A newly-opened space in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood in Minneapolis is bustling with activity related to skill and career building.
The Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center represents years of collaboration with community partners and employers in Minneapolis—including Fairview—working to bring educational, workforce and career pathway services to neighborhood’s East-African residents.
“The history of Fairview with this project goes back to day one, with just a group of us at the table,” says Mohamed Ali, manager at the Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center. “Fairview was the first employer who committed to come to the Opportunity Center to help people get jobs.”
Connections to careers
Twice a month, Fairview recruiters spend the afternoon at the Opportunity Center and meet with Cedar Riverside residents to help them develop or improve their resume or walk them through the online application process for Fairview careers.
“Many of the applicants here are looking for entry-level positions in areas like housekeeping or nutrition services, areas where we always have openings,” says Regina Pekarek, workforce development consultant at Fairview.
“Others have completed nursing assistant training at the Opportunity Center in partnership with EMERGE. Often, we can point job seekers to openings right down the street at University of Minnesota Medical Center.”
“Fairview goes the extra mile to help people, providing the in-person assistance,” adds Mohamed. “This commitment goes a long way with the Cedar Riverside community—they see both words and action. Word about working at Fairview is reaching a lot of people in our community.”
Other employers and partners working to hire candidates at the Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center include the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County and the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
Building career pathways
Fairview is committed to supporting job opportunities that allow people to work and attend school in their own communities while earning family-sustaining wages. In addition to our work in the Cedar Riverside community, we offer many other programs to build career pathways.
“Fairview walks the talk,” says Mike Christenson, workforce development director for Hennepin County, another anchor partner at the opportunity center. “They have led the construction of a health care pathway in Cedar Riverside–youth learn about health careers in Scrubs Camp, intern in health care through C3 Fellows and get connected to health care jobs at the Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center. If Fairview doesn’t close the historic unemployment gap in Cedar Riverside, they will lead the way.”