Career Training & Education

Overview

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Due to COVID-19, most classes have moved to a hybrid online & in-person format. To apply or for questions about technology access call 651-379-5837 or email outreach@gesmn.org.

Train for a New Career

Industry-specific training programs help expand the skills and qualifications needed to start a new career in just 8 - 12 weeks (eligibility screening and entrance test are required prior to enrollment). 

  • Enroll in trainings in high demand fields in automotive, construction, business services and IT skills at no cost.
  • Earn industry certificates, college credits and connect with employers with hiring and advancement opportunities.
  • Receive stipends or training wages while enrolled in select courses. 

College Navigation

College navigators guide individuals in selecting a program of study, provide support through enrollment, and help develop academic strategies for success.

  • Balance education with work responsibilities; build a professional image.
  • Overcome obstacles and access support for transportation, childcare or housing.
  • Connect with college staff, faculty and employers; navigate tuition and financial resources.

Job Placement, Retention and Advancement

Personalized, flexible job placement services are the heart of GESMN’s mission; we work closely with job seekers and employers to connect people to a career.

  • Explore goals, strengths, and interests and plan for a career.
  • Prepare for interviews and build personal skills in employment & career readiness trainings.
  • Receive support and career navigation from experienced staff and instructors.

Attend an Information Session

All in-person information sessions are cancelled until further notice.

Know which program is right for you?

Not sure which program is right for you?

  • Attend a virtual information session to learn more. Live Zoom sessions are offered on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 2:00 p.m. Email to receive a Zoom invite.

Contact us at 651-379-5837 or outreach@gesmn.org.


Goodwill-Easter Seals is accredited by the Cognia, as a postsecondary school. Goodwill-Easter Seals is licensed as a private career school with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, sections 136A.821 to 136A.832. Licensure is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions. Goodwill-Easter Seals is a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Certified Training Provider. Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota has consistently maintained CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) accreditation since 1977.

Automotive

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Automotive Career Paths

  • Express lube technician
  • General service technician
  • Maintenance technician
  • Parts counter salesperson
  • Service advising/writing
  • Tire technician

To Apply

Apply online or contact 651-379-5837 or outreach@gesmn.org.

 

What to Expect

  • Get started with eight weeks of training that includes job placement assistance
  • Interactive online training with an instructor, career navigator and peers; additional hands-on training in our 5,600 sq. ft., 4-bay automotive training facility
  • Instruction in shop safety, engine lubrications, cooling systems, tires, belts, brakes, customer service, technical service information, multi-point inspection and maintenance
  • Industry speakers, tours and employer contacts
  • Assistance with resumes, applications, interviewing, job search, retention and advancement
  • Earn college credit and industry certificates
  • Training hours: Mon. – Fri., 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Training available at NO COST to eligible students; women are encouraged to apply
  • Goodwill Easter Seals Minnesota has articulation agreements with Dakota Technical College, Dunwoody College of Technology, and Saint Paul College. Students who successfully complete the Automotive Training course at GESMN can earn transfer credits for specified automotive programs at the institutions noted above.

Business Professional Pathways

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Business Professional Pathways Career Paths

  • Administrative Professional
  • Customer Service and Hospitality
  • Healthcare Support
  • Finance

To Apply

Apply online or contact 651-379-5837 or outreach@gesmn.org.

What to Expect

  • Get started with ten weeks of training that includes job placement assistance
  • Interactive online training with your instructor, career navigator and peers
  • Explore career pathways for a future in business
  • Expand your technology skills for today’s workforce, including Microsoft Office
  • Get insights from business professionals, college instructors and industry experts
  • Participate in first-round interviews with employers to kickstart your career
  • Learn skills in customer service, professional communications, computer proficiency, business principles and terminology
  • Assistance with career planning, resumes, applications, interviewing, job search, retention and advancement
  • Training available at NO COST to eligible students

Construction

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Construction Career Paths

  • Carpenters
  • Commercial roofers
  • Ironworkers
  • Laborers
  • Plumbing, electrical, HVAC
  • Siding and window installers

To Apply

Apply online or contact 651-379-5837 or outreach@gesmn.org.

What to Expect

  • Get started with twelve weeks of training that includes job placement assistance
  • Interactive online training with an instructor, career navigator and peers; additional hands-on shop training in our training facility plus paid training on construction sites
  • Instruction in construction concepts, green building practices, tool use, blueprints, math and measuring, insulation, drywall, siding, roofing and deconstruction
  • Industry speakers, tours and employer contacts
  • Assistance with resumes, applications, interviewing, job search, retention and advancement
  • Receive an OSHA 10 Completion Card and an industry recognized credential
  • Earn 36 continuing education units and college credit at St. Paul College
  • Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota has a training articulation agreement with Saint Paul College. Students who successfully complete the Construction Program at Goodwill-Easter Seals can bypass the first term of Saint Paul College’s Carpentry Diploma program and start in Semester 2
  • Training hours: Mon. – Fri., 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Training available at NO COST to eligible students, women are encouraged to apply

IT Core Skills

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IT Core Skills Career Paths

  • Account Manager
  • Customer Support
  • Entry-Level IT
  • Marketing Support
  • Sales Associate

Upcoming Class

Starts July 12.

To Apply

Apply online or contact 651-379-5837 or outreach@gesmn.org.

What to expect

  • Get started with twelve weeks of training that includes job placement assistance
  • Presented in partnership with MSP TechHire, this class will feature staff from CompTIA and Goodwill-Easter Seals, build your technical knowledge, boost your academic skills and help develop individual goals for the future
  • Learn fundamental IT skills while building your knowledge of careers in IT, customer support, and related fields 
  • No experience is needed in the field of IT! Familiarity with basic computer skills such as navigating the internet is a helpful foundation. Ideal candidates will understand that this training is a starting point for future training and education
  • Support achieving your long-term goals, including planning for additional education, credentials and your career 
  • Assistance with resumes, applications, interviewing, job search, retention and advancement as well as pursuit of additional training
  • Training available at NO COST to eligible students
  • Watch this presentation to learn more.