Community leaders celebrate grand opening of Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center

Community leaders and residents held a grand opening celebration today for the Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center—a pipeline for jobs and educational resources with a special focus on the neighborhood’s East African community.

Anchor partners for the center include nonprofit EMERGE Community Development, Hennepin County, City of Minneapolis and Minneapolis Community and Technical College. It is located in the first floor of the Five15 on the Park building, 515 15th Ave. S.

The center will feature programming by EMERGE Community Development, including workforce development, youth employment and education, and personal finance tips. Hennepin County Library will lead a Teen Tech Squad, develop programs that support cultural heritage, conduct employment-focused learning circles, and connect participants to library and neighborhood resources.

Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) services at the center will include a career navigator who will provide guidance to pathways and college programs that offer the greatest job placement and wage opportunities and Metro Connect, a resource that allows prospective students to find the most affordable college options available at Minnesota State campuses in the metro area.

Key goals of the center include reducing the neighborhood’s unemployment rate and increasing access to a variety of educational programs. Employers with a strong recruiting presence include MSP Jobs, Schwan’s, Hennepin County, Fairview Health Services, Medtronic, City of Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Augsburg College and St. Catherine University.


Published Mar 12, 2017