We recognize this is a difficult time for those who are impacted by the upcoming layoffs at UPM Blandin Paper Company. Our thoughts are with you. There are services available to those who are losing their jobs, free of charge, to help you through this transition, including the Dislocated Worker Program. We will be here as long as you need; we are committed to supporting you.

Minnesota Job Partners has been selected by a committee of UPM Blandin Paper Company employees to provide Dislocated Worker Program services to those impacted by the layoffs at Blandin. This program of benefits is free, and provides you with opportunities for training, career counseling, résumé assistance, financial support, and more. State and federal funding make this program possible.

We want to extend a warm welcome to you. Job loss can be stressful when your future is uncertain. Minnesota Job Partners employs a team of experts who can help you confidently step into your bright future.  All of us here at MJP look forward to working with you through this transition. Our LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter accounts offer additional avenues for you to receive up-to-date information from our agency. MJP also recently created a Pinterest account to share helpful job search articles with our participants.


Call us at (612) 676-3710 to learn more!




Participation in our program begins with attending a registration session. These sessions are facilitated by friendly, experienced staff who will begin by explaining the Dislocated Worker Program to you. Next, you will complete your application, with the facilitator walking you through the paperwork & answering any questions you may have.

After attending an enrollment session, you will be contacted by your counselor to arrange a one-on-one session. In this meeting with your counselor, you will establish a relationship and share your story. This meeting is all about YOU: your education, your work history, your family, health, finances - you want to give your counselor your full history so they can best help you determine a plan to achieve your goals. At the completion of this meeting, you are enrolled & can start taking advantage of our program's benefits!

After meeting with your counselor, you will start working on your action steps - the items in your individual employment plan (IEP) that require your attention. Training, résumé assistance, workshops, interview preparation, and financial support are just a few features we can assist you with. You and your counselor will monitor your progress toward reaching your goals, and adjust your IEP as necessary.


Amanda Kingsley

Amanda has over 10 years of experience in training, human resources and job development. Her experience is unique to dislocated workers and facilitating veteran’s employment. Amanda is certified by NVTI and the University of Denver as a Veteran’s Employment Specialist and Employer Development Specialist. She keeps strong ties to the community by working with potential employers on a weekly basis and staying active in the Chamber Events, Career Fairs, Community Outreach such as the Blandin Foundation, Yellow Ribbon, County Veterans Service Offices and a variety of industrial companies.

Amanda has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology as well as a collective of 13 years of active and reserve military service. She proudly provids career development transition services for individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds/experiences, facilitating workshops, and tailoring job seekers needs.

Wendy Rue

Wendy has over a year in Job Counseling and has over 10 years in mentoring in her community. She is active in the community and has resources available for everyone. Wendy’s experience in mentoring has proven to have long term affects with her clients

Wendy demonstrates a creative and energetic personality when interacting with all her clients. Her professional connections with businesses both in the Workforce Center and out have been valuable to all staff and clients she assists.

Wendy has Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in Human Service and has knowledge of hiring processes on a local and state platform.

Debbie Hill

Debbie has worked as an Accounting Clerk and Human Resource Coordinator for 6 years and has over 24 years of experience as a Job Placement Specialist and Employment Counselor. She has been well connected to all the organizations in the community and prides herself on assisting those who are re-entering the work place or entering for the first time. 

Debbie has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and English Literature. She has navigated the job deployment and job seeker assistance programs with ease and accuracy for over 24 years and is happy to help with any task.   

Robert T. Hocking

Bob has 32 years of Job Placement Experience. He has an extensive knowledge with Case Management, Entrepreneur / Research Projects, Program Development / Implementation, Psychology and Sociology Methods/Practices, Marketing / Research, Graphic Design, Community Relations and Lifelong Learning.

Bob always approaches challenging situations with a positive attitude and armed with the practical knowledge from his unique experiences working within the community. In addition to his years of success in the Job Placement arena, he also has an extensive list of business and organizational connections.

Bob has Master’s Degree in Teaching (College Level) and a Bachelor of Arts in the Arts/English/Psychology/Sociology. With Bob's education and life/work experience, he brings a wide range of successful job placement strategies to all the participants he counsels.

Aileen DeMenge

Aileen has over 10 years experiences as career counselor, mentor and job development specialist. Her creativity and energetic outlook on people re-entering or entering the workplace has proven to help all her clients succeed beyond their expectations. Aileen see the potential in her clients and helps them develop a strategy to find the ideal position they can thrive in.

Aileen facilitates energetic and educational workshops to all job seekers and people in need of guidance. Since Aileen is a community mentor, she keeps her connections strong with potential employers and her extensive job network.

Aileen has an Associate Degree in Human Services and a Bachelor’s in Organizational Management and Communications. She knows what employers are looking for and can help match clients to their potential new career.


In addition to the Dislocated Worker Program, you are also eligible for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA). TAA is a federal program available to workers who lose their jobs as a result of increased foreign trade activity. Nelson Global Products has been certified TAA eligible. This means there are additional benefits available to you beyond the Dislocated Worker program, including relocation allowance, funding for training, extended unemployment benefits while enrolled in a TAA-approved training, a wage subsidy benefit for workers over 50, and on-the-job training. You must be enrolled in the Dislocated Worker program to access TAA benefits. Your Dislocated Worker program counselor will help you understand and apply for TAA benefits.

This is a lot of information; there are many benefits available to you, and it might feel a little overwhelming trying to understand them all. Your counselor is your partner through this transition and will help you every step of the way! You can call or email your counselor any time to ask questions or get clarification. They're here to help you. We've put a graphic together to help you understand how these programs work together.



1776: number of people we have served since 3/29/15

1100: number of participants who have enrolled in training funded through our program

89.5%: successful exit rate (state's goal = 86%)

101%: wage replacement rate (state's goal = 80%)


A former participant after a recent interview & job offer:
“They were so very impressed with all the efforts I had gone through to keep up in the industry with my conference attendance and to enhance & grow my computer skills as a designer. I CANNOT thank you and Minnesota Job Partners enough for the priceless offerings you have given me. You completely gave me an edge above the rest and I will be much more successful in this job because of it...You really have a SOLID program that honestly has meant so much to me (and so many others.) At a rough time when it was a struggle to get on my feet, I feel I had an organization and the government behind me that wanted me to succeed and offered me the financial, people and tangible resources to build my confidence and keep me relevant. And it showed in my interviews! I am really grateful for my job and it is a great new home."

MJP has been working with Blandin HR representatives and the Selection & Planning Committee members to plan registration sessions and one on one counselor meetings. If you are interested in enrolling with us, please call (612) 676-3710 to schedule a one-on-one session. We will meet you near your home.

Please bring the following to your session:

Layoff letter * Driver's License or State-issued photo ID * Social Security Card or W2 * DD214 (if veteran)

If you don't have all of these items on hand, don't worry! You can bring them to your first meeting with your counselor, but we will need them prior to completing your enrollment (this is a state requirement).



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