Training Programs

Success in the New Economy


Understanding the misalignment of education and our workforce needs. This is a short film about the cost of traditional college, the shortage of skilled trades workers and the wage differences of college graduates verses trades school graduates.

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Careers in Construction – Short Film


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Warehouse Training Logistic Training

Gains the skills and certifications you need in this short program on logistics and lift operation training.

  • Warehouse 101 & career workshop
  • OSHA 10-hour certification
  • Forklift certification (off-site)
  • Bobcat certification (off-site)

As you progress through the program, we provide increasing assistance in career services and employment placement.
Space is limited to 20 individuals.

Download: Warehouse Training

Excavator Training – FREE

1-Week Certification

• Compact excavator certification (off site)
• OSHA 10-hour certification
• Computer self-services training

Enroll or learn more at
Download: Flyer

For more information, please contact Stephanie Nick at 612-341-3358 x 126

Maintenance Custodial Training Program

This 375-hour (13 week) course teaches technical and hands-on skills training in tool use, safety, plumbing, carpentry, painting, drywall, circuitry, and heating and air conditioning. Avivo graduates are equipped for jobs in general maintenance, including janitorial positions, and custodial positions.

This course also includes on-the-job training, as well as preparation for Boilers License Exam (Minnesota Department of Labor Special Class Engineer License) and preparation of Certified Pool Operator.

Graduates will acquire knowledge and skills in:

  • Safety procedures,
  • Plumbing,
  • Electricity and circuitry,
  • Heating and air conditioning,
  • Restroom and office cleaning,
  • Painting and carpentry,
  • Carpet and hard floor care techniques, and
  • Attain credentials in Special Class Engineers License and Certified Pool Operator.

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Free Construction Training


Are you unemployed or underemployed? Looking for a new career that pays a livable wage? Merrick Community Services’ Construction Training Program may be right for you.

This free program offers construction training along with the following soft skills:

  • OSHA 30 certificate
  • Flagging certificate
  • First AID CPR & AED certificate
  • Forklift training certificate
  • Scissor lift certificate
  • Boom lift certificate

Additional resources available to participants:

  • Career coaching and job readiness training from Merrick Community Services.
  • Adult basic education (reading, math,  and  GED preparation) for those in need of additional support.
    Partner: Eastside Learning Center Hub@Harding
  • Financial coaching (budgeting, credit report review, debt management), screening for public benefits programs, and additional services like access to financial products and tax service preparation services.
    Partner: LSS Eastside Financial Center




Download: Training Flyer

FREE Carpentry Training & Job
Placement help with CLUES

Bridge to Carpentry Training:

  • August 13 – October 5
  • Weeks 1-4; Monday-Friday, 9am-1pm @ CLUES St. Paul (797 E 7th Street, St. Paul)
  • Weeks 5-8; Monday-Friday, 9am-1pm @ North Country Carpenters Training Center (740 Olive Street, St. Paul)
  • OPEN TO ANYONE with a High School Diploma/GED (from outside are accepted) and 6th grade English reading level.

Registration sessions are every Thursday between 1-3 p.m. in St. Paul. No appointment required, walk-ins welcome. To see locations, please open the Carpentry Flyer below.

Download: Carpentry Flyer 8.18

MnDOT-DEED 35W/Lake Street
Reconstruction Training and Placement
(RTP) Program in 2018

The MnDOT-DEED 35W/Lakes Street Reconstruction Training and Placement Program provides job training opportunities for women and minorities who are underrepresented in the highway construction industry.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), and a Minnesota Community Based Organization (CBO) HIRED are partnering to provide basic highway construction laborer training, support services and job search resources to qualified participants.

You must meet ALL of the eligibility requirements to be considered for an MnDOT-DEED RTP Program interview:

License, automobile and insurance.
You must possess a current and valid driver’s license. If you own a car, you must maintain insurance coverage and be able to provide proof of insurance.

Female/Minority Candidates
Program participation is limited to female and/or minority job seekers

High School or GED
You must provide proof of receiving a high school diploma or a GED.

You must be able to do extremely strenuous and heavy work in demanding/severe weather conditions.

English Language Skills
You must be able to speak and understand English fluently in order to quickly follow important work and safety instructions.

Basic Arithmetic Skills
You must be able to add, subtract, multiply, divide, and work with fractions, decimals and percentages to work in construction jobs.

Email Account and Telephone
Email is used for distributing Program information and updates, so you must have an active email account. You must also have an active telephone number or have a voice-mail (messaging) service.

National Career Readiness Certification (NCRC)
You must achieve a minimum score of level 4, Silver Certificate on the 3-part NCRC test.

Veterans meeting Program eligibility requirements are very strongly encouraged to apply.

Download: Brochure

Download: Application

Construction Roofing Training

Hands on accelerated training program covering basic tool handling skills, detail work knowledge, blue print reading, safety, and opportunity for employment following successful completion of training.

Training Highlights

  • Location: 4912 France Avenue North, Brooklyn Center
  • Tuition: Free! Lunch: Free! Gift cards: for milestone achievements
  • Certifications: Forklift
  • Eligibility: physically “tough” and able to handle elements year-round

Contact: Mai Xiong @ 612-302-8508 or
Download Flyer: Construction Roofing Training
Application: Roofing Application

In partnership with Horizon Roofing Company in Brooklyn Center.

High-Wage: High-Demand careers


Are you interested in High-Wage, High-Demand careers? Consider a career in the construction trades. Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota is looking for women interested in 12 weeks of hands-on training in Construction that includes job placement assistance:

  • Six weeks of classroom and shop training
  • Six weeks paid training on construction sites
  • Instruction in construction concepts, green building
  • practices, tool use, blueprints, math and measuring
  • Insulation, drywall, siding, roofing and deconstruction
  • OSHA 10 Completion Card
  • Lead Abatement Worker Certification
  • Earn 36 continuing education units
  • Union and construction industry speakers/tours
  • Assistance with job placement and follow-up services including help with resumes, applications, interviewing,
    job search, retention and promotions
  • Support to achieve long-term career goals: Twin Cities
    companies hire Goodwill-Easter Seals graduates!
  • Hours: Mon – Fri 8:00am – 1:30pm

Where: Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota
Construction/Automotive Training Facility
635 Prior Ave. N.blackfemale
St. Paul, MN 55104Black Female - Construction Worker

For more information call 651-379-5837

Goodwill-Easter Seals also offers training in Automotive Services, Banking and Finance, Computer Literacy, Contact Center and Medical Office. Call 651-379-5837 for more information.

Merrick Community Services


Merrick Community Services is now accepting applications for its Spring 2017 Construction Training Program. Merrick will serve as
your career coach and provide job readiness training and retention services.

The FREE training provides:

  • OSHA 30 Certificate
  • Flagging Certificate
  • First Aid, CPR & AED Certificate
  • Fork Lift Training Certificate
  • Scissor Lift Training
  • Boom Lift Training

There are about 40 enrollment spaces available for the Spring 2018 cohort.

Classes will begin in March, 2018 and run for for eight weeks: M-F, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. The training will conclude with a graduation ceremony on April 19.

Download: Merrick Construction Training

Free Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)Training


HAP is now offering a short-term (90 hours) training program in Class-B Commercial Driver’s License. Receive permit and behind the wheel training.

People can attend the information session which is hosted every Tuesday from 2pm-4pm at 1075 Arcade St. St. Paul, MN 55106 and Friday from 9:30am-11:30am at 394 University Ave W. St. Paul, MN 55103. They can attend to one information session and it is a walk-in without any appointment.

DownloadFree CDL Training

To learn more, please contact:
Oong Yang
Custom Job Training Case Manager
1075 Arcade St.
Saint Paul, MN  55106
Phone: 651-495-1566


AmeriCorps is a national service program that addresses challenges in our communities through the dedicated service of its members. Members join to give back to their communities while gaining a foundation of marketable skills for natural resource careers.

AmeriCorps opportunities for young adults, ages 18-25, include non-residential Field Crews in northern, central and southern Minnesota and central Iowa, which engage young adults in year-round natural resource and emergency response work. Conservation Apprentices serve in Soil and Water Conservation Districts throughout Minnesota where they learn hands-on skills in resource management. Home Energy Squads install energy-saving measures in homes, such as weather-stripping and programmable thermostats. Individual placements serve in nonprofit and government agencies focused on energy, natural resource management and community outreach. Youth Outdoors Leaders and Summer Youth Corps Leaders serve programs that engage teens, ages 15 to 18, in outdoor service-learning: Youth Outdoors and Summer Youth Corps.

Hubbs Center Occupational Preparation Classes (Saint Paul)



  • Carpentry Preparation: Hands on preparation to enter Pre-Apprenticeship program with building trades. Learn skills in construction safety, OSHA 10 Certification. Develop carpentry skil
  • ls in wood framing interior and exterior finish, hand and power tool use, carpentry math and reading skills. In addition, receive First Aid/CPR training.
  • Hubb Center FastTRAC Training Programs – Minnesota FastTRAC (Training, Resources, and Credentialing) seeks to make Minnesota more competitive by meeting the common skills needs of businesses and individuals.  FastTRAC’s innovative approach helps educationally underprepared adults succeed in well-paying careers by integrating basic skills education and career-specific training in fields where new skills are in high demand. By focusing on high-demand fields, FastTRAC meets the needs of business while ensuring that students find well-paying jobs with room for advancement.

Download: Hubbs Center Occupational Prep Classes

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The CDL Training Program puts people on the road to success by helping them to earn a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). After successfully completing training, participants are qualified for good-paying jobs in construction, highway maintenance, transit and other in-demand industries.

Classes meet Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at YWCA St. Paul, with license instruction and experiential training at a local trucking school. New sessions begin monthly on a rolling basis, and there is no cost to participants. For more information, including frequently asked questions and eligibility requirements, please visit

Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.

Pathways to a Better Life (… a program for Ex-Offenders)


We know you’ve got challenges ahead of you. Let us walk alongside you as you meet each of these challenges on your way to achieving a brand new way of living. Turn this sheet over to see all the ways we can help you, and how you can get started on this exciting path. Download:   Pathways to a Better Life Flyer

Schools Offering Construction Education & Training


Below is a short list of construction programs through our State universities and private colleges. To research a full list of this schools, go to Careerwise Education and search specific programs.

Click here to download the List of Schools offering Construction Training.

State of Minnesota Veterans Priority of Service

A service provided by Ramsey County Workforce Solutions, 651-266-6041