HIRED’s staff walked away with two prestigious awards at the 2014 Joint Counselors Training hosted by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and Minnesota Department of Human Services.
Lenore Rockler won “Dislocated Worker Counselor of the Year” for her dedication to assisting laid-off workers find new employment. Among her many accomplishments, Lenore served 232 participants last year. Of those, 130 found jobs, while others were assisted to enroll in skills training activities with job search activities. Lenore was nominated by her coworker, Nancy Olson, who had the following to say:
Very few employment counselors bring the insight, honesty and passion to make a difference in people’s lives more than Lenore Rockler. One only has to look through her case notes, LinkedIn profile and Outlook calendar to realize that Lenore is all about service and results. Whether her participant is new to a career, ready to switch careers, or is new to Minnesota, they benefit from the expertise and career guidance that Lenore offers as a trainer, coach, subject matter expert and employment counselor.
Pictured are Lenore Rockler (right) and Nancy Olson (left).
The FAST (Families Achieving Success Today) collaborative won “Exceptional Performance by a Team” for its outstanding success in helping low-income families become financially stable. FAST includes five partnering agencies (HIRED, Goodwill-Easter Seals, Open Cities Health Center, People Incorporated and Ramsey County Workforce Solutions) that provide a variety of services, from employment counseling to mental health services. Among its many accomplishments, the FAST collaborative was selected for the award based on its effective communication, innovative methods and continuous improvement throughout their multifaceted team structure. Additionally, families receiving services through FAST were found to increase their annual earnings by 75% – an outstanding achievement for families transitioning from poverty to self-sufficiency.
Pictured Left to right: John Klem (HIRED), Kati Neher ( Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota), Lisa Guetzkow (Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota), Sara Jelinek (HIRED), Amanda Kaiser (People Incorporated), Thomas R. Jaeger (Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota), Kristen Gonzalez (Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota)
Not pictured: Amelia Walicke (HIRED), Jessica McIntosh (HIRED), Joan Anderson (HIRED), Bradley M. Dreis (Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota), Dugan Magraw (Open Cities Health Care Center)