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Building the Future Workforce


Youth Workforce Navigation: Headliner

Youth Workforce Navigation


As a response to the workforce shortage Otter Tail County has partnered with CCS to oversee the Youth Workforce Navigation Program, now in collaboration with the MN Department of Labor & Industry's Youth Skills Training Program.  With 9+ school districts, 3,500 high school students, and almost 2,000 businesses, CCS is helping to:

  • Build the future workforce of Otter Tail County.

  • Build bridges between businesses and schools. 

  • Strengthen strategic partnerships throughout Otter Tail County. 

  • Support the process of student career exploration.

  • Bridge resources between high school educators.

Amy Johnson, of CCS, will offer strategic guidance to both business and education for placement of students in career exploration opportunities. This program is an additive and supportive effort to the existing efforts of Otter Tail County’s school districts and workforce stakeholders.

OTC Works - Youth Workforce Navigation Program Introduction

Erik Osberg of Otter Tail County chats with Amy Johnson of CCS about the new Youth Workforce Navigation Program. May 2022

Youth Workforce Employment Tours - OTC Works

The Youth Workforce Navigation Program took tours at Brunswick Boat Group (Lund Boats) in New York Mills and at KLN Family Brands in Perham. The goal was to see how iconic brands are made and explore career opportunities.
Evan Paulson, now graduate of Ashby High School, was an intern with the Youth Workforce Navigation Program providing input that has helped shape the program for years to come.  This program was developed with insight from Evan's student perspective.

Otter Tail County + CCS Youth Workforce Navigation Presentation

Amy Johnson, Youth Workforce Navigation Program Manager: Otter Tail County County was awarded a Youth Skills Training grant from the Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry to further the Youth Workforce Navigation program. In this video Amy introduces the opportunities for employers to participate in the Youth Skills Training Program.

Interested in expert guidance on engaging the future workforce?

Youth Workforce Navigation: Services
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