Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program [CEP] was established in 1968 as a private, non-profit corporation for the purpose of providing training and employment opportunities to economically disadvantaged/unemployed people in northwestern Minnesota. The CEP's area of operation currently incorporates 19 counties - Becker, Beltrami, Cass, Clay, Clearwater, Crow Wing, Douglas, Grant, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Morrison, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Todd, Traverse, Wadena, and Wilkin. Rural CEP received a designation and funding as a prime sponsor of the federal CETA program in 1973. Remaining funds for the operation of Rural CEP come from a variety of state, federal, and private sources.
Rural CEP provides individuals with training and employment opportunities through a variety of programs, including Title IIA and Title III programs, wage subsidy programs, and the Senior Community Services Employment Program [SCSEP]. Training is made available through classes and workshops and on-the-job training. Through the years, Rural CEP has been recognized several times for the success of the programs, and yearly works with some 6000-8000 clients.
Rural CEP files include board minutes, grant applications, local service unit plants, miscellaneous subject files, including summer youth program files, and files concerning the various major programs: Displaced Homemakers projects; Job Training Partnership Act projects; Emergency Employment projects; and Senior Community Service Employment projects. All documents in the collection are in excellent condition.