Anoka County Job Training Success Stories:

Contributing to the success of individuals and employers through workforce development services.

Dislocated Worker Program

CaptureBrian thought his days were numbered with the painting crew he was working with and sure enough, he was laid off in January of 2019.   He found himself at CareerForce in Blaine looking at current job openings. Some days employment looked hopeful and others very discouraging.  Brian took advantage of job search classes like Creative Job Search, Resume Writing, and LinkedIn. Each course was excellent and gave him a better picture of his future.  

CareerForce in Blaine staff mentioned the Dislocated Worker Program to Brian to enter short-term or long-term training.  Short-term training was not a great fit for Brian, so he enrolled in long-term training to earn an associates or bachelor’s degree receiving financial assistance with tuition and books.  Sr. Vocational Counselor Troy Scheffel provided direction and leadership for Brian to establish goals and a plan to go back to college. It had been thirty years since Brian attended college, so he was apprehensive but looking forward to a new challenge to serve others in meaningful ways.  Brian attended Metropolitan State University with an inspiration to have a career at a medical device company.  

Returning to school brought many challenges for Brian but he worked hard, had weekly math tutor sessions, and walked out with an “A” in Statistics.  Brian navigated through his college experience with honors, was on the Dean’s list every semester, and was nominated for the President’s Outstanding Students Award. 

After graduating Brian began his job search, with Medtronic as his number one target. In March of 2021, Brian attended a virtual career fair and met a ProStaff representative who had long-term contracts with Medtronic. He is excited to share that he is now working on a team that builds life-saving devices. He is a technologist in a climate-controlled production environment.  

Brian is extremely grateful for the Dislocated Workers Program and the people who have guided him to a brighter outlook and secure future. The best gift is that the Dislocated Worker Program helped Brian acquire great skills and knowledge that will benefit him in the workplace for the years to come. 

Congratulations Brian! 

Youth Program


Jeff was referred to the Anoka County Job Training Center from a county staff member that worked out at Anoka Technical College Career Services Office.  Jeff was interested in enrolling in an Information Technology (IT) program at Anoka Technical College and liked the idea of having the extra support from an employment counselor as he worked toward his goal of obtaining his college degree.

Jeff applied and was eligible for the Empowers Young Adult Program and an employment counselor assisted him in getting enrolled in the Software Development two-year program at Anoka Technical College.  Jeff wasn’t eligible for several of the financial aid grants so having the Empowers program assist with tuition and books was very helpful. 

Jeff participated in a paid internship position as a Resource Center Assistant at CareerForce in Blaine while attending school which allowed him to sharpen his computer and customer service skills.  During his internship, his employment counselor saw another internship opportunity with an IT department at a surrounding county and encouraged Jeff to apply.  Jeff was hired for the internship and he received more experience in the IT field, worked full-time, and made a livable wage. 

Jeff recently obtained his Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Information Technology with an emphasis in Software Development from Anoka Technical College. He was recently offered a full-time position with benefits from the internship position he was working at and accepted the position. Jeff has future goals to continue his education and obtain his four-year degree.

Congratulations Jeff!

Career Pathway's Program

Meghan Anderson - EMD PhotoMeg wanted to re-enter the workforce after seven years of raising her children but wasn't sure where to start. Meg desired to work in a field that made a difference in people's lives and to earn a livable wage.  Her neighbor told her about the 911 Dispatcher Training through Anoka County Career Pathway's Program. She attended an information session and was eligible to enroll in the program.  

The training was challenging, but even before Meg completed the training she had several interviews with multiple job offers after graduation.  She accepted a position at North Memorial as an Emergency Medical Dispatcher.  

Meg helps people in crisis providing life-saving pre-arrival instructions to people during the worst times of their lives.  She is making a real difference in people's lives and can't imagine doing anything else.  

Meg is appreciative for this opportunity to better herself and recommends this program to anyone who would like to consider a career as a first responder.  The program changed her life and it could change others too.

Congratulations Meg!

Legacy Training Program

greggGregg was laid off as an Associate Director when the company he worked for merged with another organization.  After attending several interviews, he was unable to obtain an offer for employment.  

Gregg reached out to Anoka County and was referred and enrolled in the Legacy program.  He needed some updated training and successfully completed training in Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and Good Manufacturing Practice and was offered a Logistics Management position for Telix Pharmaceuticals at a competitive wage.  

Gregg states "I can honestly say I haven't been this happy in a new job since I began my airline career in 1982.  I work with a great group of talented people, and I love the opportunity handed to me to reinvent the wheel when it comes to logistics at Telix."

Congratulations Gregg!