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Continued: Twin Cities light-rail Green Line will connect college students to health care jobs

  • Article by: MAURA LERNER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 6, 2014 - 10:12 PM

“We have the type of jobs that these students are looking for,” she said. “They fill a need that we have.”

Jones, for example, turned out to be a perfect fit at Amplatz, she said. “These people are shining because they’re matched up with the right job. We’re just helping them figure out what job … they should apply for.”

Even if it’s an entry-level slot — such as office assistant or parking attendant — it’s a foot in the door. And when they finish their degrees, Beeth said, they can apply for higher-paying jobs as internal candidates.

Beeth is also chair of a task force for the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative, one of two groups (along with the McKnight Foundation) funding the college fellowship program with a total of $200,000 in grants.

Already the program has drawn interest from students living beyond the one-mile radius of the Green Line, Mogren says. But there’s not enough money to help everyone — at least, not yet. “As we move forward, we want to be able to grow,” he said.

Beeth, too, says she hopes this is just the beginning. “We try to make a difference, because education and jobs is what prosperity is all about.”

 

Maura Lerner • 612-673-7384

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  • Mike Jones, who is studying to be a nurse, gave patient Alex Whited, 9, of Shakopee, a high-five at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis.

  • Central Corridor College Fellowship

    What is it? A program to help students in health care fields land jobs with local hospitals, clinics or long-term care facilities

    Who’s eligible? Students who:

    • Live within one mile of the new Green Line light-rail line, which will link downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul

    • Attend St. Paul College or Minneapolis Community and Technical College

    • Are enrolled in health-related programs, such as addiction counseling, dental assistant, lab technician, nursing assistant, nursing and others.

    For more information: www.c3fellows.org

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