Corridors 2 Careers
Building Work-ready Communities
One of the most important and necessary components of building a bright future for the neighborhoods of Central Corridor is ensuring that our residents are well prepared for present and future employment opportunities to build successful lifetime careers. The District Councils Collaborative of Saint Paul and Minneapolis (DCC) has partnered with Ramsey County to implement the Corridors to Careers Pilot Project. The aim of the yearlong pilot project was to initiate development of work-ready communities in Frogtown, Summit-University, Skyline Tower, Cedar Riverside and the Glendale Community within Prospect Park.
The Corridors 2 Careers (C2C) project was focused on working to cultivate better relationships between residents, workforce providers, and employers.
Our Connector Team worked directly with residents to share knowledge about available resources to help them gain and maintain employment.
Connectors also began to identify barriers that individual communities may experience when seeking employment opportunities that offer family-supporting wages, and helped locate the best tools and strategies to support residents in achieving their goals.
This pilot project was focused on unemployed and underemployed residents who are not currently using workforce and training related resources.
Connector outreach was focused on five primary geographic areas within the Central Corridor, including:
- Frogtown, Saint Paul
- Summit-University, Saint Paul
- Skyline Tower, Saint Paul
- Glendale Townhomes Community, Minneapolis
- Cedar-Riverside, Minneapolis
Although the Connectors concentrated their efforts in these areas, residents from other neighborhoods were not excluded.
The Corridor to Careers Pilot Project is a partnership of the District Councils Collaborative of Saint Paul and Minneapolis and Ramsey County with funding from Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the Metropolitan Council and the Corridors of Opportunity initiative.