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Bremer grant fuels Fergus Falls Talent Community Initiative [UPDATED]

Published 10:16am Monday, August 12, 2013 Updated 12:22pm Monday, August 12, 2013

A workforce development grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation to create a localized “talent community” will soon be implemented in Brainerd, Fergus Falls and Crookston.

The “talent community” concept builds on the fact that more than half of all hires come from brand or relationship referrals, and that a signifi cant portion of hires happen at some point after fi rst contact.

The advent of social media has made the creation of talent communities on the cutting edge of workforce enhancement strategies for both businesses and economic development regions. The Fergus Falls Talent Community project will leverage those facts into a localized, dedicated website whose qualifi ed members will use the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) to market their job readiness.

The NCRC is a skill assessment tool developed by ACT, the college entry exam fi rm that uses real- life work scenarios to measure competencies in math, reading for information and problem-solving. More than 70% of all jobs require those three basic skills, according to ACT researchers.

Nearly 250 individuals have earned their NCRC credential through the Fergus Falls WorkForce Center, and new candidates are being assessed every week. The Fergus Falls Talent Community is being developed by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, along with partners such as Rural Minnesota CEP, Fergus Falls Economic Improvement Commission, Fergus Falls Chamber of Commerce, plus other regional partners. A kick-off event will take place in early Sept.

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