Provide access to employment, education, and training opportunities for Cedar-Riverside residents by bringing employers and higher education institutions into the community to support building prosperity for all.
The History of the Cedar-Riverside Opportunity Center
The idea for the center was in response to the nearly 18% unemployment rate as well as the estimated 30% of working-age adults who have not completed high school level education in Cedar-Riverside. The Cedar-Riverside Partnership saw these alarming numbers as a gap that could be filled with a holistic approach to education and employment. In September 2016, the Cedar-Riverside Partnership succeeded in raising $950,000 in capital funds for the construction of the Opportunity Center.
The Partners that make this happen
EMERGE Community Development
EMERGE is the managing partner of the center, facilitating day-to-day operations. EMERGE provides intake, assessment, job search/career exploration, employment counseling, job development, job placements, and case management services to youth and adult job seekers in the neighborhood.
Hennepin County Workforce Development
Hennepin County Workforce Development helps oversee the employment aspect of the Cedar-Riverside Opportunity Center and assists with the recruitment of employer partners.