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Governing Boards

Prior to WIA, the agency was operated under the federal Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) and Economic Dislocated & Worker Adjustment Assistance Acts (EDWAA). From 1974 to 1982, the agency was operated under the federal Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA), which lets you know that our agency has successfully operated employment and training programs for many years.

The governing bodies of the Office of Job Training are the Northeast Minnesota Workforce Investment Board (WIB) and the Local Elected Official (LEO) Board of commissioners. WIB membership is defined by WIA legislation and must have a majority of private sector membership. The remaining members represent education, organized labor, economic development, rehabilitation, public assistance, community-based organizations and employment services. The LEO Board is comprised of one commissioner from each of the seven counties in the joint powers agreement: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis.

LEO Board

The Local Elected Official Board is comprised of one commissioner from each of the seven counties in the region. Current Board members include:

    • Chair, Kevin Adee, Koochiching County 
  • Vice-Chair, Donald Niemi, Aitkin County
  • Secretary, Tom Proulx, Carlton County 
  • Myron Bursheim, Cook County
  • Burl Ives, Itasca County    
  • Pete Walsh, Lake County
  • Tom Rukavina, St. Louis County

LEO Board Meeting Times and Minutes

WIB Board

The Workforce Investment Board is a group of individuals dedicated to quality workforce development endeavors throughout northeastern Minnesota. The Board guides the design of local workforce development throughout the counties of Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis, including oversight of the operation of Minnesota WorkForce Centers.

WIB Board Meetings and Minutes

WIB Compliance Requirements

Policy of Self-Sufficiency

Northeast Minnesota Office of Job Training, a Minnesota WorkForce Center partner.