MINNEAPOLIS — Emerge Community Development (EMERGE) recently launched its Property Maintenance Training Program at the Brian Coyle Community Center in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis.
The program is administered through a partnership with the City of Minneapolis (RENEW Minneapolis), Sherman Associates, and Pillsbury United Communities, as a way to get people into living wage jobs.
The first cohort of twelve students are nearing completion of this innovative six-week training which combines classroom and on-the-job training for students, all of whom reside in the newly-renovated Riverside Plaza. The program, which is free for students, is expected to create pathways to economic opportunity and self-sufficiency in a community where nearly half of all residents live in poverty.
Students attend classes taught by industry professionals, where they learn skills in the areas of plumbing; appliance repair and installation; electrical repair and safety; and customer service skills. In addition, students are trained on boiler operation and receive their Minnesota Special Boiler Operators license.
As part of the training, all students must complete an 18-day paid internship with Sherman Associates. Once they have completed the program, students will be able to work as Maintenance Technicians making an average wage of $13.00/hour. The first cohort of 12 students will graduate on November 29 during a 1:30pm ceremony at the Brian Coyle Community Center.
In addition to gaining important career-building skills, students receive financial coaching and job placement assistance through EMERGE programs.
EMERGE is a non-profit organization, headquartered in North Minneapolis. With a mission of investing in people through social enterprise, EMERGE develops human capital by connecting disadvantaged individuals with economic opportunities. We seek holistic, relationship-based, solution driven strategies that draw from best practices and produce tangible results for individuals and families that are confronted with numerous barriers.
For more information visit emerge-mn.org.