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

Hennepin County has a number of training opportunities available for candidates of varying qualifications and career interests. Learn more about training programs.

911 telecommunicator

Train for a career as a 911 telecommunicator with employers such as Hennepin County, City of Minneapolis, Anoka County and Ramsey County. This nine month program is tuition free with evening classes and offered in partnership with Hennepin Technical College and HIRED.


Candidates will be individually assessed based upon their experience and education.

Candidates will complete a background check. A conviction is not an automatic disqualification and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Program status

HIRED will recruit participants for this program starting in June with classes starting in September 2017.

Learn more about 911 telecommunicator program (YouTube).


For more information and to start the process, contact HIRED at 612-529-3342 or visit HIRED 911 and Safety Dispatch.

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