Recovery funds helping Minneapolis residents enter the workforce

The City of Minneapolis Employment and Training Program received $592,224 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) to develop and implement projects to assist low-income Minneapolis residents obtain training and employment. Nine projects were selected to train and place over 240 Minneapolis residents. The projects funded include:

Resource Inc. - Provide training and career laddering opportunities primarily in the health care industry. Partnerships have been developed with Minnesota Resource Center, Minneapolis Community and Technical College and Hennepin Technical College. Training courses will be offered in Office Specialist/Accounting Support, Dental Office Support Personnel, Community Health worker, Certified Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide, and Central Services Technician.

EMERGE - Provide training and work experience for individuals in the field of weatherization. Partnerships have been developed with a training provider (Dunwoody) and employers. The model will use Dunwoody’s Weatherization Insulation Installer Certification Training followed by 8 weeks of paid work experience with partnering contractors with ongoing learning sessions.

Eastside Neighborhood Services - Provide individuals with training in the field of Personal & Home Care with opportunities for career laddering. A partnership has been formed with Minneapolis Community and Technical College and the American Red Cross to provide the curriculum and instruction. 

Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota - Provide training to individuals in identified high demand/high growth occupations. Partnerships have been formed with the Minneapolis South Workforce Center and Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Training areas are: Bank Reconciliation, Bank Skills, Construction Skills, Automotive Skills, and Certified Nursing Assistant.

American Indian O.I.C. - Provide individuals with training related to construction and weatherization. Partnerships have been formed with AIOIC’s pre-construction classes and M & J Environmental Institute. M & J will provide training in lead abatement and safety. Relationships are in place with the Green Institute, the Construction Craft Laborer’s Apprenticeship Program and Building Minnesota to provide employment opportunities.

Department of Employment and Economic Development - Train individuals in Healthcare Support and to become Certified Nursing Assistants. The training will be followed by 320 hours of related work experience.

Summit Academy OIC - Provide students short term weatherization technician training. The training would be integrated into an existing carpentry program. Job placement and retention services will be provided upon completion by Summit Academy.

African Community Services - Train individuals through online, self-paced programs specializing in Industrial Readiness, Medical Administrative Assistant, Accounting Administrative Assistant, Administrative Assistant and Call Center Assistant. The training will be provided by Manpower. African Community Services and Manpower will jointly provide job placement services. African Community Services will do the follow up and the retention services.

Project for Pride in Living - Train individuals in the fields of Laboratory Processing and Electronic Health Records. PPL and Minneapolis Community and Technical College faculty will provide the training; PPL will provide job placement and retention services, as well as flexible support services.

Oct. 20, 2009

Published Oct 20, 2009