Workforce Development Solutions

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Welcome to Workforce Development Solutions!

For over 20 years, M State has been supporting businesses and industries throughout the region with skills and technology training that is custom designed for each client's needs.

M State's Workforce Development Solutions delivers more than 100,000 hours of training to over 6,000 students each year. We make training convenient by offering it on-site, online or on our campuses in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead and Wadena.

More than 500 companies have hired Workforce Development Solutions for hour-based training that focuses on specific training or production needs and for credit courses that help prepare workers for new responsibilities and advancement.

We will work with your company to develop the training that meets your needs.

Look what we can do for you

WDS Cover GraphicEach year, WDS delivers more than 100,000 hours of training to over 6,000 workers at businesses and industries throughout the region. Check out our viewbook to see all that we have to offer. At WDS, we will work with your company to provide the customized training that you need. 

Training options

On site

Training is delivered at the company's facility on the days and times requested by the customer.

On campus

Training is delivered at one of our campuses (Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead or Wadena). This training option is effective when a client is planning company-wide training and needs a larger space, or when training requires specific equipment such as a computer lab. Training can be customized to meet the customer's needs with the amenities and convenience of utilizing our local campuses.


Online training allows individuals to work at their own pace to complete programs and receive a certificate of completion or, in some instances, continuing education credits (CEUs). Online training is a viable option for individuals who need the flexibility or a more convenient method of training that works for their schedule.

Register for classes

Current Classes

All course fees are due at the time of registration.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, so please reserve your place early as classes fill quickly.

WDS reserves the right to cancel classes due to low enrollment or unforeseen circumstances. If a class is canceled, you will be contacted by phone or e-mail. When M State is closed due to bad weather, customized training classes are also canceled.

See what we have to offer

Our goal is to be the region's training partner of choice

Meet the WDS team

GL Tucker
WDS Executive Director
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Amy Hochgraber
Director of Business & Industry
Contact Amy

Karen Stenstrom
Director of Health Training
Contact Karen


Denice Brewer
Administrative Assistant
For Health Care and Emergency Services:

  • Health Care
  • Emergency Services
  • Fire Training
  • Cosmetology
Phone: 218.299.6576 or 800.426.5603 ext. 6576
Fax: 218.291.4266

BreAnna Tracy
Administrative Assistant
For Open Enrollment courses:

  • Nurse Assistant Testing
  • Nurse Assistant Classes
  • Nurse Assistant Skills Refresher
  • Steam Plant/Boiler Engineering

Email BreAnna
Phone: 218.299.6903 or 800.426.5603 ext. 6903
Fax: 218.299.6933

Sheila Jesness
Administrative Assistant
For Contract Training:

  • Business Development/Leadership
  • Safety
  • Trade and Industry
  • Travel Leaders Academy
  • Electrical
  • MN Mandatory Inspection Recertification
  • Welding
Phone: 218.846.3763 or
800.492.4836 ext. 3763
Fax: 218.846.3706


​​​​Bailey Wothe
Administrative Assistant
Open Enrollment & Contract Training:

  • Motorcycle
  • CDL 
Phone: 218.846.3733 or
800.492.4836 ext. 3733
Fax: 218.846.3706

Ben Doyle
Industrial Maintenance Faculty
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Dana Haagenson

Dana Haagenson
Leadership, Team and Strengths Facilitator
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Josh Heibel
Welding Instructor
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Rick Loveland

Rick Loveland
Fire Service Preparation Faculty
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