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Dislocated Worker Program Success Story

The following Dislocated Worker, Tom, worked with Dena Edstrom, Career Counselor with the Northeast Minnesota Office of Job Training

Source:  This article is from the MN Employment and Economic Development Partner Express Newsletter


Tom, Dislocated Worker, NEMOJT


Dislocated WorkerI want to thank all the people from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development for all of the assistance I received to help through my transition in life. I was permanently laid off after 10 years of employment and am grateful for the opportunity to learn a new skill with a much better paying new job and future.


At my age, getting a Class A CDL seemed like a good choice, and I really had no other options for funding. At first I was overwhelmed with school (17 credits), but getting assistance with my tuition and other expenses greatly helped me focus on my school work. During my first two weeks of schooling I was having a hard time adapting and was facing dropping out - until your program.  Once I was able to not worry about facing a huge bill and focus on my studies, I ended up on the Dean's List! I truly feel that without the help of the Dislocated Worker Program I would have been overwhelmed.


In my previous occupation, it took me ten years to move from $6.65 to $10/hr and now after four months of school, my starting wage is $16/hr. I want to give a special thanks to Dena Edstrom for always making me feel okay about asking for help. There's a lot more I could say, but really all I can say is thank you sincerely!

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