Local Events & Opportunities
This page is intended to provide Program Directors, as well as the families they serve, with information regarding local, practical resource and enriching events.
- CareerOneStop is the U.S. Department of Labor’s flagship career, training, and jobs website. CareerOneStop.org offers tools, resources and information to help users explore careers, make education and training decisions, search for jobs locally or nationally, and locate local assistance including their closest WorkForce Center. Other tools include a local training finder, a resume guide, a salary finder, occupation and industry profiles with local and national labor market information and more (including mobile apps). All CareerOneStop resources are free.
- MinnesotaTalentNetwork.org is an online community associated with the state job bank, and MinnesotaWorks.net, which enables job seekers and employers to learn more about one another to better understand job fit. MinnesotaTalentNetwork.org contains all jobs listed on MinnesotaWorks.net and offers job seekers easy sign-up and profile creation via their social media profiles on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google. Employers subscribe to use the network. They can then create their own branded minisites and can use real-time video interviewing, questionnaires, webinars, online job fairs, email campaigns, and blogging to find the talent they need. Access to this site for jobseekers is free.
- MinnesotaWorks.net is the largest employment database in Minnesota and is a free website for both employers and job seekers.
- Minnesota Youth Program provides summer and year-round employment and training services to economically disadvantaged and at-risk youth, ages 14-21. Youth can be placed in a work opportunity where they earn a paycheck and gain work experience and readiness skills; and where their work benefits local communities. Work readiness training is focused on attendance, punctuality, teamwork, communication skills, and problem solving and is delivered in an interactive manner. Youth have hands-on opportunities to apply skills they learn in the classroom including inquiry; technology; science, engineering, and math skills; decision-making and daily living; interaction with others; and positive attitudes and behaviors. Services are available in all 87 counties. Economically disadvantaged and at-risk youth ages 14-21 who are underrepresented in the workforce are eligible for this program.
- Trading Up – Saint Paul College: This program provides a career pathway into the skilled building and construction trades, for qualified applicants. Trading Up provides program participants with hands-on experience in a variety of skilled trades. The goal of the is to successfully place trainees in an apprenticeship program, either with a trades union or Building Minnesota.
- Minnesota Youth Program – The Minnesota Youth Program provides short-term employment and training services to low-income and at-risk youth ages 14 to 21 who lack the academic and applied skills considered critical in the workplace.
College Scholarship & Opportunities
- Women in Technical Careers – Dunwoody College of Technology: The scholarship program designed to help female students succeed in a technical degree program at Dunwoody College of Technology and launch into a great career. The program offers up to $10,000 towards financial aid, and $1,500 for child care.
- Power of YOU – Minneapolis Community and Technical College & Saint Paul College: This program makes college available tuition-free, covering the cost of tuition and fees after state and federal grants are applied for two years or up to 72 credits.
- MnSCU Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot – Minnesota Office of Higher Education: Two years of tuition free education towards an occupational program. This program is open to many students that have passed an Adult Basic Education program or GED test.
Vocational & Technical Summer Camps
- Minnesota Business Venture (MBV) Program – Best Prep: MBV is a week-long, residential summer program that brings 9-12th grade students together to learn about leadership, business, financial literacy, and career options. Financial aid is available.
- Scrubs Camp for High School Students – St. Paul College: A four-day, day camp for Students in grades 9-12 hoping to explore a career in healthcare.
Points of Interest
- Local Labor Resource Data – This DEED produced tool gives access to the State of Minnesota’s most up to date research on wages associated with different types of degrees and certifications.