• Tackling Disparity

    In Minneapolis/St. Paul, black workers face an unemployment rate three times greater than whites.
  • Breaking Barriers

    At the YWCA St. Paul, job seekers find help overcoming obstacles to obtaining and sustaining employment.
  • Widening the Workforce

    Working with both employers and job seekers, we make good employees and good jobs easier to find.


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Employment & Economic Development

Employment & Economic Development empowers people to build skills and overcome barriers to employment and self-sufficiency. Providing employment and training services, the department helps people to experience success and provides ongoing case coordination, training and support as they strive to gain new credentials, maintain employment or move from welfare to work.

Core Programs & Services Include:

YW Works

Moving People into Work

YW Works (YWW): Breaks the cycle of poverty by helping people move from welfare to work. As a contractor of Workforce Solutions, a department of Ramsey County, YWW delivers culturally-specific employment services to African American participants of the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP).

YWW participants must be referred to the program by Ramsey County Workforce Solutions. For more information about YW Works and the enrollment process, call (651) 221-4680 or email yww@ywcaofstpaul.org.

YWW Brochure

YW Jobs

Building Success in the Workplace

YW Jobs (YWJ): Provides customized services and ongoing support focused on helping participants overcome barriers to obtaining and sustaining employment. Serving both job seekers and area employers, YWJ makes good employees easier to find and good jobs easier to keep.

For more information about YW Jobs and the enrollment process, please call (651) 222-3741 or email ywj@ywcaofstpaul.org.

YWJ Brochure

CDL Training Program

Driven to Succeed

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 on road construction and heavy highway projects.

Class B CDL Training is currently being offered quarterly with classes scheduled to begin in February, May, August and November. For more information, please call (651) 222-3741 or email cdl@ywcaofstpaul.org.

Class B CDL Training Program Flyer
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