Training programs

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

By taking part in one of our training programs, you gain real-world skills while making a difference in your community.

Here's an example of one of our training programs:


 

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Building operations technician

With PPL’s free Building Operations Technician Training Program, you can train for building operations and facilities engineer jobs that pay $19–$28/hr available now at Twin Cities employers. You’ll get the hands-on training you need, including the basics of electric circuits and motors, HVAC, plumbing, using trade tools, and more. You’ll see these skills in action with the chance to job shadow a building operations professional on the job.

Complete the program and you’ll also be prepared to take the Minnesota Special Engineer Boiler Operator’s License Exam and eligible for credits from MCTC to get a head start on your future academic and professional goals.

Eligibility

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • Six months of work experience in facilities and/or maintenance

Program status

The building operations technician training program has started. Continue to check back for information on upcoming classes or contact PPL directly.

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

Building operations technician training program flyer (PDF)

Health advocate

Train for a good job with a great career path at PPL’s free Health Advocate training program. You’ll build computer and professional skills to prepare for positions like Health Advocate, working to connect residents to local resources that meet their healthcare needs. You’ll also get a hands-on learning experience, plus credits from MCTC upon completion, giving you a head start on your future academic and professional goals.

Eligibility

  • High school diploma or GED
  • At least six months of work experience in customer service (non-retail)

Program status

PPL is currently recruiting candidates to begin the next program in August 2016.

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 

Health advocate training program flyer (PDF)

Human services

Now you can train for a good job while setting yourself up for a great future! With PPL’s human services 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 upon completion, 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

PPL is currently recruiting candidates to begin the next program with Normandale Community College in January 2017. Learn more about the program (YouTube).

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 training program flyer (PDF)

Office administration

Train for a good job with a great career path at PPL’s free Public Sector Office Administration training program. You’ll build computer and professional skills to prepare for positions such as Office Specialist, providing customer service and organizing and preparing materials to support fellow employees. You’ll also get a hands-on learning experience, plus credits from MCTC upon completion, giving you a head start on your future academic and professional goals.

Eligibility 

  • High school diploma or GED
  • At least six months of office clerical experience

Program status

PPL is currently recruiting candidates to begin the next program in July 2016.

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 administration training program flyer (PDF)

Office specialist

With PPL’s free office specialist 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 $14 – $21/hr. This full-time accelerated six-week program offers experienced individuals specialized training.

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

PPL is currently recruiting candidates to begin the next program in August 2016. Learn more about the program (YouTube).

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 training program flyer (PDF)

Public works

The Public Works Professional Rotation Program provides a unique opportunity for recent graduates of science and technology, engineering, environmental and planning degrees and programs to receive practical work experience.

Employees placed in the rotation program will complete 3-6 month assignments in various Public Works departments: Community Works, Environment and Energy, Planning, Transportation, Project Delivery and Operations, Management Support and Administration.

Experiences of past Rotational Program participants

  • “The rotational program offers a really unique opportunity to move around and learn a lot of different things and lot of information. I think that’s really important when you first get out of school.” — Shefali Pai, Environment and Energy
  • “I’ve really liked learning from the people I work with. Some of them have been in this business a long time and have a lot to offer. There is definitely a wealth of different experiences within the different departments.” — Oliver Smith, Community Works
  • “The opportunity to work for an organization that values its employees and really works to help them grow in their careers is extremely important to me.” — Josh Potter, Transportation

Learn more

To hear more about what past participants have to say about the program, watch the video at the top of this page. You can also contact recruiter Leanne Rajtar for more information at 612-348-9045 or leanne.rajtar@hennepin.us.

Get started

There are currently no open positions within the Rotation Program, but watch for future opportunities!

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