Our mission is to develop and enhance the workforce of Southeast Minnesota. Workforce Development, Inc. (WDI), formerly Southeastern Minnesota Private Industry Council Inc., helps thousands of people each year throughout Southeast Minnesota counties dramatically improve their job prospects. Our focus is helping people find long-term employment with better earning potential.
Every WDI location is staffed by experienced professionals who care deeply about the people they serve and the communities in which they live. All services by professional WDI staff members are FREE. The services include career assessment, career counseling, skills training, job search guidance, resources and preparation for further training and education.
Here are some of the things that our job seekers have said about WDI services:
"I became unemployed after 33 years of employment. WDI’s Dislocated
Worker program allowed me to gain additional skills through education. This is
a wonderful program with wonderful staff. The WorkForce Center was a positive
place to get support and encouragement during a time I would call a crisis in
"My WDI career counselor helped me get
through some very hard times in my life. I could always talk with her about
anything. She was very understanding. I
have been working at my job for three months now. I get to meet a lot of new
people, and I love my job very much. I am able to help take care of my family.
The WorkForce Center is a good place to go for help."
"I came to Workforce Development, Inc. for help finding a job. What I was doing on my own wasn't working. Everyone was very helpful. My Career Counselor helped me create a resume and post it online. I attended classes for Dislocated Workers that were also very helpful. Without this assistance, I may not have had the confidence or the willingness to keep searching until I found a job."
"I was referred to the Workforce Development, Inc. Youth Program through my teacher. My dream job is to become a Veterinary Assistant. Through the Youth Program, I was able to work at a local veterinary clinic. I learned what a Veterinary Assistant does, including walking animals and cleaning kennels. I also learned the importance of coming to work on time. I now have a better understanding of what a Veterinary Assistant does."