Pathways programs

Special career training: Pathways programs

Pathways Program

Pathways are customized educational programs designed to train job seekers for in-demand positions. They are a collaboration between community-based organizations, educational institutions, and employers. Programs are designed to attract and retain a diverse workforce who are committed to training and obtaining a long-term career.

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

Building operations technician pathway

Human Services Representative

Participants build computer and professional skills to prepare for Human Services positions. These positions 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

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

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

Operator apprenticeship

Security Officer Pathways Program

Program participants are hired into the Trainee Security Officer job class, receiving full time pay while attending classes and working at county buildings. Program graduates are eligible to interview for a permanent Security Officer position at Hennepin County.

  • Length: 5 months
  • Career fields: security, customer service
  • Program partners: Hired, Change Equals Opportunity

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