Pathways programs

Career training

Pathways Program

Kickstart your next career! Pathways are training programs designed for graduates to qualify for certain jobs. Hennepin County collaborates with community partners to recruit participants and deliver trainings.   


Current Pathways

Building Operations Technician

Prepares graduates for a career in residential or commercial building care and maintenance.

  • Length: 8 months
  • Career fields: facilities engineering, operations, and maintenance
  • Program partners: Project for Pride in Living and Minneapolis College

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Building operations technician pathway

Human Services Representative

Participants build computer and professional skills to prepare for Human Services positions. These roles all involve helping community members navigate county benefits.

  • Length: 9 months
  • Career field: human services
  • Program partners: Project for Pride in Living and Normandale Community College

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Human services representative pathway

Office Specialist

In a virtual and on-site setting, participants hone their administrative, technology, and customer service skills with Hennepin County laptops, courses are taught by Project for Pride in Living instructors in collaboration with Hennepin County staff. Graduates are eligible for a variety of job classes, including the most common Office Specialist III or Office Specialist, Principal.

  • Length: 8 weeks
  • Career fields: customer service and administrative
  • Program partners: Project for Pride in Living

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Office specialist pathway

Operator Apprenticeship with Hennepin Energy Recovery Center

Apprentices gain hands-on experience in welding, working in confined spaces, and general machine maintenance. Graduates are eligible to apply for full time employment at the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center and Hennepin County's Facility Services.

  • Length: 9 months
  • Career fields: heavy equipment operation, facilities, and maintenance
  • Program partners: Project for Pride in Living and Heavy Metal Academy

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Operator apprenticeship