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Employment Training Programs

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Learn about the state and federal programs available to help adults get training and find jobs.

Below are state- and federal-funded programs, as well as non-profit organizations, offering employment training programs for adults. Additional resources (not funded programs) for specific audiences, like older workers or people with criminal convictions, can be found on the Special Audiences page.

General Public Programs

  • Adult Basic Education (ABE)
    ABE offers free education for residents of Minnesota. You can take classes to help you learn English, increase your math skills, prepare for the GED, or gain other work skills.
  • Apprenticeship
    An apprenticeship is an employer's formal training program. It combines on-the-job learning with technical instruction for a specific trade.
  • Displaced Homemaker Program
    This program provides pre-employment services for men and women who have worked in the home for at least two years but now must support themselves and their families.
  • Employment Action Center (EAC)
    The EAC prepares people to achieve their employment potential. The goal is to provide education, employment, and family support services for a low-income adults and families in the Twin Cities metro area.
  • Goodwill/Easter Seals
    This organization will help you achieve your goals for employment, education, and independence at various locations across Minnesota.
    HIRED provides job-skills and employment training to disadvantaged people and other job seekers in the Twin Cities metro area so you can become qualified for and get employment.
  • Jewish Family and Children's Service of Minneapolis (JFCS)
    JFCS delivers employment, training, and career development services in the Twin Cities metro area that positively impact people of all backgrounds, business, and society.
  • Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota
    This organization provides services across Minnesota to children, families, seniors, and people with disabilities.
  • Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers Program
    If you are a migrant or seasonable farmworker, this program will help you find agricultural and non-agricultural positions.
  • Minnesota WorkForce Centers
    WorkForce Centers offer a variety of services at locations across Minnesota to help you explore and plan a career.
  • Refugee Assistance
    This program assists refugees with employment and other self-sufficiency goals.
  • Serve Minnesota
    Serve Minnesota administers the AmeriCorps program in Minnesota. The program offers service opportunities for people in the community in exchange for a living allowance. You also receive an educational award that can be used to pay for college or pay off student loans.
  • Twin Cities RISE!
    This organization's mission is to train under- and unemployed adults in the Twin Cities metro for skilled jobs that pay a living wage of at least $20,000 annually.

Programs for People with Disabilities

  • Centers for Independent Living
    These eight centers located statewide provide a variety of services to help you find accessible housing, transportation, job opportunities, interpreters, readers, and many other services.
  • Day Training and Habilitation
    Serves people with mental retardation and related conditions who need vocational support.
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
    Assists children and adults who are deaf, deafblind, or hard of hearing and their families. It will help you access the services you need to live independently in your community.
  • Disability Linkage Line
    A free, statewide information, referral, and assistance service for people with disabilities or chronic illnesses. Ask about disability benefits programs, home modifications, assistive technology, personal assistance services, transition services, accessible housing, employment, social activities, disability rights, and more.
  • Medical Assistance for Employed Persons with Disabilities (MA-EPD)
    If you are working with a disability, this program can help you qualify for medical assistance under higher income and asset limits.
  • Minnesota Work Incentive Connection
    Provides clear, accurate information regarding the impact of work on government benefits if you have a disability.
  • State Services for the Blind (SSB)
    Ensures that people who are blind or visually impaired (including those who have additional physical and/or mental impairments) have the rehabilitation services they need to prepare for, seek, retain, and regain employment.
  • Ticket to Work Program
    If you are a Social Security beneficiary, this program will help you go to work, get a good job that may lead to a career, save more money, and become financially independent — all while keeping your health coverage.
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Services
    Provides basic and customized services to eligible people to achieve their employment goals. These may include college or vocational training, job placement services, and services to assist you to go from school to work.

Programs for Older Workers

  • Senior Community Service Program
    Provides part-time community service assignments for low-income people 55 years of age or older. You can use this experience to get or improve your existing skills to find employment.

Programs for Veterans

  • Higher Education Veterans Programs (HEVP)
    This program connects veterans, military members, and their families with educational benefits and resources to help them succeed in college.
  • Jobs for Veterans
    Helps recently separated veterans find jobs that best utilize their skills and fit the demands of today's job market. This assistance can include access to education and training for you, as well as job search classes.
  • Veterans ReEmployment
    National resource that connects veterans and service members to career planning, training, and job search resources available statewide.
  • Veterans Services
    A variety of employment and business development services for Minnesota veterans. Includes access to veteran employment representatives located at WorkForce Centers statewide who can help you prepare for, find, and keep a job.

Work-Related Programs

  • Dislocated Worker Program
    The dislocated worker program provides services to help find a new job if you have been laid off from your job through no fault of your own. Counselor-approved training is one of the services provided to eligible recipients.
  • Minnesota FastTRAC Adult Career Pathways
    Minnesota FastTRAC Adult Career Pathways (Training, Resources, and Credentialing) helps Minnesota workers quickly become more competitive. The program helps you succeed in careers that pay a living wage. It integrates basic skills and career-specific training in fields where new skills are in demand.
  • Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA)
    TAA provides training services, job search allowances, relocation allowances, and reemployment services if you have lost your job (or if your hours of work and wages are reduced) as a result of increased imports.
  • Unemployment Insurance Program (UI)
    The UI program provides temporary benefits if you become out of work through no fault of your own.
  • Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA))
    WIOA is a federal program that gives workers the chance to learn the skills and information needed to compete in the new economy. If you quality, you can use these funds to pay for training programs that are WIOA certified.