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New Partnership Aims to Recruit BIPOC Women to Work in Highway Construction

Minnesota CareerForce (formerly known as MN WorkForce) is partnering with both the state’s Department of Transportation (MnDOT) and Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) to recruit and train women and members of BIPOC communities for a career in the highway construction industry.

Classes begin this spring and training is provided at no cost to enrollees. In addition, you will be provided with tools, boots, and job placement services for good-paying positions including Heavy Equipment Operator and Labor/Cement Mason. Applicants to the MnDOT – DEED Highway Heavy Construction Training and Job Placement (HHCTJP) program must:

  • Identify as a member of an ethnic minority group and/or woman
  • Have a high school diploma or GED Certificate
  • Own a valid Minnesota Driver’s License
  • Possess a working vehicle and automobile insurance
  • Complete a training aptitude assessment

U.S. Veterans that meet these eligibility guidelines are strongly encouraged to submit an application. For more information and how to apply, please contact Sylvia C. Garcia, State Program Coordinator, at 651-539-4122 or You can also download the pre-application form, access the program flyer, and connect with an expert to answer any questions you may have by visiting the HHCTJP webpage.

Our Impact This Year

  • People Who Received Utility Bill Assistance


  • Children Enrolled in Head Start & Early Head Start


  • People Whose Utility Bills Were Lowered Through Home Weatherization


  • Workers Provided with Transportation Support Including Vehicle Loans, Repair Grants, and Transit Passes


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