On Wednesday, June 13, Metro Transit collaborated with the Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center to host a job fair for Cedar Riverside residents.
The job fair was held at the Brian Coyle Community Center in conjunction with an Iftar evening meal marking the end of Ramadan.
Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin and Minneapolis City Council Member Abdi Warsame joined the 57 candidates that signed up for Metro Transit operator training and community members that came together to break the Ramadan fast.
"We all stand united by the immigrants that have made our region economically and culturally complete, and their achievements strengthen our communities and our region," said Commissioner McLaughlin. "For our part, it is on us to lift up our immigrant neighbors and support their success."
Council Member Warsame and Opportunity Center Director of Workforce Mohamed Ali noted Commissioner McLaughlin's efforts to recruit robust regional employers like Metro Transit to the Opportunity Center.
"Commissioner McLaughlin has offered courageous and constant leadership to bring equity and opportunity to all people of Minneapolis," said Ali.
The 57 candidates will start a significant step toward a livable wage career when they begin Metro Transit driver training over the next three days at the Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center. Metro Transit plans to hire drivers from the candidate pool following the training, positions that pay competitive wages and provide good benefits.
The Opportunity Center has supported nearly 1,000 individuals since March 2017, placing over 622 in jobs. Goals for the remainder of 2018 include increased focus on youth engagement and employment.