting August 1, 2022.
- Washington County residents interested in SCSEP services after July 31, 2022 can contact SCRS directly for application: Phone 612-353-6380 or email Ifrah.
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
- assistance with tuition costs.
Applications accepted for youth ages 16-24:
Washington County CDA
CareerForce locations are more than just a place for those looking for work. It’s also a place for businesses looking to hire.
- Virtual Career Fairs: It's a no-fee opportunity to meet with job seekers. We will keep you updated on both local and metro region events and help promote your events.
- Submit your events for posting with us by completing this online Career Fair Submission Form.
- You can post jobs and search for resumes on this no-fee, online resources job bank.
- Have qualified applicants referred to you by the CareerForce network of counselors and staff.
- Saves your business money by providing wage reimbursement during the new-hire training period.
- Your new employee is trained according to your standards. Industry specific training is targeted to Manufacturing, Healthcare, Finance, Construction, and IT.
- For information, call Angela at 651-275-8685.
Young Adult Program
GED/Literacy/Adult Basic Education/English as a Second Language Training
- Connect with your school district for hours and locations of classroom instruction.
- Get information on economic data and trends, skills of the available workforce, wage, and salary information by area.
To participate in a Career Fair (virtual or in-person) or to discuss any of these resources, call Robin at 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:
- 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (closed noon - 1 p.m.)
- Phone 651-275-8665.
- Cottage Grove
- No Walk-Ins - In-person, by appointment only.
- Phone 651-430-4162.
- Forest Lake - Hardwood Creek Library
- Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
- Phone 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
- Career Services Specialists are available to review your resume and provide feedback.
- Email your resume to your nearest CareerForce location.
- Please include "Resume Review" in the subject line.
- Career Fairs/Networking Events
- CareerForce Online Tools (Assessments)
- Dakota County Libraries
- Dress for Success Twin Cities
- Goodwill Community Foundation Learn Free
- Great Rivers Adult Education - Free adult classes (age 17+) including ESL classes, Computer Literacy/Microsoft Office, GED Prep and K12 Diploma
- Washington County Libraries
- Century College - Reduced Price Cosmetology Services (PDF)
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.