Employment services

Hennepin County helps people find jobs by providing career counseling, training and job placement, as well as information about the labor market.

We partner with businesses, community organizations and other government entities.

Suburban Hennepin County job seekers obtain their employment and training services through the Hennepin County Human Resources department and its service partners - Minnesota Workforce Center Hennepin South and Minnesota Workforce Center Hennepin North.

Minneapolis job seekers obtain their employment and training services through the Minneapolis Employment and Training Program, except for residents participating in the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training Program (SNAP E&T). Those residents get employment and training services through Hennepin County Human Services Department.

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Job fairs and announcements

Announcements

Use your EBT card to get fresh food at the Minneapolis Farmers Market on Lyndale

  • Go to the EBT booth at the farmers market to buy tokens and use them to get fresh food, like fruits, vegetables, dairy, eggs and fish.
  • For every $10 of food you buy, you get another $10 to spend on food.
  • At food stalls, look for signs that say, We accept EBT.
  • Minneapolis Farmers Market on Lyndale
    312 East Lyndale Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55405
    Thursday – Sunday
    6 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Minneapolis Farmers Market EBT program

University of St. Thomas associate degree program for low income students

Low-income students with a high school GPA of at least 2.5 are encouraged to apply for a new two-year associate degree program from the University of St. Thomas (UST). The Dougherty Family College, a new college of the UST, is opening in the fall of 2017 on the downtown Minneapolis campus.

  • The goal is to help students earn an Associate of Arts degree with little debt.
  • Each student will be considered for scholarships and grants from the university, donors and corporate sponsors.
  • Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or if ineligible, complete the Minnesota Dream Act Application.
  • Some applicants may pay as little as $1,000 per year.
  • Information sessions will be held June 20 and June 22.
  • Before starting classes, students must take part in a three-week Summer Enrichment Program, Mondays through Thursdays, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m..

For more information, go to University of St Thomas, Dougherty Family College

Free summer meals for youth

Nutritious free meals are available for children and teens 18 and younger at many locations throughout the metro area throughout the summer while school is out of session. For locations and more information:

  • Call 1-866-3-HUNGRY
  • Text ‘Food’ to 877-877 and receive a text back with the address of summer meal sites in your area
  • Download the free Summer Eats Minnesota mobile app at the Google or Apple stores.
  • Call the United Way hotline: dial 211 and follow the directions to find locations
  • Summer eats flyer (PDF)
  • Summer meal sourcing options flyer (PDF)

Free YMCA summer program for high school students

The YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities is offering high school students free membership over the summer break.

  • The free summer program starts June 12 and runs through Sept. 1.
  • The program is open to any Minnesota student entering grades nine through twelve.
  • Twenty-five Minnesota YMCA locations will be participating in the program, which students must sign up for June 1-12, 2017.
  • YMCA summer program flyer (PDF)

Job fairs

Job Development Career Fair

  • Monday, July 10, 2017
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Hennepin County Library – North Regional
    1315 Lowry Avenue N, 2nd Floor Meeting Room
    Minneapolis, MN 55411
  • Career fair flyer (PDF)

Employer of the Day – Orion Associates
Direct support

  • Tuesday, July 11, 2017
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Sabathani Community Center
    310 East 38th Street # 120
    Minneapolis, MN 55409
  • Flyer will be available soon

Employer of the Day – UPS
Package handlers

  • Tuesday, July 18, 2017
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Sabathani Community Center
    310 East 38th Street # 120
    Minneapolis, MN 55409
  • Flyer will be available soon

Cub Foods Hiring Event
Deli, bakery, cashier, stock

  • Tuesday, July 25, 2017
  • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Northwest Family Service Center
    7051 Brooklyn Blvd. # 200
    Brooklyn Center, MN 55429
  • Flyer will be available soon

Comcast Hiring Event
Customer service representatives, retail sales, communication technicians

  • Wednesday, July 26, 2017
  • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Northwest Family Service Center
    7051 Brooklyn Blvd. # 200
    Brooklyn Center, MN 55429
  • Flyer will be available soon

Job Development Career Fair

  • Monday, August 7, 2017
  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central
    300 Nicollet Mall, 2nd Floor
    Minneapolis, MN 55401
  • Flyer will be available soon

Employment programs

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program employment and training (SNAP E&T)

The program's purpose is to provide employment training to able-bodied people, ages 18-50, who receive food support, but no other cash assistance. As of October 1, 2013, participation in work or job search activities is required each month that the participant receives food support.

Services include an individual assessment of work-related strengths and barriers, and an Employability Development Plan (EDP) designed to help participants get a job. Training may include General Equivalency Diploma (GED), English as a Second Language (ESL), high school diploma or short-term vocational training.

SNAP E&T services are administered at the Work and Employment Resource Center (WERC) located at Sabathani Community Center, 310 East 38th Street, Minneapolis

The program is jointly administered by the Minnesota Departments of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and Human Services (DHS).

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Minnesota Family Investment Program - employment services

This program supports families as they move from public assistance to employment. Participation in employment programs is required for most adults who receive public assistance. All participants receive an assessment and an employment plan toward self-sufficiency.

Participants must meet program requirements or their benefits will be reduced; lifetime benefits are limited to 60 months. Child care and medical services are also available to help participants transition from public assistance and into work.

Employment services providers include the Minnesota WorkForce Center Partners, community action agencies, educational agencies, county agencies, and other non-profit groups, as shown in the MFIP & DWP Employment Service Providers list.

The program is a partnership between Hennepin County and City of Minneapolis.

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Resources for job seekers

Job-seeking resources in the Work and Economic Resource Center (WERC) are available to people receiving public assistance and to other members of the general public. The center provides trained staff to assist and direct customers in their job and housing searches.

Sabathani Community Center, 310 East 38th Street, Minneapolis

612-596-7438

Services available

Computer access

  • Type resumes, cover letters and business letters using WinWay Resume.
  • Use Deluxe and/or Microsoft Word software programs.
  • Practice and test typing, and 10-key skills using Mavis Beacon Typing Tutorial software program.

High-speed internet access

  • Search for and research jobs online.
  • Write and post resumes and cover letters online.
  • E-mail prospective employers.
  • Research companies and the employment market.
  • Search for affordable housing.
  • E-mail prospective landlords.
  • File for unemployment benefits.
  • Complete and file federal and state taxes.

Fax services

  • Send resumes, cover letters, job applications, W-4 forms, etc. to prospective employers.
  • Apply for housing.

Copy machine

  • Make copies of resumes, cover letters, job and housing applications, W-4 forms, and other job-related information.

Information and job search assistance

The center has a vast selection of informational resources available for customers. Our expert staff can provide training and individual assistance in:

  • Online job search
  • Writing resumes
  • Writing cover letters
  • Networking
  • Job Networking and Support Groups
  • Cold-calling and telephone interviews with employers
  • Interviewing with prospective employers
  • Finding work after prison
  • Finding work regardless of possible barriers, such as criminal backgrounds, age discrimination, etc.
  • Creating portfolios
  • "Elevator" speeches

Additional resources for job training and education:

  • Minnesota Workforce Center classes
  • Lists of local non-profit job-training programs

Other resources

We offer connections to community resources to help you find what you need, including:

  • Food shelves
  • Free meals
  • Utility assistance
  • Domestic abuse
  • Adult education
  • Community service sites
  • Legal assistance
  • Housing/Shelters
  • Community health
  • Veterans’ services
  • Transportation

Please note: The center's computers are made available for the sole purpose of job and housing searches. Anyone who uses them for other purposes will be asked to leave.

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