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U.S. Senators visited Goodwill-Easter Seals training facility 

U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., and U.S. Sen Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, celebrated the reauthorization of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act at our Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota auto and construction training center in St. Paul. The Aug. 11 visit allowed the senators to witness our successful and innovative partnerships with community and technical colleges.

Partners from Inver Hills Community College, Dakota County Technical College, St. Paul College, Dakota-Scott Workforce Investment Board, McGough Construction and the MN Department of Employment and Economic Development were all involved in the visit and spoke to the power of the Goodwill-Easter Seals career pathway model. Full story.


Deanna Smiley Gulliford
Director of Community Affairs

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Community Resource Center for service members, veterans and their families
Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota expands services in the St. Cloud community with a dedicated Military Services Coordinator to serve veterans, military members and their families.

FATHER Project provides pathways out of poverty for dads and their children
Four years ago, because of mounting research indicating that children do better when their fathers are involved in their lives, the FATHER Project received a grant to replicate the program in other communities across Minnesota.

Innovation at work - Employment Training & Education programs work because of strong corporate partnerships
For nearly a century, Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota has been training and preparing people to work. Today, our Employment Training and Education programs are recognized as models for workforce developers across the nation.

Positive attitude, positive changes for returning citizen
Reagan was President, the Cold War was still hot, "Say You, Say Me" by Lionel Richie was number one on the charts, cell phones weighed nearly two pounds, and nobody had heard the word "Internet." The world was different in 1985. So was Curtis.