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Environmental and Construction Workers Training Program


Participation in the FREE Highway-Heavy Construction Workers Training Program (HHCWTP) requires that you are a resident of St. Paul and/Ramsey County, have a high school diploma or GED, possess a valid Driver’s License and that you know basic math and reading. 

The ten-week Highway Heavy Construction Workers Training Program is a specialized pre-apprentice laborer training program that may help you to get an entry-level highway construction job with private construction companies.Trainees will be prepared to work on bike trails,bridges,and highway projects. 

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and the Minnesota WorkForce Centers have partnered with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to deliver a program designed to help minorities and women who live close to St. Paul/Minneapolis, Owatonna, Duluth, Bemidji and Mankato get jobs.  


ECWTP  Brochure

MCS and its partners provide training sessions in life skills, environmental and building trades.MCS is now accepting pre-applications for training.
For additional information, please contact: Jose Santos, Jr. at 651-771-9339, or
To qualify for this opportunity, by the time the training begins, you must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Be unemployed or under-employed
  • A Resident of St. Paul and/or Ramsey county
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED, or actively pursuing your GED
  • Possess a valid State of Minnesota Driver’s License and reliable transportation
  • Be able to pass a math and reading test

MCS begins accepting pre-applications in July of each year. Beginning in mid-September MCS offers weekly advance preparation and remedial math classes to assist potential students prepare to apply for the training program. Attendees have the opportunity to learn more about the construction trade by hearing a variety of speakers, such as construction workers, previous graduates and union trainer. Attending these weekly classes also allow potential students to address any issues that may prevent them from qualifying for the program. Assistance and resources are offered to address driver’s license issues, legal concerns.

In January interested individuals attend a one-day event to test in reading and math. Interviews are held with those who pass the tests and the training begins the beginning of February.

MCS and its partners provide training in the following:  life skills, environmental and the building trades, soft skills including first aid/CPR, math and reading comprehension, OSHA 30, confined space, HAZMAT, physical fitness, pre-apprenticeship training in the trades, job acquisition skills, resume writing, job retention skills, computer basics and interviewing skills

Upon completion MCS staff assist graduates in finding and keeping union jobs.  Program staff refer graduates to contractors for interviews and job placement

 Partners in Life Skills and Student Support

  • St. Paul Building and Trades
  • Bricklayers and  Allied Craft workers Local Union 1 MN/ND
  • Sheet Metal Workers' Local 10
  • Minnesota Finishing Trades Glaziers and Glass workers
  • Aurora-St. Anthony:  Life Skills Instruction and and assisting with placement
  • Center for Working Families:  Life Skills Instruction and IDA Accounts
  • Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties:  Car Loans and repair, Financial Literacy
  • Ramsey County Probation:  Referral and Student Support
  • SPPS Ronald M. Hubbs Center for Lifelong Learning:  Math and reading Components
  • RESOURCES Employment Action Center/WIA:  Financial support with housing, transportation, utility bills
  • Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services: Legal resources with felony expungement, child support issues

2014 MnDOT-DEED Highway Heavy Construction Training Program

Take time to research your skills, interests and abilities to determine whether or not construction jobs are the right career for you. You should make sure that you are aware of the many different occupations in this industry and also which ones appear to be promising for steady work in the future.   

Here’s some information that can help get you started.

Go to  and explore construction programs.

Another great way for you to learn more about careers is to visit your local MN WorkForce Center. Many of them have free workshops that help you research careers and/or find employment.


Our Funders

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Administered by the Center for Construction Research and Training
Minnesota Department of Transportation 
Greater Twin Cities United Way

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