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Our Training and Education Center (TEC) at the Center for Changing Lives in Minneapolis offers free, individualized job support, career exploration and workshops on a wide range of topics. Our trained career development facilitators can assist you in securing a job with livable wages and building a career that meets your unique skills, interests and needs.

We support Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) participants residing in Hennepin County. If you are not an MFIP participant or are a job seeker residing outside of Hennepin County, you are welcome to join any of our workshops or Employer & Training Spotlight events; however, our availability for individual appointments may be limited. If this happens, we are happy to connect you with the appropriate workforce development service provider in your area.

We recognize the seriousness of COVID-19 and the impact this has on you, your family and the community at large. The health and safety of those we serve, our employees and volunteers are our top priorities. As a result, The Center for Changing Lives Minneapolis building, including the LSS Employment Services Computer Lab will be closed to the public until further notice. We will continue to offer all career development services by phone or video call and encourage you to reach out to us at tec@lssmn.org and follow our Facebook page for upcoming virtual workshop dates and resources.

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*Please check back periodically for further updates. Note: If you contact the Center for Changing Lives Minneapolis front desk at 612.879.5200, you will be routed to a central LSS number where staff can answer your questions.


Job Search Support | Virtual Drop-in Space

LSS’ Training and Education Center is offering a free, virtual drop-in space to support job seekers. This is open to anyone looking for individualized assistance with:

  • Resumes
  • Job applications
  • Interview and job fair preparation
  • Resource navigation (exploring workshops and credentialed training opportunities)

This virtual drop-in space will be available every Thursday from 12 - 1:30 p.m. via Zoom.

Join on Zoom  or call +1-312.626.6799 and enter the passcode: 165540 with Meeting ID: 869 0412 6053 when prompted.  


Job Searching During COVID-19 | Virtual Workshop

Are you trying to land a job? Are you wanting to explore a new career but not sure how to start? Join LSS Employment Services for this one-hour, virtual workshop.

You will leave with an understanding of:

  • what employers and industries are in-demand right now.
  • how to network effectively.
  • how to prepare an “elevator speech.”

Call-in number and instructions for joining the Zoom workshop will be provided after you submit your registration. You can join this Zoom call via phone or video.

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Online Job Applications | Virtual Workshop

In this one-hour workshop, you will learn how to upload a resume and cover letter, complete and submit online applications, follow-up with an employer and understand the basics of applicant tracking systems. You will also receive individualized support to help create an Indeed account.

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Writing Effective Resumes and Cover Letters | Virtual Workshop  

Looking to update your resume? Learn about the four most common formats and how to choose the best one for you! This workshop also covers the do’s and don’ts of resume writing and creating effective accomplishment statements. You’ll leave knowing what a resume and cover letter are and the many tools available to create a resume or update a current one! 

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Interview Preparation | Virtual Workshop  

What can help take you from a job candidate to an employee? A solid interview!  During this one-hour virtual workshop you will learn how to prepare for an interview, including what to expect, what to wear and how to answer some of the most difficult questions employers ask.  We’ll cover it all and provide you with the opportunity to ask questions so you can feel confident and prepared going into any job interview.

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Employer & Training Spotlight | Virtual Events

Join us for LSS Employment Services’ new virtual event, “Employer & Training Spotlight.” Every month we will invite employer and training providers from various industries to share information about opportunities that are currently available in their sector.

You will have the rare opportunity to ask questions and gain insights directly from recruiters and employers who are currently hiring. Join us for an upcoming virtual event and start building the career you want.

Call-in number and instructions for joining the Zoom workshop will be provided after you submit your registration. You can join this Zoom call via phone or video.

Register here


One-on-One Career Services

We offer free, individualized career support to help you gain the confidence, tools and focus needed to get the job you want.  A career development facilitator can work with you to:Person typing on a laptop outside a building

  • Tailor Your Resume: Target your resume to get the interview you want
  • Practice for an Interview: Complete a mock interview to receive honest feedback and encouragement
  • Explore Credentialed Trainings/Career Pathways: Find a training that fits your interests and can boost income for you and your family
  • Match Your Natural Skills to Career Opportunities: Explore O*Net to learn how your skills and talents match with the fastest growing careers in the area
  • Boost Your Career Search with Social Media: Learn how to use LinkedIn to effectively network in your job search

Schedule a time to meet with an LSS Opportunity Navigator and get the support you need to boost your job search efforts! This initial intake appointment will be a time to share any concerns you have that might affect your ability to land the job and career you want. Based on your concerns, we will guide you to the appropriate, available resources or services that best fit your needs.

Book here


Open Lab

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Open Computer Lab will be closed to the public until further notice. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to protect the health and safety of all that use our services at LSS.


Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment

The TEC is now a registered Northstar testing location. Northstar helps build computer skills through online self-guided modules in key areas such as basic computer and internet skills, email, Microsoft software, social media and more! This program also allows you to demonstrate your knowledge by earning certificates. Check out their website for more information.


Apply to be an Opportunity Corps Navigator

LSS Employment Services will host a Minnesota Opportunity Corps Navigator for the 2021-2022 program year! Opportunity Corps members serve one year making a difference in the lives of individuals with multiple barriers to employment and economic self-sufficiency. This position includes a paid stipend and other perks.

Learn more and apply



Training and Education Center buildingThe Center for Changing Lives Minneapolis brings people together, transforms lives and creates a vital community where individuals and families can thrive. Our services are located at:

Center for Changing Lives Minneapolis
Training and Education Center (TEC)
2400 Park Avenue South, 2nd floor
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Phone: 612.879.5256

Email: tec@lssmn.org