Workforce Development Division
To provide employment services and training options that connect employers and job seekers through community partnerships and technology.
Location in-person hours:
Woodbury - Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed noon - 1 p.m.) 651-275-8665.
Cottage Grove - No Walk-In 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 651-275-7265
Services also available by phone, email, and virtual meetings including job seeker trainings and career fairs.
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.
FREE 12 week training starting April 11th through July 1st. Monday through Thursday 12pm-3pm. MOS exam week of July 5th.
Instructor-led, classroom-based, training to prepare for the Microsoft Office Specialist Associate Certificate (MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) exam.
Eligibility: Age 18+ and authorized to work in the U.S. and not enrolled in any school at time of application. Additional requirements.
For more information please call Shen at 651-275-8701 or email.
Other Resources for 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 for eligibility: Beth 651-275-8680
Dislocated Worker Service - 651-275-8680
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can submit your events for posting with us by completing this online form.
MinnesotaWorks.net A no-fee online resources to post jobs and search for resumes.
Applicant referral - have qualified applicants referred to you by the CareerForce network of counselors and staff.
MN Job Skills Partnership Training - provides financial resources for you to expand your business or train your workers.
CareerForce hosts monthly Workforce Wednesdays for employers. These sessions have been recorded. You can register for future and view past sessions
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
Promoting worksite placement, applicant referrals and some wage payment for youth ages 18-24.
For information call Sheng at 651-275-8701
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, and wage and salary information by area.
Washington County CDA Open To Business
To participate in a Career Fair (Virtual or In-Person) or discuss any of these resources, contact 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:
Woodbury - 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (closed noon - 1:00 p.m.) 651-275-8665
Cottage Grove - No Walk-In | In-person by appointment only 651-430-4162
Forest Lake - 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM Monday | Wednesday | Friday at Hardwood Creek Library 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 ResourcesUnemployment online
Employment Readiness Assessment
Search for job openings on MinnesotaWorks.net
Job Search Workshops
Virtual Career Fairs
Resume ReviewCareer 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.
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.