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MVAC Young Adult Career Development Program

Availability

Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, Le Sueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca, and Watonwan counties

Eligibility

Young adults ages 16-24 who

  • Meet income guidelines (see application below)
  • Meet an additional eligibility criteria (see application below)
  • Are eligible to work in the United States
  • Want to complete an educational or employment goal
  • Live in our nine-county service area

Program Description

MVAC serves young adults to help them achieve their educational and training goals.

We do this through:

Education/Training

  • Support for finishing high school or getting a GED
    • Possible financial supports
    • Connections, resources and problem solving
  • Interest and Skills Assessment
    • Find what you’re good at, what you enjoy and how careers fit those skills/interests
  • Develop and put into action an education plan
  • Explore options for after high school/GED
    • Work, school, training, apprenticeships

Work Skills: Learn to…

  • Fill out job applications
  • Write resumes and cover letters
  • Interview like a professional
  • Write follow-up letter and thank you notes
  • Develop professional work habits employers expect
    • 12 week PAID work experience
  • Research the labor market to make informed career choices
  • Decide on a career
  • Budget money and manage your finances
  • Problem solve transportation issues
  • Use other community resources

Opportunities after High School/GED

  • Enter advance training or certificate program
    • Ex: Welding, nursing assistant, 2 year degree
  • Straight into the work force
    • Land a full-time job
  • Find an apprenticeship
    • Ex: Electrician, carpenter, ironworker

Links

  • Direct Deposit Form
  • Interviewer Evaluation Form

For general questions:

Michelle Forliti
507-345-2428
mforliti@mnvac.org

MVAC/Martin County Internship Program

Availability

Martin County

Eligibility

  • Young adults ages 18-24.
  • Be a resident of Martin County.
  • Must be eligible to work in the U.S.
  • Must be in good academic standing at your chosen college.
  • Can be enrolled in a community college or 4 year college.

Program Description

  • Purpose: Paid internship program to develop skills and learn about career opportunities in Martin County.
  • Process: Student will complete a short term paid work experience/internship in a Martin County business.

Once you are selected for the Martin County Internship Program

  • Your career interests will be matched with that of a Martin County business.
  • You will interview at a business for acceptance into the work experience/internship.
  • If accepted, an orientation will be completed and you will work with the new employer to develop the job duties and performance standards.

Payoff:

  • Participants will gain valuable experience at a Martin County business.
  • Participants will gain insight into the leadership and career possibilities in Martin County.
  • Successful completion of internship will result in legitimate work experience for your resume.
  • Earn possible college credits for the experience gained during your internship, with approval of your college and/or advisor.

Contact

Vicki Paskey
Minnesota Valley Action Council
412 S. State St.
Fairmont, MN 56031
507-235-5518
vpaskey@mnvac.org