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The Hennepin experience

In 2013, county leaders projected a looming workforce shortage due to a wave of county employees reaching retirement age. The timeline below shows the ways funding, policy, and programs intertwined to create Hennepin County’s Pathways program. 

2013 analysis, 2014 training begins, 2015 test program type, 2016 expansion, 2017 refinement, 2018 internal advancement

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Current Hennepin County Pathways

Building Operations Technician

Prepares graduates for a career in residential or commercial building care and maintenance.

  • Length: 8 months
  • Career fields: facilities engineering, operations, and maintenance
  • Program partners: Project for Pride in Living and Minneapolis College

Building operations technician pathway

two men at a construction site

Human Services Representative

Participants build computer and professional skills to prepare for Human Services positions. These positions all involve helping community members navigate county benefits.

  • Length: 9 months
  • Career field: Human services
  • Program partners: Project for Pride in Living and Normandale Community College

Human services representative pathway

students in class

Office Specialist

Eight-week training offered twice per year in partnership with Project for Pride in Living.

  • Length: 8 weeks
  • Career fields: Customer service and administrative
  • Program partners: Project for Pride in Living

Office specialist pathway

girl working at a computer

Operator Apprenticeship with Hennepin Energy Recovery Center

Apprenticeship graduates are offered full time employment at the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center to gain hands-on experience in welding, working in confined spaces, and general machine maintenance.

  • Length: 9 months
  • Career fields: Heavy equipment operation, facilities, and maintenance
  • Program partners: Project for Pride in Living and Heavy Metal Academy
Hennepin Energy Recovery Center