Hennepin Pathways programs

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. Through Hennepin 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 a number of programs. Participants attend classroom trainings offered by our community and educational partners.

Hennepin Pathways training programs prepare 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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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 accepting applications.

Apply

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

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. Check back for updates on the next program.

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).

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

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 6-week training program includes 4 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 six-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
  • 1.5 or more years of recent clerical office experience (within the last 3 years)  — college coursework may be considered for a portion of the required work experience on a case-by-case basis.

Program status

The fall 2018 program is full and no longer accepting applications. The program will begin accepting applications in January 2019.

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

This program builds your computer and professional skills to prepare for positions such as a senior child support officer and human services representative while getting hands-on experience through an internship with Hennepin County and other public sector employer partners.

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.

The fall 2018 cohort is full and is no longer accepting applications. Please check back for future opportunities.

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 will begin accepting applications in December 2018.

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

Property appraiser

In the Property Appraiser Pathway Training Program, you will train for a career in property appraisal. Appraisers collect data to value property and classify properties for tax purposes.

Through this training program, you will receive free professional development classes, technical training in property appraisal, and attend courses to prepare you to take the Certified Minnesota Assessors exam. Participants will be employed in a paid training position for one year with one of the employer partners.

Watch the Appraiser Pathway video (YouTube) to find out more!

Eligibility

  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Have strong communication and customer service skills
  • Are comfortable using or learning algebra and statistics
  • Have a valid driver's license and access to a vehicle
  • Are able to commit to 12 months of classes and an internship

Program status

  • This program is currently full. Please check back for future program dates
  • The Property Appraiser Pathway Training Program is offered in partnership with Project for Pride in Living (PPL), Dakota County, Hennepin County, City of Minneapolis, and Ramsey County.

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
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