2017 Program Report: TalentLEAD and Adult Programs

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The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act provides the federal funding for Workforce Solutions to operate programming that serves individuals who have been laid-off or lost a job through no fault of their own (dislocated workers) and unemployed low-income Ramsey County adults.

TalentLEAD pairs experienced employment counselors with eager job seekers who together build training plans and job search strategies that provide the foundation for successful reemployment. Employment counselors administer assessments, consult on education and training options, help develop career plans and provide coaching and job placement assistance. This combination of services offered to motivated and eager job seekers continues to result in life-changing employment outcomes. These successful outcomes contribute to the economic vitality of families which builds the economic vitality for Ramsey County and the regional community.

Community partnerships with Job Service, Adult Basic Education, Vocational Rehabilitation, over two hundred community agencies, local nonprofit organizations, and multiple area colleges and educational partners help Workforce Solutions achieve success.

TalentLEAD Program (Dislocated Worker)

Program year: July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017
2017 program budget: $2,363,541

TalentLEAD (Dislocated Workers) served in 2017      TalentLEAD (Dislocated Workers) placed in employment      TalentLead Adult Wage


Adult Program

Program year: July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017
2017 program budget: $491,129

Adult Served        Adult Placed          $14.68 Average hourly wage.   

Featured Client: Margaret

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After 30 years of employment, Margaret found herself laid off and eager to get back into the job market. Margaret applied for the Dislocated Worker Program and was assigned an employment counselor. The joint knowledge from her years as a Chief Operating Officer and a Contracts Administrator combined with Dislocated Worker Program resources, her employment counselor, and her Clifton StrengthsFinder Assessment results helped Margaret navigate in a new world of informational interviewing and job search processes, culminating in exploring new possibilities as an entrepreneur.

Margaret now owns Cultural Strategies, LLC. She is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach and a Gallup Employee Engagement Champion helping individuals, teams and organizations determine their best ways of working together.

The TalentLEAD program gave me the support I needed to explore a new path for myself—that of entrepreneurship. The program was the glue that held me together during my dark days of finding myself and becoming the person I truly wanted to become.
Margaret, TalentLEAD (Dislocated Worker) Client