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Program types

Current programs

Join as an employer partner on an established program. Community partners often seek additional employers to contribute to and hire from programs. This is a cost-effective option that can be done in a relatively short time. Review intake guidelines and program content to ensure graduates will qualify for available positions. Program may supplement all or partial experience to qualify.

  • Example: Hennepin County’s Operator Apprenticeship program adds a paid work experience and heavy equipment training to the existing Building Operations Technician program. These additions allow graduates to meet the minimum qualifications for the intended positions.

Multi-partner program

Combine efforts with other employers to identify similar hiring needs. This structure allows for a larger cohort and shares responsibility for hiring amongst partners. Employers collaborate on details to include required qualifications, curriculum, timelines, and hiring process. This is a mid-range program cost option.

  • Example: Hennepin County’s Human Services Program is a multi-partner program. Employers meet regularly to create a cohesive experience. Credentials are obtained through customized college coursework. This is Hennepin County’s longest running program and has resulted in hundreds of hired graduates.

Single employer program

Collaborate with a community partner to develop a unique program specific to one employer’s long term workforce strategy. This is highly customizable and involves extensive planning that can take up to 12 months. Employer commits to several cohorts and having positions available for all successful graduates.

  • Example: Hennepin County is the sole employer for its Office Specialist program. Innovative hiring process ensures graduates obtain and retain positions countywide. The large number of hires, consistently over time, has led to a robust support structure internally, including an Employee Resource Group for graduates and allies.

Internal program

An organization may choose to create their own program using internal resources by absorbing program costs, selection process, implementation, and retention support.