• Tackling Disparity

    Black workers in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area face an unemployment rate nearly twice that of whites. This is one of the largest disparities in the nation.
  • Breaking Barriers

    At YWCA St. Paul, job seekers find help overcoming obstacles to obtaining and sustaining employment.
  • Widening the Workforce

    Working with both employers and job seekers, we make good employees and good jobs easier to find.


People gained skills
to overcome barriers to
employment & self-sufficiency

Celebrating Success

“Now I can show my son that working hard leads you to your goals.”


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Employment & Economic Development

YWCA St. Paul’s Employment & Economic Development programs empower people to build skills and overcome barriers to employment and self-sufficiency. Providing employment and training services, these programs help people to experience success and provide ongoing case coordination, training and support as individuals strive to gain new credentials, maintain employment or move from welfare to work.

Core Programs & Services Include:

YW Works

Moving People into Work

YW Works (YWW): Breaks the cycle of poverty by helping people move from welfare to work. As a contractor of Workforce Solutions, a department of Ramsey County, YWW delivers culturally specific employment services to African American participants of the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP).

YWW participants must be referred to the program by Ramsey County Workforce Solutions. For more information about YW Works and the enrollment process, call 651-221-4680 or email yww@ywcaofstpaul.org.

Career Pathways

Building Success in the Workplace

Career Pathways provides customized services and ongoing support focused on helping participants overcome barriers to obtaining and sustaining employment. Serving both job seekers and area employers, Career Pathways makes good employees easier to find and good jobs easier to keep.

For more information about Career Pathways and the enrollment process, please email careerpathways@ywcaofstpaul.org.

Commercial Driver’s License Class B and Class A Programs

The CDL Training Program puts people on the road to success by helping them to earn a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). After successfully completing permit training, participants go on to behind the wheel training that leads to good-paying jobs in construction, highway maintenance, transit and other in-demand industries.

Apply online here or apply in-person at YWCA St. Paul, 375 Selby Ave., St. Paul.
Application Form

Qualifications & Scheduling

Program qualifications:

  • Minimum age 21
  • Must have valid Minnesota driver’s license for at least 2 years
  • No more than 1 moving violation in past 3 years
  • Must complete a drug screen, background and driving history check
  • Must have birth certificate or proof of citizenship and social security card
  • Must take a reading and math assessment test and go through an interview

Schedule requirements:

  • Must be available for permit training at YWCA St. Paul for two weeks, Monday through Friday, 9a.m.–1p.m.

Office Essentials Program

Office Essentials teaches the basic skills to start an entry-level career. This three-week program includes:

  • Job placement assistance
  • Microsoft Office certification
  • CPR training
  • Recruiting visits from employers
  • Materials and supplies provided
  • Certificate for completion of program

For more information, please call 651-222-3741 or email cmcintosh@ywcaofstpaul.org.

Apply online here or apply in-person at YWCA St. Paul, 375 Selby Ave., St. Paul.
Application Form


  • Minimum age 18
  • Must pass background check
  • Must take skills assessment test