The board sets priorities and policies that focus on local workforce needs and insure that programs and agencies work together to meet those needs. The goal is to create a responsive workforce development system for both employers and job seekers.
The board is instrumental in building relationships with businesses, advocating for workforce development resources, and supporting new and innovative local initiatives that create job opportunities and economic growth in Anoka County.
Anoka County will have a highly skilled workforce that contributes to the success of businesses in our community.
Contributing to the success of individuals and employers through workforce development services.
These guiding values are the foundation of beliefs behind the vision and mission. * Responsive to customer needs * Encourage life-long learning * Use data to make informed decisions * Support and promote economic growth in our communities * Integrate community resources and encourage meaningful partnerships * Affirm diversity and promote acceptance and respect of all people
The Anoka County Workforce Development Board is made up of representatives of business, organized labor, social services agencies, public employment services, rehabilitation services agencies, economic development agencies, community-based organizations and educational institutions.
Anoka County Workforce Development Board Voting Members:
Erik Aamoth, Manager MN Dept. of Employment & Economic Development
Pat Adams, Community Education Assistant Manager
Anoka Hennepin School District
Erick Ajax, Business Owner E.J. Ajax
Shirley Barnes, CEO (Chair) Crest View Senior Communities
Dr. Elaina Bleifield, VP of Student & Academic Affairs Anoka Technical College - Minnesota State Colleges & Universities
Lara Fatunbi, Owner Relieve Medical Supply, Inc.
Terry Hart, Vice President Kraus-Anderson Construction
Becky Johnson, Manager Rehabilitation Services-Blaine Office Jessica Lipa, Director Career and Technical Education Anoka-Hennepin STEP
Julie Lundberg, HR Consultant Medtronic, Inc.
Patrick McFarland, Executive Director ACCAP HS Center of Anoka County
Jerry Miller, Sales Manager Bell Mortgage
Jim Nimlos, Training Director Mpls Electrical JATC
MariBeth Olson, VP Patient Care & Nursing Mercy Hospital - Allina Health
Sue Savarese, Managing Partner, CPA Sannerud, Savarese & Assoc. P.A.
Michael Thews, VP, Chief Financial Officer John Roberts Company
Erik Thorvig, Economic Development Professional City of Blaine
Kelli Watson, VP Human Resources Kurt Manufacturing
Raymond Zeran, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union 292
Anoka County Workforce Development Board Non-Voting Members
Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah Anoka County Government Center
Commissioner Julie Braastad Anoka County Government Center
ANOKA COUNTY WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT BOARD MEETING SCHEDULE
Blaine Human Service Center - Room 202 Time: 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.