Rural Minnesota CEP Has Job Assistance Expertise
10 Nov 2020
Community, Workforce, Economic Development, News
As a board member of Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program (RMCEP) for over 15 years, Carol Anderson has lengthy experience helping job seekers and employers through tough economic conditions.
“I was around during the Great Recession in the late 2000s and the most crucial aspect of economic recovery is the same now as it was then,” she said. “You have to be involved with employment, and at RMCEP, we do that very well.”
RMCEP is a private non-profit WorkForce Center partner that helps people find the jobs or training they need. With eight offices in Moorhead, Alexandria, Fergus Falls, Detroit Lakes, Bemidji, Brainerd, Wadena, and Little Falls, it also assists employers across a wide area by posting their job openings and hosting job fairs. Each office has space job seekers can use to look for job openings, write resumes, and get information on training and education available, and for employers to conduct interviews. All services are available at no charge.
In addition to being a board member with RMCEP, Anderson is the Executive Director of Community Development of Morrison County, Inc., a nonprofit, economic development corporation in Little Falls. She is responsible for attracting potential new companies to Morrison County and for administering a $120,000 annual budget and four revolving loan fund portfolios totaling $2 million. For Anderson’s full bio, read here.
The service area for RMCEP covers 18 Minnesota counties. That is far from being a weakness, said Anderson, and is in fact, the organization’s main strength.
“Even though we are spread out, our staff become experts in their area and are trained so well that they know our programs in great detail,” she said. “That expertise has been one of our greatest selling points for businesses looking to move to one of our towns.”
Anderson cited RMCEP’s Financial and Accounting Departments as being second to none. She has been impressed with their ability to follow each program expense for every client and work together like a well-oiled clock.
“But beyond their technical abilities, they find success for businesses and individuals because they care about people,” she said.
Anderson also has been impressed with RMCEP’s flexibility regarding methods to find jobs for individuals and companies alike.