Section 3 Job Training and Employment Opportunities

The Section 3 program requires that recipients of HUD financial assistance, to the greatest extent feasible, provide job training and employment services for low- or very-low income residents in connection with Section 3 projects and activities.  Section 3 is primarily affiliated with building projects, housing, and construction, therefore many of the jobs and training opportunities are in the “building trades.”  This includes positions such as carpenters, masons, electricians, roofers, pipe fitters, and laborers.  Many of these jobs are unionized and are in great demand, therefore have very high wages.   


Construction Training Programs






Construction Training Entrepreneur Classes

Neighborhood Development Center


Tuesday, October 15, 2019  -Tuesday, January 14, 2020 ( one night weekly every Tuesday)

Hours: 6-8 pm.

Location:  809 7th Street St. Paul, MN  55106

Robert Taylor 651-379-8432


This class is for aspiring entrepreneurs who are looking to start or grow a business in the construction industry.

This training will help you:

Develop a business plan

Determine your market within a very large industry

Develop business development and marketing


Learn about the Section 3 program and other M/WBE

certification programs

Apply for and secure business

ACTX Construction & Open Training Open House



Friday, Sept. 6, 2019 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

AEDA Office, 422 University Ave. West Suite 14, St. Paul, MN 55104


Zer Khang 651-222-7798 or Learn about the Asian Economic Development Association's (AEDA) new construction training program.  Meet other contractors, key officials, business card raffle, and free food and drinks. 

Carpenter – 5 Week Industry Training


Ongoing Training




740 Olive Street

St. Paul, MN 55130

Chelsea at 651-289-5054 or

APEX participants spend five weeks experiencing an introduction to

major areas of our field. This introduction includes discussing jobsite

readiness and expectations, working hands on with common hand

and power tools, material identification, layout and construction

techniques, including introduction to aerial lifts.

Merrick Community Services

Construction Training Program



Ongoing Training


Burhan Yousuf at

or call 651-771-9339 or 651-219-5450

Are you unemployed or underemployed? Looking for a new career that pays a livable wage? Merrick Community Services’ Construction Training Program may be right for you.

This FREE program offers construction training along with the following soft skills.




The MN Trades Academy aspires to provide educational and hands-on experiences for high school youth to earn while they learn about construction as a career choice. To achieve this, MTA offers 2 levels of summer internship opportunities for metro youth - Track I Introduction and Track II Advanced.

Ongoing Training

Sam Ebute @ 612.859.2367;

The MN Trades Academy aspires to provide educational and hands-on experiences for current high school youth to earn while they learn about construction as a career choice.  Space is limited.

Equipment Operator Training



Ongoing Training

1845 E Franklin Ave

Minneapolis, MN

Contact a

Career Services Rep.

(612) 341-3358


Become a certified excavator and utility work machine operator in this 2-week,

cost-free training course.


Compact excavator certification (off site)

• Toolcat™ utility work machine certification (off site)

• OSHA 10-hour certification

• Computer self-services training

On completion of this course, we provide assistance in career services and employment placement.

FREE Carpentry Training & Job
Placement help with CLUES


August 13 - October 5

Weeks 1-4

CLUES St. Paul797 East 7th St., St. Paul


Weeks 5-8

North Country Carpenters Training Center740 Olive St., St. Paul

CLUES Saint Paul

797 East 7th Street

Saint Paul, MN 55106


CLUES Minneapolis

720 East Lake Street

Minneapolis, MN 55407


Registration sessions are every Thursday between 1-3 p.m. in St. Paul. No appointment required, walk-ins welcome. To see locations, please open the Carpentry Flyer below.


Construction Roofing Training



Training Length: 6 full days

Training Location:

4912 France Avenue North

Brooklyn Center, MN 55429


Derrick Carter


Tuition: Free! Lunch: Free! Gift cards: for milestone achievements


Hands on accelerated training program covering basic tool handling skills, detail work knowledge, blue print reading, safety, and opportunity for employment following successful completion of training.




Upcoming Job Fairs

People of Color Career Fair


Tue, October 8 10AM-3PM


Minneapolis Convention Center Room 200

Sponsored by US Bank, MIDCO, Anderson Windows, Thrivent



Workforce Center Partners

Anoka County Job Training Center

Precision Sheet Metal Program


Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday evenings Resource Room is open until 6 p.m.


1201 89th Avenue NE
Blaine, MN 55434

Phone: 763-324-2300

Fax: 763-324-2294


Job Search and Career Assessment Workshops


Dakota County CareerForce Centers



CareerForce Burnsville
2800 West County Road 42
Burnsville, MN 55337


CareerForce West St. Paul
1 Mendota Road West, Suite 170
West St. Paul, MN 55118-4764


CareerForce Shakopee
752 Canterbury Road South
Shakopee, MN 55379-1840


The Dakota-Scott CareerForce locations have many programs and services that can help you look for a job, change careers or just create or update a resume. CareerForce Centers are open Monday–Friday from 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.


Washington County Career Force Centers


Woodbury CareerForce Center

2150 Radio Drive
Woodbury, MN 55125



Forest Lake CareerForce Center 19955 Forest Road North
Forest Lake, MN 55025



Cottage Grove CareerForce Center

13000 Ravine Parkway South
Cottage Grove, MN 55016


Washington County CareerForce administers programs targeted to dislocated workers, low-income adults, disadvantaged youth and young adults, welfare-to-work participants and low-income seniors. Our goal is to help them become successful in securing and retaining jobs and to enhance marketable skills for the current labor market.

DEED Training Grant Programs

The Minnesota Jobs Skills Partnership (MJSP) works with businesses, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations to train or retrain workers, expand work opportunities and keep high-quality jobs in the state. The goal is to target short-term training for full-time employment in the growth sectors of the state’s economy.

We offer grants through a variety of programs to offset training-related expenses incurred by business, industry, nonprofit organizations and educational institutions to meet current and future workforce needs.