Prior to WIA, the Northeast Minnesota Office of Job Training 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 the 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.