Community leaders celebrate groundbreaking for Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center

Community leaders and residents celebrated a groundbreaking today for the Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center — a one-stop shop for education and job training resources.

The center, scheduled to open spring 2017, will be located in the first floor of the new Five15 on the Park building, 515 15th Ave. S. It will serve as a pipeline to job opportunities with the public and private sector with a special focus on the neighborhood’s East African community.

Anchor partners include nonprofit EMERGE Community Development, Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC), Hennepin County Workforce Development, the Hennepin County Library and the City of Minneapolis. Job seekers will be connected to the resources they need to pursue a desired career path and potential employers with job opportunities. 

Library programming in the center will include a 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; and employment-focused learning circles with tips on preparing for job interviews.  

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

Key goals of the center include tackling the neighborhood’s high unemployment rate, which is around 17 percent, and increasing access to educational programs.  

Hennepin County has contributed $250,000 for the center and the City of Minneapolis has pledged $100,000. The Cedar Riverside Partnership has raised additional funding from local charitable foundations.  

 

 

 

Published Oct 28, 2016