Workforce Services

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Workforce Services
Government Center Human Services Building
(952) 361-1711

Workforce Services offers support and resources for job seekers. The staff oversees employment and training programs and provides workshops and training events. Workforce Services also offers employer services and programs for local companies.

We have EXTENDED the application deadline for the SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM - please scroll down for more information and application materials!

There are many employers in the area looking for qualified employees!  And you can meet with the employers right here on-site at Carver County Workforce Service Center. Please click on this link to access our Employer of the Day Calendar for Tuesday 5/21/2019:

Current EOD

Resource Room

The Workforce Center Resource Room located at 602 E. 4th Street in Chaska is open to the public five days a week from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Some of the resources available are:

  • Computers to be used for job search or work related purposes.
  • Reference books to research companies.
  • Videos to assist in your job search.
  • Job Leads from the Southwest Metro area.
  • Printer, copier and fax machine that can be used for job search purposes.
  • Resource Room Specialists who can help to answer your questions.
  • Information on community resources for those who are homeless, low-income, or at risk of homelessness.

Employment Programs

Dislocated Workers Program
This program is for people who have been laid off. The Dislocated Worker Program offers free services to help individuals find suitable reemployment and help take the stress and uncertainty out of the process. Services are tailored to address an individual's specific needs. You may be eligible for this program if you are out of work through no fault of your own and eligible for Unemployment Insurance. Call 952-361-1711 for more information or to apply for the Dislocated Worker Program.

Minnesota Family Investment Plan (MFIP) / Diversionary Work Program (DWP) 

MFIP helps families with children meet their basic needs, while helping parents move to financial stability through work. Parents are expected to work, and are supported in working with both cash and food assistance. Most families have a lifetime limit of 60 months on MFIP. MFIP participants work with an Employment Counselor to develop an Employment Plan. Call Financial Assistance Intake at (952) 361-1600 for more information and to apply for MFIP.
When families first apply for cash assistance, they usually start in the Diversionary Work Program (DWP). It is a four-month program that helps parents go to work right away rather than enroll in MFIP.


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - Employment and Training Program

Referred to as SNAP - E and T this program is for individuals ages 18 to 50 who are currently receiving SNAP food support. For information on SNAP Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) call Intake at (952) 361-1600. 

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) program is for adults who are low-income. It is designed to serve the "universal client" with priority given to certain target groups. A person must be screened for eligibility before receiving any training funding. For more information call 952-361-1711.

Youth (Summer and Year-Round- Ages 14-24)
The Youth Program provides summer and year-round work experience and academic enrichment activities. The summer youth program serves low-income targeted youth who are 14-24 years old. Eligibility is complicated and the federal government now requires most funding to be spent on Out-of-School Youth.  Most of the recruitment for the Youth Program is done in the spring for summer employment.  Call Tracy at (952) 361-1717 for more information on In-School Youth or Out-of-School Youth programs. 


Applications are now available for the 2019 Carver County Summer Youth Employment Program! 

Click on the links below to access the application materials.

  1. In School youth-Open and print the cover letter for instructions on how to submit the application completely and correctly.


  2. Click on the link below to open and print the application, fill it out completely, and return it to Carver County Workforce Services with all additional documentation that is required. 

In-School Youth

(Defined as age 14-21 and still in school, live in Carver County and meet additional eligibility criteria)

Youth must complete the application PLUS a school official must fill out the last 2 pages of the application (i.e. “Youth Eligibility Verification”) for verification purposes. 

  • Youth Build (A construction program through SW Metro Co-op that provides work experience plus certain academic credits—youth must be behind on academic credit to participate in this program, priority is given to juniors and seniors.) Youth fill out the application AND have someone from your school fill out the Youth Build referral form AND the Extended Time Registration Doc, in addition to the last 2 pages of the application (“Youth Eligibility Verification”).

Link to cover letter
Link to extended time registration doc
Link to Application
Link to youth build referral form


Out-Of-School Youth – may click on link below and submit online

(Defined as someone age 16-24 that is not enrolled in any school:  has either graduated or received their GED, or has dropped out of school—has not attended in the last available academic quarter. The youth must live in Carver County, and they must also meet other eligibility criteria.)

It is essential that you fill out the application completely and provide all needed information and verification so that we can determine eligibility. May need to provide additional information or eligibility criteria.  


Out-Of-School Youth Application Link:

Please fill out application completely so we can determine if you are eligible.

Once your application has been screened for eligibility, Tracy will contact you to schedule an appointment.

Contact Tracy Greenwood at or 952-361-1717 if you have any questions.

*PLEASE NOTE: We are also recruiting work-sites!!  If you have ideas for work-sites, they must be arranged PRIOR to start of the program in June.  Either provide contact information (name of supervisor and phone number or email) to Tracy, or have your contact call or email Tracy directly to make arrangements for participation.  The site must meet program requirements per state and federal regulations, and must agree to our rules for supervising and evaluating youth.*

Workforce Center Forms

Job seekers are asked to complete the Workforce Service Center Information Form so staff can better assist in job searches, employment program and training opportunities.

Those participating in employment programs IF eligible and approved by your counselor may be asked to complete the Workforce Service Center Mileage Reimbursement Form.

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