Employment & Training

Responsibilities and Services:

This office is the service provider for the Minnesota Family Investment Program, Diversionary Work Program, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.


These programs are designed to serve residents of Watonwan County who receive public assistance:

  • The Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)
    • This is for families receiving cash and food assistance.  MFIP requires that most people receiving assistance find employment.  The program assists recipients in becoming self-sufficient by providing case management services and job seeking skills.  MFIP can provide daycare and transportation assistance for recipients who are doing job search and / or have found employment.
  • The Diversionary Work Program (DWP)
    • This is a 4-month program that provides case management services and supports to eligible families to help them move immediately to work.
  • The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
    • This is for people receiving food assistance only.  Services offered are case management, job seeking skills, and possibly some transportation support.  **(USDA Nondiscrimination Statement)
  1. Heidi Engel

    Director, Job Counselor

  2. Employment & Training

    Physical Address
    Watonwan Co. Resource Center
    108 8th St S
    St. James, MN 56081


    Mailing Address
    108 8th Street South
    Suite 4
    St James, MN 56081

    Fax: 507-375-1260


    Monday through Friday 
    8:00 am to Noon
    1:00 pm to 4:30 pm