May 16 Career Reset Event Could Change Your Life

 Ready to improve your life or the lives of your family but don’t know where to start? Check out Ridgewater’s  new, free career exploration event – afternoon and evening options – specifically for adults on Tuesday, May 16 on the Willmar campus!

“Career Reset: Training to Change Your Life” aims to help adults who haven’t attended college before – or who tried when maybe the timing wasn’t right – or who are simply ready to take a step forward in life.

  • Do an interest assessment (you want to be happy at your job, right?)
  • Hear from community resource panelists (they know so much!)
  • Explore in-demand career pathways (that means there are jobs available)
  • Meet with staff who will help explore potential next steps (they know what they’re doing and they care!)

Event career pathways include:

  • Agriculture
  • Automotive
  • Business
  • Computer/Information Technology
  • Cosmetology
  • Health Care
  • Manufacturing

Event options:  Afternoon from 12:00 to 3:30 p.m. and evening, 5:30 to 9:00 p.m.

“Ridgewater regularly has career exploration events for high school students and recent graduates,” explained Mike Boehme, Ridgewater dean of technical programs, “but this event targets those folks who are wondering where they could make an impact in their work, who don’t feel like they are using their strengths, and who are open to in-demand training that can launch them to a satisfying career.”

Partners from Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services, Inc. (CMJTS), Glacial Lakes Adult Basic Education, and Ridgewater College hope to create career opportunities and change lives.

“At CMJTS, we know that people are often overwhelmed when making career decisions,” said Cathy Baumgartner, CMJTS workforce development coordinator. “This day is designed to help people understand how aligning their interests, skills, and education will ultimately result in their job satisfaction.  And, perhaps equally as important, we’ll help them find resources that will help them along the way!”

Participants need not possess a high school diploma to participate.

Made possible through funding from the federal Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education grant, the Mid-Minnesota Perkins Partnership and Ridgewater College.

The deadline is Tuesday, May 9. To register, go to or contact Jodi Jordon at 320-222-6072 or