Adult Employment Services help low-income, unemployed, or underemployed job seekers who would like to earn a livable wage and achieve their career goals though full-time work. Participants get support to build upon skills needed to secure and retain full-time permanent employment though training, coaching, career exploration, and retention counseling.

We can help you:

  • Search for jobs
  • Create or improve your resume
  • Write cover letters
  • Apply to jobs and fill out applications
  • Identify your strengths and weaknesses
  • Prepare for a job interview
  • Acquire work-appropriate clothing for a job interview
  • Create a budget and/or open a bank account
  • Identify the right career for you

Any individual interested in using our services must attend an information session, which is held every Tuesday at 9:30 am and Wednesday at 3:00 pm in our Job Lab.

NOTE:  Self-pay registrants must make payment at time of registration in order to reserve a space in the class.  Agencies will be invoiced.

To learn more about our training programs, please contact Elizabeth Blakemore at or 612-787-4068.

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Training

What does a CNA do? Certified Nursing Assistants assist children, adults or seniors in a variety of settings, such as nursing homes and hospitals providing a variety of services to their clients. This program is in partnership with Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) and Augustana Feeny Manor. Program participants will receive instruction from professors at MCTC and professionals at Augustana. East Side will provide supportive services to all participants in the areas of transportation assistance, resume and cover letter review, and job placement assistance. Upon completion of this free program, participants will be rewarded with a financial stipend and will be able to take the state certification test free of charge to them.

Upcoming classes:  October - Learn more at a September information session

Cost:  FREE

Eligibility requirements:

  • Clean background 
  • Be able to read and write at an 8th grade level
  • High School Diploma/GED

Upcoming classes:  see calendar [PDF]

Cost:  $375

Eligibility requirements:

  • 18 years old
  • Minimum intermediate level of English reading & writing skills

Forklift Operator Training

Forklifts are used in a number of work environments, such as warehousing, building and road construction, and transportation and retail. This training covers both the stand-up reach lift and the sit-down reach. Participants are provided with one-on-one assistance to pass the written test where necessary.

ServeSafe Food Safety Manager Training 

This training educates in the areas of basic food safety, personal hygiene, cross-contamination & allergens, cooking time & temperature, and cleaning & sanitation. The Minnesota Department of Health requires that every type of food preparation facility have ServSafe certified staff.  Being ServSafe certified will give you an opportunity to advance in your career! This class is a two-day, 10-hour course. Participants will take the certification exam at the end of the second day. To register, call the Training Coordinator at 612-787-4068.

Upcoming Classes:  see calendar [PDF]

Cost:  $175

Upcoming classes:  TBA

Cost:  FREE

Leadership in Hospitality

This FREE DEED-funded, Leadership & Management program is designed for adults with experience working in the customer service, sales, food service, and hospitality fields that have the potential to move into supervisory and leadership positions. Applicants from other employment backgrounds are also eligible. Participants will receive training, certification and Continuing Educations Units (CEUs) from ESNS and Normandale Community College including ServSafe Food Safety Manager, Supervision & Management, Intro to Microsoft Word & Excel, and a certificate of participation.

Employer of the Day Events

Looking for a job in customer service, hospitality, or janitorial and maintenance work? Our on-site hiring events are just for you! During each event, attendees will have an opportunity to get help with applications, hand their resumes to hiring managers, and ask questions about openings. Some Employer of the Day events also offer on-site interviews. Be sure to bring your resume, your best smile, and a positive attitude! Please contact 612-787-4035 with any questions.

Are you an employer interested in holding a hiring event at East Side? Fill out our online form!

Upcoming classes: See events calendar

Cost:  FREE


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Front Desk: 612-781-6011
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Minneapolis, MN 55413

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