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Sterns-Benton Employment & Training Council

Minnesota Workforce Center St. Cloud

Midtown Square Mall, Suite 212

3333 W. Division Street

St. Cloud, Minnesota 56301


Contact: Kathleen R. Zavala, Executive Director

Phone: (320) 229-5702


Proposed Award Amount: $300,000

Community Served: Sterns and Benton Counties

Project Emphasis: People with disabilities.

Summary Paragraph: This interagency project, Sterns-Benton Workforce Solutions, will increase access to competitive employment outcomes for adults and youth with serious mental health disabilities throughout the two-county Workforce Service Area. To address policies and barriers inhibiting the job placement of such adults, this project will create an interagency project management team comprised of a Project Director, a Disability Program Navigator, and two Customized Employment Consultants. In addition, a business leadership committee will provide overall policy direction in marketing competitive employment opportunities to employers. Moreover, existing employment opportunities will expand to include micro-enterprises, self-employment strategies, and career ladder advancement.

Partnerships: Core agency partners: Stearns-Benton Employment and Training Council, Minnesota Rehabilitation Services, Minnesota Job Service/Unemployment Benefits, and State Services for the Blind. Also, Minnesota Community Transition Interagency Committee, the St. Cloud Workforce Center Agency Committee, and others.