Hennepin County Career Connections

Hennepin County is changing hiring practices to better reflect the work that employees do. Through the Career Connections program, the county and its partners guide people onto career paths that include training, work experience and professional support once you’re hired.

Jobs will be available in several areas, including human services, information technology, health care, public works, customer service and public safety.


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Pathways training programs and hiring initiatives

The Career Connections program was created to serve people who face barriers to employment, or who are underrepresented in the workforce. Hennepin County is interested in making a long-term commitment to people who are interested in careers in public service. Once you are employed at Hennepin County, you can take advantage of a robust tuition-reimbursement program that will help you to advance your career.

Hennepin County believes in the value of a diverse workforce. That’s why we are focused on removing barriers to employment for people with different types of life experiences, including:

  • Unemployed/underemployed
  • Diverse populations
  • Veterans
  • Students
  • New Americans
  • People with disabilities

Hiring initiatives

Programs for veterans

Hennepin County is committed to supporting military veterans and their families by offering employment opportunities and support through our partnership with Jewish Family and Children's Services (JFCS). To learn more about employment opportunities at the county, connect with JFCS.

Learn more about the veterans hiring initiative (YouTube).

Programs for people with disabilities

Walk the Talk is a Hennepin County hiring initiative aimed at providing employment opportunities for people with disabilities. The Human Services & Public Health Department is currently piloting this program with the goal of expanding opportunities countywide in 2017. We work with our vocational counselors to identify candidates as positions are available. At this time we are not accepting general applications for this program.

Pathways training programs

The Pathway Training Programs are offered as part of the Hennepin County Career Connection’s module and provide a service for individuals looking for employment opportunities with Hennepin County and other regional partners.

Our community-based partners complete the recruitment for the following training/pathways programs. The participants then go through various length classroom trainings by community and educational partners. Current training programs are listed by position.

Learn more about training programs.

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