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Workforce Development

Adult Career Services

The WIOA Adult program offers tools and services for income eligible individuals 18 and older to increase marketability and find employment. 

Career Planning and Counseling

  • Advice and assistance with career decision-making
  • Assessment tools to identify skills, abilities, and interests that  can be used to discover or confirm a career path in today's job market

Education and Training Scholarships

Education and Training Scholarships support occupations in sectors of the economy that have a high potential for sustained demand or growth in the local area.

  • Short or long term training to acquire skills in a new field
  • Workplace effectiveness workshops
  • Funding for tuition, books and fees for skill upgrading and retraining
  • On- the- job training


 Education and Training Scholarships support occupations in sectors of the economy that have a high potential for sustained demand or growth in the local area.

Examples of occupations supported by Education and Training Scholarships have included but are not limited to:

Registered Nurse

Licensed Practical Nurse

Certified Nursing Assistant

Health Unit Coordinator

Medical Assistant

Advanced Manufacturing- Welders, Machinists

Aviation Maintenance Technician


Job Search and Placement Services

  • Help with resume writing and interview preparation
  • Assistance in identifying and describing your skills
  • Job Club:  A group that helps locate jobs, meet employers and form solidarity in job searching 

Supportive Services

  • We may be able to assist with expenses for work clothing, transportation or other essential items, if needed to achieve employment or training goals.

Motivational Tips

Eligibility Requirements

Funding for this program comes from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

  • You must be 18 years or older (If you are younger, check out the Youth &Young Adult Program)
  • Income Eligible (call for more information)
  • Must be a U.S citizen, U.S national, or a documented immigrant
  • Must maintain monthly contact with assigned job counselor


To inquire about enrolling in the Adult program please contact Betsy Hill at the WorkForce Center. Her information is located in the right side bar.


Success Stories

" I was a client of Betsy Hill's here at Workforce. This letter is to describe my experience here and make sure that it is known that Betsy's help has transformed my life. I worked with her for a long while and it truly paid off.

I came to the Workforce Center after being released from the Wisconsin Prison System and was looking to get a new start on life. I wanted to be a Truck driver and was looking for help in getting my CDL. While the Workforce Center didn't offer this training at the time, she wanted me to get started and got me hired by the City of Duluth as part of the Flood Relief Program. She also pointed me in the direction of the SOAR program for CDL training. I did both and worked for the City as long as i could until i started the Truck Driver training with SOAR and Lake Superior College. I finished the class and did receive my class A CDL. This is when Betsy Kicked it into high gear and through hard work, luck and determination; I was able to secure full a full time position as a driver for Schneider National.  She helped me with nearly every problem that came up, which were many due to my past, and also obtained funding for a refresher course that Schneider wanted me to take as a result of the time it took to get my resume into the right hands. She helped me with my resume, faxing and emailing documents, always with a bright smile and words of encouragement. When i finally did nail down this position and started training, she stuck with me and made sure i had what i needed. Then, when i passed the training, was officially hired and needed to get some needed things to get started in my truck, she was there to help with that also. Betsy Hill is the best! The Workforce Center should be proud of her and her efforts here. I know that I was very lucky to have her in my corner!

At the risk of going on and on, i will just leave this here; I am approaching 2 years and 200,00 miles with Schneider National and couldn't be happier. I still keep my resume on the Minnesota Works site to someday upgrade my job and stop in fairly regularly in hopes of catching a glimpse of my newest hero, Betsy Hill. Thank You Betsy Hill and Thank You Minnesota Workforce Development Center for all the help that I received here! Your efforts do work and the world is a better place because of them!

- Matthew


Workshop Calendar- Free workshops geared towards job seekers and employers.


Online Resources

Online Tools for building your resume, finding jobs, and keeping healthy while doing it.

Career Exploration Sites

  • Brainfuse JobNow- Provides support at every stage of the job search, free of cost.All you need is your library card.
  • CareerOneStop- Explore careers, find training, and conduct job search.
  • My Skills My Future- Tell us about a job you've had, we'll find careers with similar skills for you to explore
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook-The OOH can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations


Career Assessment Sites

  • ONET Center Assessments- A family of self-assessment career exploration tools that can help clients discover the type of work activities and occupations that they would like and find exciting. Clients identify and learn about broad interest areas most relevant to themselves. They can use their interest results to explore the world of work
  • WITC Career Interest Questionnaire- Participate in this 10 minute questionnaire about your interests to help identify which clusters (career areas) might be the best fit for you. Based on activities you enjoy, your personal qualities and school subjects you like, the questionnaire ranks the career clusters you may find most fulfilling

 Job Search Advice/Training Sites

Job Banks

An internet-based self-service system where job seekers and employers can find each other. Registration is encouraged because it allows full access to all the features of the system.
This is where talented individuals can be matched with careers that fit their interests and goals. It’s the place where employers can instantly locate talent that is a great match for their latest openings.
The League of Minnesota Cities has a good list of openings in municipalities around Minnesota.

Veteran Sites

Government Pages




Betsy Hill
Employment Technician
Workforce Center
402 West First Street
Duluth, MN 55802


Hello, I am fortunate to work with students and job seekers to help them achieve their job goals through the Adult Careers Program.  I also teach several of the job search classes and workshops that are offered at no charge at the Duluth Workforce Center.   Please give me a call or send an email if you are looking for help in your job search or are interested in more information about training scholarships.


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