Prior to WIOA and WIA, the agency was operated under the federal Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) and Economic Dislocated & Worker Adjustment Assistance Acts (EDWAA). From 1974 to 1982, the agency was operated under the federal Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA), which lets you know that our agency has successfully operated employment and training programs for many years.
The governing bodies of JET (formerly Northeast Minnesota Office of Job Training) are the Northeast Minnesota Workforce Development Board (WDB) and the Local Elected Official (LEO) Board of commissioners. WDB membership is defined by WIOA legislation and must have a majority of private sector membership. The remaining members represent education, organized labor, economic development, rehabilitation, public assistance, community-based organizations and employment services. The LEO Board is comprised of one commissioner from each of the seven counties in the joint powers agreement: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis.
LEO Board Meeting Times and Minutes
The Workforce Development Board is a group of individuals dedicated to quality workforce development endeavors throughout northeastern Minnesota. The Board guides the design of local workforce development throughout the counties of Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis, including oversight of the operation of Minnesota WorkForce Centers.
The Local Elected Official Board is comprised of one commissioner from each of the seven counties in the region. Current Board members include:
- Chair, Kevin Adee, Koochiching County
- Vice-Chair, Donald Niemi, Aitkin County
- Secretary, Tom Proulx, Carlton County
- David Mills, Cook County
- Burl Ives, Itasca County
- Pete Walsh, Lake County
- Paul McDonald, St. Louis County