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Employment & Training
Responsibilities & Services
This office is the service provider for the Minnesota Family Investment Program, Diversionary Work Program [DWP], and the Food Stamp Employment and Training Program.

These programs are designed to serve residents of Watonwan County who receive public assistance:
  • The Diversionary Work Program (DWP) - This is a four month program that provides services and supports to eligible families to help them move immediately to work rather than go on welfare.
    • DWP may help with rent, utilities, child care, and transportation.
  • The Food Stamp Employment and Training Program - This is for people receiving only food assistance. The services our office offers include case management, job seeking skills, and possibly some transportation.
  • The Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) - This is for families receiving cash and food stamps. MFIP requires that most people receiving assistance go to work.
    • This program assists recipients in becoming self-sufficient by providing case management services, and job seeking skills training. MFIP provides day care and transportation assistance for participants who go to work.

Contact Us

Heidi Engel
Director, Job Counselor 

Watonwan County Resource Center
108 Eighth St. S.
St. James, MN 56081

Ph: (507) 375-1262
Fx: (507) 375-1260

Monday - Friday
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Closed from noon to 1:00 pm