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Episode 1308

Show Notes – Audrey Betcher

Main Discussion Topics

  • The roll of Workforce Development, Inc. in Southern Minnesota and what they offer to the community
  • The job market in the time of COVID-19 and how Workforce Development, Inc. is addressing that
  • Online services Workforce Development and CareerForce are offering to help displaced workers

Full Description

Danielle Teal sits with Jinny Rietmann, Executive Director of Workforce Development, Inc., to discuss the current situation the workforce of Southern Minnesota is going through and how the city of Rochester is working with the community to support the temporarily unemployed. They discuss how Workforce Development, Inc., and CareerForce are changing up their digital offerings for employers and employees in Minnesota. They also discuss the importance of developing an employment plan for the future and how Workforce Development, Inc., is prepared to help the community develop those plans.

Time Codes

00:35 – Danielle opens the show
00:45 – Danielle welcomes guest Jinny Rietmann, Executive Director of Workforce Development Inc.
1:39 – Jinny describes how she came to work for Workforce Development Inc. and how she became the Executive Director
2:59 – Jinny describes the roll of Workforce Development in Southern Minnesota and what they offer to the community
3:52 – Jinny describes the CareerForce system in Minnesota and the different sectors it contains
5:28 – Jinny addresses where Workforce Development Inc. is located in Rochester - 2070 College View Road East, Rochester, MN 55904
6:11 – Jinny discusses how Workforce Development is servicing the community in a digital aspect while dealing with COVID-19
8:36 – Jinny discusses how she sees this move to digital affecting services around Rochester
11:17 – Jinny addresses the struggle of moving to digital and servicing members of the community who do not have access to internet
12:17 – Jinny discusses how Workforce Development Inc. has worked to provide technology to members of the community who need it
13:16 – Jinny describes the job market in the time of COVID-19
17:02 – Jinny discusses how Workforce Development Inc. provides hope in the community for those that are struggling in this time
18:59 – Jinny discusses the significant needs she has seen in the community as they deal with the COVID-19 pandemic
21:02 – Jinny describes the online services that Workforce Development and CareerForce are offering to help displaced workers
23:14 – Jinny discusses where she is seeing need for workers in the job market right now
25:04 – Jinny asks that the community reaches out to the Workforce Development Inc if they are feeling uncertain about employment and the future of the pandemic
25:37 – Jinny recommends that people currently facing uncertainty in their jobs right now form multiple plans for future employment opportunities
28:10 – Jinny discusses how she thinks small businesses and employers need to adapt to working in the time of COVID-19
29:38 – Jinny says how members of the Southern Minnesota community can reach out to Workforce Development Inc. and connect with them for employment help
30:18 – Jinny and Danielle discuss Jinny’s favorite taco
30:51 – Danielle closes out the show

                          

Links

Workforce Development, Inc. 
    Websites:  www.workforcedevelopmentinc.org  and  www.careerforcemn.com
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/SEMNWorkforce

Dislocated Worker Services  www.mn.gov/deed/programs-services/dislocated-worker

Minnesota Department of Health Coronavirus Information  www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus

Olmsted County Coronavirus Resources  www.co.olmsted.mn.us/OCPHS/COVID-19

 

Featured Song

Salem – It Gets Better

 

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