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Transferable qualities that make new Americans outstanding employees and business owners:

  • Resiliency - the ability to cope with, adapt to, and overcome challenges in their new homeland

  • Globalization - knowledge of international and technical trends as it pertains to business and industries. They possess the intangible quality of an accelerated learning curve

  • Teamwork -- immigrants daily lives involve group activities. Hence,  genuine collaboration grows from mutual respect and sense of responsibility for one's clan or family member  

Bridge program: Job Training|Workplace English|Job Placement - connecting people & ideas with resources to pursue further training, professional certifications and work opportunies
A W E D          Accessible Workforce & Enterprise Development
Helping Immigrants Since 2007
Talk: 952.290.0948
Fax:  952.378.2780 
Bloomington, Minneapolis, St. Paul, St. Louis Park, New Hope & Brooklyn Park
AWED offers the following programs: 

PIBE: Professional Immigrant Bridge to Employment - facilitates integration by connecting highly skilled unemployed and underemployed individuals to jobs in growing industries; also, workplace language & communications training, job skills training and professional clothing drive. With us, it’s personal. That's why, we get to know you and your goals, and we guide you every step of the way - no matter where you’ve come from, or where you want to go next, AWED is here to propel you forward

African Women Entrepreneurship: designed to remove obstacles and address economic development participation for women​
With Board Member at AWED workshop

Mentor an AWED participant and help them regain their dignity by getting a job or starting a career/business. 

 Call 952-290-0948 or click here for more information

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Wish List

  • Stereo Headsets
  • Men Suits
  • Dress Shirts
  • Used Cell Phones​

AWED seeks to further enable and enhance the human capital and assets building potential of Africans in the diaspora. The program was formerly launched in Fall of 2013 and focuses on financial stability, strengthening policy, and human capital development of college educated adults to obtain the necessary credentialing, employability, and technical skills. Through partnership with state workforce agencies, training programs, cities and employers we offer a portfolio of activities for career development and support services that prepare participants to work in high-demand, livable wage careers that match their skills and interests. There's also lower-level bridge coaching to prepare participants for entry level employment.

Please Note: If you have a degree and work experience from another country, AWED can help you evaluate your foreign credential through World Education Services. Once your credential is matched to an American standard, we can help you with upgrading your skills, finding a job, or starting a business, please contact us for more information on how to get started. 

To meet the needs of our participants, and to keep our overhead down, we conveniently conduct 1:1 and group sessions in several spaces around the Twin Cities, please see location information above.

Program Eligibility

  • May or may not be an incumbent worker

  • May be a professional with extensive work experience in another country needing to transition in a high demand occupation in Minnesota

  • Have already started a business, and need help:  getting a loan, with financial literacy, writing a business plan, finding a mentor, learning about exporting goods or services to another country, etc.

  • May or may not be an immigrant. We help anyone that meets our criteria

We're Accepting New & Gently Used: Suits, Work Bags, Shirts and Blouses for Interviews

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