Employment services

Hennepin County helps people find jobs by providing career counseling, training and job placement, as well as information about the labor market.

We partner with businesses, community organizations and other government entities.

Suburban Hennepin County job seekers obtain their employment and training services through the Hennepin County Human Resources department and its service partners - Minnesota Workforce Center Hennepin South and Minnesota Workforce Center Hennepin North.

Minneapolis job seekers obtain their employment and training services through the Minneapolis Employment and Training Program, except for residents participating in the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training Program (SNAP E&T). Those residents get employment and training services through Hennepin County Human Services Department.

We are a proud partner of the American Job Center network.

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Job fairs and announcements

Job fairs and hiring events  

Employer panel and job development career fair
Sponsored by Hennepin County

  • Monday, December 10, 2018, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central
    300 Nicollet Mall, 2nd floor, Minneapolis, 55401
  • December 10 event flyer (PDF)

Announcements

Free Thanksgiving meals

Many community agencies provide free Thanksgiving meals. Some require reservations. For more information call United Way at 2-1-1.

Free Thanksgiving meals (PDF)

The Minnesota Cold Weather Rule

Minnesota’s Cold Weather Rule (CWR) is now in effect until April 15. To learn more about signing up for a payment plan, go to the Community Resources section, and scroll down Energy assistance. View the Cold Weather Rule brochure (PDF).
Posted 10/16/18.

Participants needed in U of M study

The University of Minnesota (U of M) is looking for people to take part in a study about children’s eating and play habits. Somali, Latino, Hmong, Native American and African American families that have children between 5 and 9 years old to are encouraged to take a survey to help the U of M create programs for healthy children. Before taking the on-line survey, parents/guardians will need the height and weight measurements for each child. The survey takes about one hour to complete. Participants will be sent a $60 gift card. 18 months later, another survey will be sent and participants will get another $60 gift card. Information is kept confidential. For more information, please email family1@umn.edu, or call at 612-624-3129. Posted 9/11/18.

EMERGE is launching many free training programs:

  • Manufacturing Foundations (key skills: forklift operation & OSHA 10) - starts October 17
  • Class A CDL drivers’ license– Ongoing start date

For more information, go to Community resources, education and training, Education and training section.

Crisis resources

Crisis Text Line: Text MN to 741 741 for free help for people across Minnesota who are having a mental health crisis or are contemplating suicide. The Crisis Text Line is available 24/7.

In the Twin Cities metro area, call **CRISIS (274747) from a cell phone to talk to a team of professionals who can help you, 24/7.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a toll-free number: 800-273-TALK (8255). The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones.

Resources for job seekers

Job-seeking resources in the Work and Economic Resource Center (WERC) are available to people receiving public assistance and to other members of the general public. The center provides trained staff to assist and direct customers in their job and housing searches.

Sabathani Community Center, 310 East 38th Street, Minneapolis

612-348-9872

Services available

Computer access

  • Type resumes, cover letters and business letters using WinWay Resume.
  • Use Deluxe and/or Microsoft Word software programs.
  • Practice and test typing, and 10-key skills using Mavis Beacon Typing Tutorial software program.

High-speed internet access

  • Search for and research jobs online.
  • Write and post resumes and cover letters online.
  • E-mail prospective employers.
  • Research companies and the employment market.
  • Search for affordable housing.
  • E-mail prospective landlords.
  • File for unemployment benefits.
  • Complete and file federal and state taxes.

Fax services

  • Send resumes, cover letters, job applications, W-4 forms, etc. to prospective employers.
  • Apply for housing.

Copy machine

  • Make copies of resumes, cover letters, job and housing applications, W-4 forms, and other job-related information.

Information and job search assistance

The center has a vast selection of informational resources available for customers. Our expert staff can provide training and individual assistance in:

  • Online job search
  • Writing resumes
  • Writing cover letters
  • Networking
  • Job Networking and Support Groups
  • Cold-calling and telephone interviews with employers
  • Interviewing with prospective employers
  • Finding work after prison
  • Finding work regardless of possible barriers, such as criminal backgrounds, age discrimination, etc.
  • Creating portfolios
  • "Elevator" speeches

Additional resources for job training and education:

  • Minnesota Workforce Center classes
  • Lists of local non-profit job-training programs

Other resources

We offer connections to community resources to help you find what you need, including:

  • Food shelves
  • Free meals
  • Utility assistance
  • Domestic abuse
  • Adult education
  • Community service sites
  • Legal assistance
  • Housing/Shelters
  • Community health
  • Veterans’ services
  • Transportation

Please note: The center's computers are made available for the sole purpose of job and housing searches. Anyone who uses them for other purposes will be asked to leave.

Community resources, education and training

Budgeting and finance

School supplies tax credit for parents

When parents purchase school supplies for children in grades K - 12, they need to keep their receipts for tax time because they may be able to get money back or lower the taxes owed. To see what school expenses qualify, learn more at www.youclaimit.org or call Prepare + Prosper at 651-287-0187.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau provides resources to help consumers make informed financial decisions. Visit Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Financial Literacy Directory

Many organizations are available to help people get tools they need to budget, create savings, reduce debt and build a good credit rating. The agencies listed in this booklet provide a variety of financial services, so be sure to check the individual websites for more details. View the directory (PDF).

Changing Lives Minnesota

Center for Changing Lives Minnesota, part of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, presents a free three day Financial Literacy course each month. Learn about budgeting, reducing debt and building assets, building a good credit rating and how to protect your money from scams. Learn about the Four Cornerstones of Financial Literacy Classes

Career exploration

My Next Move

MyNextMove.org is a career exploration website sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Center for Changing Lives Minnesota, part of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, presents a free 3-week Employment Empowerment class. Topics include learning your natural skills to help you discover your career, job search skills, how to handle life when it overwhelms you and other techniques to increase chances of success. Classes presented monthly.

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development Career and Education Explorer Data Tool

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development Job Search Guide provides insights and practical advice to help job seekers plan and launch a successful job search.

Avivo Virtual Career Center: resources for anyone looking for career development and job search tools including interest assessments and career research tools. (Some resources are only for Avivo participants).

Communication

Low-cost internet service through Internet Essentials from Comcast

Find out if you’re eligible to get home Internet for $9.95 plus tax per month. You must:

  • Have at least one child who qualifies for the National School Lunch Program.
  • Do not have outstanding debt to Comcast that is less than a year old.
  • Families with outstanding debt more one year old may still be eligible.
  • Live in an area where Comcast Internet service is available but have not subscribe to it within the last 90 days.

For more information visit Internet Essentials.

Corrections, crime and justice

Ex-Offender Job Readiness, created by Americorps members from the Community Technology Empowerment Project.

Jobs for Felons Hub

Step Ahead — Career planning for people with criminal convictions

Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid Clinics – free legal consultations on civil matters

The New Leaf Workshop

The New Leaf Workshop is designed for job seekers with a criminal record who are having a difficult time getting hired. This class combines the Creative Job Search course along with information on how, when, and why to disclose your record, addressing employers’ concerns, answering tough interview questions, and more. Workshops are held at Minnesota Workforce Centers throughout the Metro area and are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. See New Leaf Workshop flyer for locations and dates (PDF).

County inmate rosters

Adult corrections facility inmate roster and the county sheriff jail roster allows you to search by name. The information is public according to state law (Minnesota Statute 641.05). Search rosters.

Accessibility Incorporated

Accessibility Incorporated's Career and Educational Pathways program provides jobs and training for people with criminal backgrounds making the transition from jail to the community. Find information and referral forms.

DHS criminal expungements information

The Minnesota Department of Human Services' Basics on Criminal Expungements provides information on how to seal criminal records. Expungement information (PDF).

Office of Justice Programs (Minnesota)

The Office of Justice Programs provides information on how to help crime victims. Information includes victim rights, victim advocates and financial assistance. Visit the program

Legal Rights Center

The Legal Rights Center provides free criminal defense and restorative justice services to low-income people who reside in Hennepin County.

SOAR Program

The SOAR Program works with youth between the ages of 18 to 24, who have had run-ins with the law and are seeking educational opportunities.  SOAR offers grant and scholarship opportunities to youth to help them get their GEDs and additional training. Must live in zip codes listed in the attached flyer.

SOAR is a program of OIC of America. Learn more about SOAR (PDF).

Deaf and hard of hearing traffic card

Traffic card can help people who are deaf communicate with law enforcement officials. The Minnesota Department of Human Services has tool to help improve communications between people who are deaf and law enforcement. The two-way communication card provides guidance to officers and can help facilitate the interaction. The card was designed with significant input from Minnesotans who are deaf and hard of hearing, who identified symbols that would be most helpful to them in communicating. Deaf and hard of hearing traffic card (PDF)

Volunteer Lawyers Network

Volunteer Lawyers Network uses the power of volunteers to protect and enforce the legal rights of low-income Minnesotans.

Early intervention and youth resources

Education and training

Apprenticeship Minnesota

Apprenticeships offer classroom and hands-on paid training in more than 100 in-demand occupations. Apprenticeships earn a paycheck from Day One and national certifications after they complete the program.

EMERGE

This program provides employment help, job training, financial services, GED test prep, and housing. Training offered includes information technology essentials, machining training, janitorial training, property maintenance technician, welding, certified nursing assistant, commercial driver's license (CDL), manufacturing foundations and solar panel installation. For more information, go to Emerge-mn.org, call 612-529-9267, or email training@emerge-mn.org.

About closing colleges

If a client's for-profit college is closing, employment counselors may use the attached document to advise clients about their options. Closing colleges FAQ information (PDF)

Associate degree program for low income students

Low-income students with a high school GPA of at least 2.5 are encouraged to apply for a two-year associate degree program from the University of St. Thomas (UST). The Dougherty Family College is located on the downtown UST Minneapolis campus. Eligible students may be eligible for scholarships and grants and may pay as little as $1000 per year. For more information, visit University of St Thomas, Dougherty Family College

Urban Tech Jobs Program

The Urban Tech Jobs Program (UTJP) is an accelerated technology training program that is exclusively designed for unemployed adults 18 and over, with a high school diploma or GED.

  • Free classes and training at the Minneapolis Urban League
  • Technology training programs from Microsoft, Cisco, CompTIA and others
  • Job readiness, personal resiliency and development workshops available, as well as counseling and paid work experience.
  • Contact Cathy Stephens at cstephens@mul.org or by phone by 612-302-3135.
  • Visit UTJP online.

IT training- Minneapolis TechHire Initiative

The Minneapolis region, the City of Minneapolis, three high-quality accelerated learning programs: PRIME Digital Academy, IT Futures Foundation – IT Ready, and Concordia University – Software Guild, and 60 regional employers have come together with the purpose of training and placing nontraditional, diverse IT workers into software engineering and support roles. Numerous education and training opportunities including free training are available at Minneapolis TechHire Initiative.

Virtual Career Network

Virtual Career Network offers information on career options, free online classes, opportunities to locate training and education programs, and to find job openings in healthcare, green economy and transit. Find openings.

Minneapolis Public Schools adult education

Minneapolis Public Schools adult education offers classes in English Language, GED preparation, computer classes, math, science, social studies, FastTRAC, Career Pathways, citizenship classes, Child Development Associate (CDA) and employment skills preparation. Minneapolis Education 2015-2016 program brochure (PDF)

Construction for native youth

Little Earth YouthBuild Program: paid construction training for 18-24 year old members of the Native community. The program provides training, learning carpentry skills and job placement assistance. View the flyer for the Little Earth YouthBuild Program (PDF)

Short-term training

Avivo (formerly RESOURCE) offers eight industry-specific, training programs at their Twin Cities’ locations. Find program and start dates online. Training programs at Avivo include accounting support, core manufacturing skills, IT support, maintenance (custodial), mechatronics, medical office support, office support specialist, warehouse operations.

Basic highway laborer training

Avivo, along with HIRED, have been awarded a grant through MNDOT-DEED to provide recruitment and case management services for basic highway construction laborer training (starting mid-April), support services and job search resources for women and minorities (18+), to increase their opportunities for employment in the highway construction industry. There are many pre-requirements, however the training is free and beginning wages are $16 - $26 an hour.

Interested and eligible applicants can complete the 2018 application and email it to Dawn.Trimarco@HIRED.org. For other questions, contact Dan Dillon at dan.dillon@avivomn.org.

CLUES provides the Bridge to Your Future free training programs including Customer Service, Skilled Trades and Healthcare Programs.

Eastside Neighborhood Services vocational training: personal and home care aide, forklift operator, ServSafe food safety manager and leadership management. NEW: Spanish ServSafe food safety manager. Visit vocational training program for Eastside Neighborhood Services. 

Goodwill Easter Seals training programs: banking and finance, medical office, customer service/call center, construction, automotive service technician, and retail. Program brochure for Goodwill Easter Seals (PDF)

HAP is offering free bus driver training in May. Students will get their Class B- CDL with school bus and passenger endorsements. HAP will hold an information session every Tuesday at 2 p.m. at their Arcade Street office. View the CDL training flyer (PDF).

Hennepin Pathways Programs provide free training opportunities for individuals looking for employment with Hennepin County and other regional partners. Hennepin Pathways training programs prepare participants for jobs in several areas, including human services, building operations, office administration, and 911 telecommunications. Information on current training programs can be found on Hennepin County Career Pathways.

HIRED Career Pathway Training: HIRED offers a number of opportunities for career training in high demand fields. Their programs have been developed in partnership with local employers to quickly prepare people for in-demand jobs including:

  • 911 telecommunications
  • Barista
  • Manufacturing
  • Medical call center
  • Office administration
  • Construction
  • Roofing construction
  • Transportation (including commercial driver learning permit training)

For more information, visit Career Pathway Training online.

International Institute of Minnesota tuition-free training programs for new Americans:

OfficePRO training: in just five weeks, eligible participants will learn basic office skills including typing, 10-key, Microsoft programs such as Excel and Powerpoint, business communication and professionalism, and more. Sponsored by St. Paul College and HIRED.

People Serving People offers free short-term training programs, including a free 13-week culinary training program and a three-week banking training program.

Summit Academy: 20-week accredited courses in the construction and health care, financial aid available for qualified students, job placement assistance for graduates. Visit Summit Academy.

Takoda Institute of Higher Learning: offers IT fundamentals, computer support specialist, computer basics, customer service, digital office professional, information technology services management, patient services specialist, project management and GED classes. Visit Takoda Institute of Higher Learning.

YWCA Teacher Development Program: train for a career as a teacher! Join the YWCA Minneapolis Early Childhood Education Teacher Development Program to gain professional skills you can take into a classroom. YWCA program flyer (PDF)

Energy assistance

The Minnesota Cold Weather Rule

The Minnesota Cold Weather Rule (CWR) is in effect from October 15 to April 15. People who need help paying heating bills must contact their natural gas or electric utility company to make and keep a payment plan to receive CWR protection. Read more about requirements and contacts.

Community Action of Suburban Hennepin County

Community Action of Suburban Hennepin County works with homeowners and renters with low incomes to help them pay energy costs, such as a heating bill, furnace repair or weatherization, between October 1 and May 30 each year. Visit Community Action of Suburban Hennepin County.

Food and nutrition

WAGE$ Research Study

If you work in the city of Minneapolis, you may be able to participate in a long-term research study to find out if there is a relationship between wages earned and health. You could be eligible to participate if you are: 18 years old or older and earning $11.50/hr. or less at a job in Minneapolis, or are unemployed, but recently earned $11.50/hr. or less and are looking for work in Minneapolis.  You could earn $70 in the first year of the study, and up to $350 over 5 years. Enroll by calling: 612- 624-7673 or sending an email to wages@umn.edu

Apply online or apply in-person at the locations on the WAGE$ flyer (PDF).  (Posted 8/6/2018)

EBT card holders can shop at Minneapolis Farmers Market on Lyndale

  • EBT card holders can go to the EBT booth at the farmers market to buy tokens and use them to get fresh food, like fruits, vegetables, dairy, eggs and fish.
  • For every $10 of food EBT shoppers buy, they get another $10 to spend on food.
  • Participating food stalls have a sign, We accept EBT.
  • Minneapolis Farmers Market on Lyndale
    312 East Lyndale Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55405
    Thursday – Sunday
    6 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Minneapolis Farmers Market EBT program

Find free food

Enter your state and city to find food shelves in your area at Free Food.org.

The Food Group (formerly Emergency Food Shelf Network)

The Food Group offers food, employment services, information and referral, shelter and transportation resources. Visit The Food Group.

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) helps eligible pregnancy women, new mothers, babies and young children eat well, learn about nutrition and stay healthy. Visit WIC.

Fare For All

Fare For All sells food packages including fresh fruits, vegetables and frozen meat, for $10-$25 (up to 40% off grocery store prices). Visit Fare For All.

Health, dental, and mental health

Autism resource website

The Minnesota Autism Resources website is now available for youth and adults with autism as well as parents, teachers, social service and health care professionals and others to get and share information about autism spectrum disorders and related conditions (ASD). A key strategy for the Minnesota Autism Resource website is crowdsourcing content, where individuals and organizations submit content for posting on the website.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

This website is a resource for education, advocacy, and leadership regarding mental illness in the United States. Providing helplines, public policy resources, and events, NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Visit National Alliance on Mental Illness online.

Walk-in Counseling Center

Free counseling at the Walk-In Counseling Center. No insurance required. Professional counselors address issues of depression, anxiety, chemical abuse/dependency, trauma, domestic violence and a variety of other emotional and interpersonal concerns. They serve people 15 years of age and up; individuals, couples and families (younger children when with parents). Conveniently located at 24th and Chicago in Minneapolis. Learn more at the counseling website.

Homelessness/housing

St. Stephens

St. Stephens provides a resource guide for poor and homeless people including information about essentials (clothes, food shelves, free meals, etc.), public assistance, health care, education, employment, and immigrant services and legal services. Handbook of the Streets (PDF)

Hennepin County

Hennepin County's report on homelessness includes county-provided services such as grants, transitional housing programs and youth services. Homelessness in Minnesota data and services (PDF)

Housinglink.org

Housinglink is a free resource to help renters find affordable choose housing in locations with access to good schools, employment, transportation, and community resources.

NorthPoint Eviction Prevention Pilot

Hennepin County residents who are concerned about being evicted or unable to pay rent may be able to get help from a new program. Services include case management services, referrals to mediation or legal assistance to resolve landlord/tenant disputes and cash assistance to help stabilize housing. There is also help for people who already have an eviction filing. To enroll in the pilot or find out more, contact NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center, Inc. at 612-767-9159 or go to 1315 Penn Avenue North, Minneapolis 55411. View the NorthPoint eviction prevention flyer (PDF).

Parenting and family resources

Co-Parent Court Services

Co-Parent Court Services addresses barriers to effective co-parenting and provides tools to reduce conflict. Four workshops are offered during the evening free of cost. For more information, view the Co-Parent Court Services flyer (PDF)

Gateway Program

Gateway Program helps MFIP (Minnesota Family Investment Program) families increase family strength and accomplish their goals. For more information, view the Gateway program flyer (PDF)

Social security and disability

Disability Benefits 101

Disability Benefits 101 offers tools and information on health coverage, benefits and employment. Visit Disability Benefits 101.

Social Security Administration

The Social Security Administration provides online tools for learning about disability, retirement, replacement cards, name change process, and survivor benefits. Visit Social Security Administration online.

Tax preparation – free

Transportation

Transit Assistance Program (TAP) from Metro Transit to help low-income riders

Metro Transit has developed a new program called the Transit Assistance Program (TAP) to help low-income riders. Qualified commuters will be able to ride the bus or train any time for $1. To enroll, applicants must verify that they are low-income, and an ID. Read more information on Transit Assistance Program.

Veterans

Connecting Vets

This is a nationwide, digital media operation, delivering information and analysis to military veterans and their families. Their web site includes comprehensive state-by-state informational listings for veterans and active military including news and available services. For more information about resources for Minnesota veterans, visit Benefits in my Backyard.

Veterans Administration and Department of Defense

The Veterans Administration and Department of Defense help veterans get civilian employment after active duty. Visit veterans employment center for job seekers.

Programs

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program employment and training (SNAP E&T)

The program's purpose is to provide employment training to able-bodied people, ages 18-50, who receive food support, but no other cash assistance. As of October 1, 2013, participation in work or job search activities is required each month that the participant receives food support.

Services include an individual assessment of work-related strengths and barriers, and an Employability Development Plan (EDP) designed to help participants get a job. Training may include General Equivalency Diploma (GED), English as a Second Language (ESL), high school diploma or short-term vocational training.

SNAP E&T services are administered at the Work and Employment Resource Center (WERC) located at Sabathani Community Center, 310 East 38th Street, Minneapolis

The program is jointly administered by the Minnesota Departments of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and Human Services (DHS).

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Minnesota Family Investment Program - employment services

This program supports families as they move from public assistance to employment. Participation in employment programs is required for most adults who receive public assistance. All participants receive an assessment and an employment plan toward self-sufficiency.

Participants must meet program requirements or their benefits will be reduced; lifetime benefits are limited to 60 months. Child care and medical services are also available to help participants transition from public assistance and into work.

Employment services providers include the Minnesota WorkForce Center Partners, community action agencies, educational agencies, county agencies, and other non-profit groups, as shown in the MFIP & DWP Employment Service Providers list.

The program is a partnership between Hennepin County and City of Minneapolis.

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