• Tackling Disparity

    Black workers in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area face an unemployment rate nearly twice that of whites. This is one of the largest disparities in the nation.
  • Breaking Barriers

    At 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

YWCA St. Paul’s Employment & Economic Development programs empower people to build skills and overcome barriers to employment and self-sufficiency. Providing employment and training services, these programs help people to experience success and provide ongoing case coordination, training and support as individuals 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

Career Pathways

Building Success in the Workplace

Career Pathways provides customized services and ongoing support focused on helping participants overcome barriers to obtaining and sustaining employment. Serving both job seekers and area employers, Career Pathways makes good employees easier to find and good jobs easier to keep.

For more information about Career Pathways and the enrollment process, please call (651) 222-3741 or email careerpathways@ywcaofstpaul.org.

CDL Training Program: Driven to Succeed

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.

Class B CDL Training is offered on an ongoing basis. For more information, please call (651) 222-3741 or email cdl@ywcaofstpaul.org.

Class B CDL Training Program Flyer
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