Anoka County Job Training Success Stories:
Contributing to the success of individuals and employers through workforce development services.
Dislocated Worker 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.
Career Pathway's Program
Meg 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.
Legacy Training Program
Gregg 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."