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North Saint Paul Workforce Development Service Center is Now Open
The WorkForce Development Service Center is located at:
2266 2nd Street North
North St. Paul, MN 55109
General Phone #: 651-266-9890
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 – 4:30
We have all of your Job Seeking needs at this location:
- Assistance with resumes
- Employer of the Day
- Educator of the Day
- Adult Basic Education
- Teen Center
MnDOT and DEED Reconstruction Training and
Placement (RTP) Program
I-35W/LAKE STREET PROJECT
MnDOT contracts for many construction projects every year, and contractors work on multiple projects at the same time. One of the MnDOT projects starting in 2017 is the $265 million Interstate-35W/Lake Street project. This four-and-a-half-year project includes reconstruction of I-35W between 43rd Street in south Minneapolis and downtown Minneapolis. MnDOT is partnering with Metro Transit, Hennepin County and the City of Minneapolis on this construction effort.
The MnDOT and Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Reconstruction Training and Placement (RTP) Program provides job training opportunities for women and minorities. The program is offered to prepare qualified candidates for employment on highway construction projects.
This program includes support and job retention services for program participants and graduates, which may include help with purchasing basic tools, work clothing, emergency job transition and specific expenses associated with job retention. Job search resources are also available to program participants and graduates.
You must meet all eligibility requirements to be considered for a RTP Program interview:
- MINORITY/FEMALE CANDIDATES – program participation is limited to minority and/or female job seekers.
- LICENSE, AUTOMOBILE AND INSURANCE – you must possess a current and valid Minnesota driver’s license. If you own a car, you must maintain insurance coverage and be able to provide proof of insurance.
- HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR GED – you must provide proof of receiving a High School Diploma or GED.
- PHYSICAL/PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH – you must be able to perform heavy construction duties and other strenuous work activities in severe and/or changing weather conditions.
- ENGLISH LANGUAGE SKILLS – you must be able to speak and understand English in order to quickly follow important work and safety instrucions.
- BASIC MATH SKILLS – you must be able to add, subtract, multiply, divide, and work with fractions, decimals and percentages.
Contact either of the two Community Agency RTP Site Coordinators by e-mail (preferred) or phone (Dawn Trimarco, 612-366-7556, Dawn.Trimarco@HIRED.org and Meghan O’Brien-Hanson, 612-752-8140, mobrien@Resource-MN.org) to receive the application and Program materials.
Applications must be received by the Community Agency RTP Site Coordinators no later than July 21st.
Department Of Human Rights
MDHR increases Workforce Participation Goals to reduce barriers for women, people of color
Today, Minnesota Department of Human Rights Commissioner Kevin Lindsey announced increased Workforce Participation Goals for women and people of color throughout Minnesota for state construction contractors. These increased goals aim to reduce barriers to workforce entry, to respond to demographic changes, and to prepare for Minnesota’s emerging workforce shortage.
The increased goals were adjusted with input from an advisory task force comprised of representatives of construction contractors, unions, trades and the public. The task force was co-chaired by Commissioner Lindsey and Christa Seaberg, Diversity Manager at JE Dunn.
Twin Cities Ironworkers Apprenticeship & Training
- Must not be less than 18 years of age.
- Must possess sufficient physical fitness in order to perform the duties of the trade.
- Must have a high school diploma or a G.E.D. certificate.
- Must be a U.S. citizen or in the process of naturalization.
- Must complete the required written examination (Region A & B applicants only).
Applicants meeting the above requirements will be interviewed and rated by the Joint Apprenticeship Committee.
Prior to placement with a contractor, each selected candidate will be required to successfully complete a drug screen, attend orientation and training classes in OSHA 10, OSHA Sub-Part R, MSHA and First Aid/CPR before final acceptance into the program.
Applicants selected for job placement must be able to furnish their own transportation, pay school tuition, purchase tools, be agreeable to a certain amount of travel, and be aware of periods of unemployment due to the lack of construction activity.
Download: Ironworkers Information
NDC Loan Information Session
Loan Information Session
Access financing to start or expand your business
Attend a loan information session to understand criteria and how to make your application competitive. NDC fills a gap in the Twin Cities’ small-business finance market for businesses that are unable to secure loans from traditional banks. Our application process, known as Character Lending, is designed to be inclusive and equitable by incorporating more than just credit history. Attend a free 1-hour workshop to learn everything you need to know about getting a loan from NDC.
Every Thursday: 12-1pm
1st Tuesday of every month: 12-1pm
2nd Tuesday of every month: 12-1pm
Download: Loan Information Session
Official Minnesota Vikings U.S. Bank Stadium construction time-lapse
Watch 32 months’ worth of stadium construction in 3 minutes: Vikings Stadium
Is Apprenticeship the Right Choice?
Minnesota’s apprenticeship system offers an opportunity for a person with limited job skills to enter a high-wage industry, gaining experience and salary increases through on-the-job training and classroom instruction. The earn-while-you-learn system enables individuals to move to the top of the wage scale in three to five years.
- Private College: Students pay $133K (The average cost of four-year private college tuition in Minnesota.).
- Public College: Students pay $29K (The average cost of four-year state university tuition in Minnesota.).
- Apprenticeship: Students earn $144K (Average wages earned by an apprentice during four years of on-the-job training.).
State of Minnesota Veterans Priority of Service
A veteran shall be given priority over a non-veteran for receipt of employment, training, and placement of services in job training programs if the veteran meets the program’s eligibility requirements.
- Veterans Priority of Service, Public Law 107-288 (PDF)
- Veterans Employment Representatives
- Vets and Priority of Service
- Disabled Veterans Program
- Transition Assistance Program
Current or former military members, no matter the era of service, receive priority services in all Workforce Centers (WFCs) across the state. WFC staff provide the fastest, most-effective service possible – in person or online.