Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center now open

The Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center serves as a pipeline to public and private sector job opportunities. Resources focus on the neighborhood’s East African community, by connecting residents to livable wage jobs. Key goals of the center include:

  • Reducing the neighborhood’s unemployment rate 
  • Increasing access to educational programs

EMERGE Community Development programming at the center will include:

  • Workforce development – Conversations with a workforce coach to explore jobs that fit experience, interests and aptitudes
  • Youth employment and education – Computer skills education, employment experience and more
  • Personal finance help - Financial coaches available to set up a budget and start to build savings

Hennepin County Library programming includes:

  • Teen Tech Squad, which will lead technology-based workshops designed to develop creative problem solving skills
  • An overview of library resources that can assist with building job skills
  • Employment-focused learning circles with tips on preparing for job interviews

Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) programming includes:

  • A career navigator, who provides guidance to pathways and college programs that offer the greatest job placement and wage opportunities
  • Metro Connect, a resource that allows prospective students to find the most affordable college options available at Minnesota State campuses in the metro area

Employers with a robust recruiting presence at the center will include Hennepin County, Fairview Health Services, Hennepin County Medical Center, City of Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Augsburg College and St. Catherine University.

More information about services will be available at