Hennepin Pathways programs

The Hennepin Pathways training programs provide training opportunities for individuals looking for employment with Hennepin County and other regional partners.

Hennepin County is adapting hiring practices to better reflect the work our employees do. The Career Pathways training programs, the county and its partners guide participants onto career pathways that include training, work experience and professional support. Our community-based partners complete the recruitment for the following training/pathways programs. Participants attend classroom trainings by community and educational partners.

The Hennepin Pathways training programs prepares participants for jobs in several sectors, including human services, information technology, health care, public works, customer service and public safety. Current training programs are listed by position in the drawers below.

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Building operations technician

In the Building Operations Technician Pathway training program, you can train for building operations and facilities engineer jobs that pay $15 - $28/hr available now with employers like Hennepin County’s Facility Services department, and others. Tuition is free and participants are guaranteed an internship following completion of the classroom training.

Complete the program and you’ll also be prepared to take the Minnesota Special Engineer Boiler Operator’s License Exam. A criminal record is not an automatic disqualifier.

Eligibility

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • Have a desire to work in the facilities and/or maintenance field
  • Are able to work while going to school in the evening

Program status

The program is currently full. Please check back for future program dates.

The Building Operations Technician Pathway Training Program is offered in partnership with Project for Pride in Living (PPL) and Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC).

Healthcare clerical

With the Healthcare Clerical Pathway training program, you’ll build professional and healthcare industry skills to prepare for positions in healthcare clerical roles. This 5-week training program includes 3 weeks of employment readiness skills, computer and office training, and a 2-week job shadow/internship in a healthcare setting. Also included is an introduction to medical terminology and Basic Life Support Certification from the American Heart Association. This full-time accelerated five-week program offers experienced individuals specialized training for free.

**Candidates bilingual in Hmong, Spanish or Somali encouraged to apply.

NOTE: This program partners with other healthcare providers including Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Children’s Hospitals & Clinics and North Memorial Healthcare in addition to Hennepin County. Not all students will complete their job shadow/internships with Hennepin County

Class Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Eligibility

A high school diploma or GED AND

One or more years of clerical office experience — college coursework may be considered for a portion of the required work experience on a case-by-case basis.

Program status

The program will accept applications now through October 9, 2017 or when the class fills.

Apply

Start your application by attending a one-hour information session held every Monday at 9 a.m. at the PPL Learning Center.

  • 1925 Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis
  • Map
  • 612-455-5300
  • Metro Transit buses 2, 5, 9

Human services

Now you can train for a good job while setting yourself up for a great future! With the Human Services Pathway training program, you’ll build your computer and professional skills to prepare for positions such as human services representative while getting hands-on experience through an internship with Hennepin County.

You’ll also earn credits from Normandale Community College through this tuition-free program, giving you a head start on your future academic and professional goals.

Eligibility

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • Strong computer skills
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Multi-tasking abilities in demanding environments

Program status

The Human Services Pathway Training Program is offered in partnership with Project for Pride in Living (PPL) and Normandale Community College.

PPL is currently recruiting participants for this program with classes starting in October 2017.

Apply

Start your application by attending a one-hour information session held every Monday at 9 a.m. at the PPL Learning Center.

  • 1925 Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis
  • Map
  • 612-455-5300
  • Metro Transit buses 2, 5, 9

Office specialist

With the Office Specialist Pathway training program, you’ll build computer and professional skills to prepare for positions at Hennepin County such as office specialist with a wage salary range of $15 – $22/hr. This full-time accelerated six-week program offers experienced individuals specialized training for free.

Eligibility

  • A high school diploma or GED AND
  • One and a half years of clerical office experience — college coursework may be considered for a portion of the required work experience on a case-by-case basis.

Program status

The program is currently full. Please check back for future program dates.

Apply

Start your application by attending a one-hour information session held every Monday at 9 a.m. at the PPL Learning Center.

  • 1925 Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis
  • Map
  • 612-455-5300
  • Metro Transit buses 2, 5, 9

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.

Learn more about 911 telecommunicator program (YouTube).

Eligibility

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

The program is currently full. Please check back for future program dates.

Apply

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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