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Workforce Development

Dislocated Workers

Minnesota's Dislocated Worker Program offers free services to help individuals find suitable reemployment and help take the stress and uncertainty out of the process. You may be eligible for this program if you are out of work through no fault of your own, eligible for unemployment insurance, and unlikely to return to your previous occupation or industry.

Services are Tailored to Address an Individual's Specific Needs

  • Professional career planning
  • Interest and skills assessment
  • Job search assistance
  • Resume writing
  • Interview skills
  • Identifying job leads
  • Tuition and books
  • On-the-job training
  • Relocation assistance


Career Planning and Counseling

  • Advice and assistance in career decision making
  • Assessment tools to learn more about skills, abilities, and interests to assist in discovering or confirming a career path in today's job market


Counselor Approved Training

  • Short term training to brush up skills, or long term training to acquire skills in a new field 
  • Obtainment or Renewal of certifications


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

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


Carpentry- 1 year

Health Unit Coordinator- 4 months

Truck Driving- 1 week- 2 months

ICD-10 Coding- 2 semesters

Nursing Assistant- 1 month

MSHA- 24 hours

OSHA- 10 hours

Quick Books- 7 hours

Social Media and Mobile Marketing- 9 months

Brake and Suspension Technician- 2 semesters

Business Management- 1 semester-2 years

Medical Assistance- 1 year

Auto Body Technology- 2 semesters

Office Assistant- 2 semesters

Medical Receptionist- 2 semesters

Health Insurance and Billing- 2 semesters

Welding- 1 year

Bookkeeper- 2 semesters

Job search and Placement Services

  • Preparing resumes and correspondence
  • Job lead development
  • Job clubs and workshops designed for job seekers

Support Services

  • Limited funds are available for expenses such as childcare and transportation, if needed to achieve employment or training goals.

Eligibility Requirements

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

You may be eligible for this program if..

  • You are out of work through no fault of your own
  • You are eligible for unemployment insurance, and unlikely to return to your previous occupation or industry

Entire Eligibility Policy


To learn more about the Dislocated Worker program, please contact Deb Holleman at the WorkForce Center. Her information is located in the right side bar. 



Success Stories

"I'm actually looking to retool my skill set, which is a metaphor I learned today that is seeking a different skill set, which will provide me the ability and the means to work later into my life. I've always worked with my back to make my income. Being here is going to provide me with an opportunity to work later in my years because I will be able to physically do it."


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






Deb Holleman
Employment Technician
Workforce Center
402 West First Street
Duluth, MN 55802


 My name is Deb Holleman. I've been helping people find work for the past 18 years. I have a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a minor in Psychology from the University of MN-Duluth. After graduation, I was employed as a career specialist with SOAR Career Solutions for almost 11 years, where I worked with ex-offenders and individuals with multiple barriers to employment. I was hired by the City of Duluth Workforce Development in July of 2009 and have been working with Dislocated Workers ever since.

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