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Career Trainings

Our free, hands-on career trainings prepare you for a well-paying career in high-demand fields with room for advancement.

CLUES Career Training workshops are perfect for anyone looking to get certified or advance their career, whether starting out in a new industry or moving up at a current job.

Participants in these free, eight- to nine-week trainings learn soft skills to prepare them to be successful in the workplace along with direct, hands-on training in high-demand industries.

With all career paths, participants focus on developing their skills and graduate with the industry certifications they need to get a higher paying job.

Training benefits

As a participant you’ll receive a variety of benefits including:

Some trainings have specific eligibility requirements. To learn more, contact us!

Estrella Chavez
Saint Paul
Luis Michel

Here’s what a sample program may look like:

Weeks 1-4:

At CLUES St. Paul or Minneapolis

Develop professional skills

  • Resume/cover letter writing
  • Mock interviews
  • Interpersonal communication

Build computer skills

  • Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Internet and email
  • Northstar Digital Literacy Certificate

Introduction to finances

  • Building credit
  • Budgeting
  • Managing assets

Weeks 5-9:

At CLUES or on location with one of our training partners

  • Gain hands-on job training
  • Learn from industry leaders
  • Practice your skills and prepare for certification
  • Graduate with industry-recognized certificates


Become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) through CLUES and the Red Cross

Get the skills and certification you need to become a CNA working in the hospital, clinic, elder care or other healthcare settings.

  • Weeks 1-4: CLUES St. Paul or Minneapolis
  • Weeks 5-8: American Red Cross St. Paul or Minneapolis training center
  • Credentials: Red Cross Nursing Assistant Certificate and State License upon passing of state examination
  • Starting pay: $16-$18/hour

Next Training

Starting online on March 15, 2021

IT Help Desk

Start a new career in the exciting world of tech!

This training covers a wide range of topics to prepare you for the CompTIA A+ certification, an internationally recognized designation that many employers require for entry-level IT jobs. 

  • Week 1: CLUES Saint Paul
  • Weeks 2-9: Saint Paul College
  • Credentials: CompTIA A+ certification
  • Starting pay: $19-20/hour

Next training

Starting online on March 15, 2021.

Unidos in Banking

Prepare for a career in financial services and banking.

CLUES offers a free, 8-week training with job placement support for individuals interested in entry-level careers in the banking industry.

  • Weeks 1-8: CLUES Saint Paul
  • Starting pay: $14-20/hour

Next training

Starting online on April 12, 2021

Customer Service / Office Administration

Take your career to the next level in a service job with growth potential.

Set yourself apart from other job seekers in the office administration and customer service fields with the credentials and skills employers want to see.

  • Weeks 1-8: CLUES Minneapolis or St. Paul
  • Credentials: National Retail Foundation certificate 
  • Starting pay: $14-$16/hour

Next Training



Gain eligibility for union jobs in bricklaying, finishing trades or carpentry.

CLUES works with union-certified training partners to prepare you for union certification and high-paying construction careers.

  • Weeks 1-4: CLUES Minneapolis or St. Paul
  • Weeks 5-9: Union-certified training partner
  • Credentials: Eligibility for union jobs
  • Starting pay: $16-$20/hour

Next Training

Bridge to Employment

Our Bridge to Employment trainings are short, two-week trainings focused on building professional skills including resumes, cover letters and basic computer skills. What makes these trainings special is that they end with an exclusive job fair held at CLUES. This is the ideal training for anyone looking to quickly find a higher paying job.

Next training: TBD


For more information and registration, contact:

Estrella Chavez
Saint Paul
Luis Michel

Monday-Friday: 8:30am - 5pm
Saturday-Sunday: Closed 

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