Center connects job seekers and employers
6/14/2018 8:23:50 AM
Shane Delaney, 651-259-7236
SAINT PAUL – Leaders from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), Ramsey County, and the City of Saint Paul gathered this morning to celebrate the grand re-opening of the Saint Paul WorkForce Center .
The center, located at 540 Fairview Avenue North, recently underwent physical updates, including increased space for workshops, one-on-one job counseling, and on-site employer interviews.
The updated space represents a change in the way workforce center services are delivered to both job seekers and employers. This new model focuses less on traditional transactional services and more on job counseling and training. This individualized model allows workforce center staff to break down the barriers of a job search and directly serve the needs to an individual job seeker or employer.
“The Saint Paul WorkForce Center is a resource for the entire community,” said DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy. “The professionals at this WorkForce Center are able to assist job seekers looking for employment, businesses looking for workers, and anyone at any stage exploring and planning a career.”
“Our new Saint Paul WorkForce Center welcomes people and businesses to connect to resources for growth,” said Ramsey County Commissioner Toni Carter. “The Center is designed to meet the needs of 21st century job seekers and employers – whether new to or re-entering the world of work, advancing along a career pathway, or seeking skilled employees to join your team.”
“When our residents are able to succeed in the workplace, we see that success carried into homes and our communities,” said Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter. “The Saint Paul WorkForce Center provides crucial connections between our businesses seeking workers and our residents supporting themselves and their families.”
The Saint Paul WorkForce Center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Last year, the center assisted nearly 4,800 unique job seekers and 102 unique employers.
Minnesota has 49 WorkForce Centers located across the state , with most services offered free of charge.
DEED is the state’s principal economic development agency, promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, workforce development, international trade and community development. For more details about the agency and its services, visit the DEED website or follow DEED on Twitter.
Upon request, this information can be made available in alternate formats for people with disabilities by contacting the DEED Communications Office at 651-259-7161.