Launching Careers for 15 Years

Train to Work Class Photo

“There I was, looking for yet another job online…”

Tiffany’s story has been echoed by many over the years—those who’ve been laid off, struggled to find work in a tough economy, or been looking for a way out of dead-end jobs—who found PPL’s Train to Work program. They graduated with new skills and a revived confidence in themselves and the direction of their lives.

“I have worked so many jobs,” Tiffany said at her recent Train to Work graduation. “I feel like this could be a gateway to a career.”

By providing sector-based training and internships in high-growth job fields that connect to the hiring needs of employer partners, Train to Work has been the start of many careers in its 15 year history.

Darryen graduated the Train to Work in Banking class in the spring of 2012. He started work as a teller at a local bank last June and recently reached a significant professional goal-receiving multiple top-ratings marks for his services through independent customer polling. Darryen is beginning to chart the next steps of his career in banking.

In 2007, Amber completed a brief internship at a local hospital as part of the Train to Work in Healthcare class. A week after graduating, she was hired by the same department and works there to this day. She credits the training and encouragement of PPL staff for helping her achieve her goals.

“The atmosphere at PPL was great, even when you felt discouraged,” Amber remembers. “They talked me through some difficult moments.”

Train to Work began in the late 1990s through a combined effort of Allina Health, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics, the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, and Honeywell dubbed the Phillips Partnership, which worked to address the connected issues of crime, joblessness, and housing deterioration in the Phillips neighborhood of south Minneapolis. With support of the partnership, PPL implemented a number of programs and projects, including housing developments

As a testament to the success of the program, graduates from the first classes are still enjoying fruitful careers in the field. and Train to Work.

“PPL opened a door for me,” said Tinicia, one of the first graduates. “It’s been a great opportunity because I have now been working in a hospital for 14 years.”

Nadra has been working in cardiology since she graduated Train to Work in 1999. “I’m so grateful to PPL and their program which helped me excel.”

Train to Work helps graduates succeed thanks in part to our employer partners: Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Associated Bank, Augustana Health Care Center of Minneapolis, BMO Harris Bank, Bremer Bank, Children’s Hospital and Clinics, Ebenezer, Episcopal Church Home, Guaranty Bank, North Memorial Hospital, TCF Bank, US Bank, Wells Fargo, and Wings Financial.

Furthering Careers

In addition to the success of Train to Work, PPL has begun to offer certificate-earning employment training programs through a partnership with MCTC. Graduates are prepared to work in high-growth employment fields while earning college credits.

PPL’s new Long-Term Care class offers registered certified nursing assistants specialized training to work in long-term healthcare, one of the fastest growing industries. Participants in this three-month training also gain experience through an internship with one of our employer partners, setting them up for present and future success.

“I’m taking this course because I want to learn more about patients from diverse backgrounds, gain employment in healthcare, and continue my education afterwards,” said Muraya, a class participant.

The Long-Term Care class joins two other PPL offerings: a seven month program training participants to become pharmacy technicians and an excellence in customer service training scheduled to begin this June.

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