Securing  Our

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 that gives you the skills and the tools you need as a professional. We prepare you through hands-on coaching
A W E D          African Workforce & Entrepreneurial Development
Helping Immigrants Since 2007
Talk: 952.290.0948
Bloomington, Minneapolis, St. Paul, St. Louis Park, New Hope & Brooklyn Park
At AWED, we don't just facilitate integration- we create opportunities. From 1:1 with individuals to group workshops, we support all of your career development needs. 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 - through our vast network of volunteers, companies, colleges, universities, programs, etc. No matter where you’ve come from, or where you want to go next, AWED is here to propel you forward.

With Board Member at AWED workshop

Bring Your Own Device 
Job Assistance Clinic 
3rd Thursday of Each Month! 

Philips Family Foundation
615 First Ave. N.E.
Suite 330
Minneapolis, MN 55413

  • Resume Help (international experience resume assistance) 

  • Career Planning Questions

  • Professional Clothing Assistance

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​

Welcome to the Professional Immigrant Bridge to Employment program (PIBE): Tackling foreign-credential barriers

The program assists underemployed and unemployed adults from immigrant and low-income populations in obtaining the necessary academic, employability, and technical skills through three required components — contextualized instruction, career development, and support services to work in high-demand, livable wage careers that match their skills and interests. PIBE offers a lower-level bridge course and a higher vocational reading and math levels course to prepare participants to:

  (1) advance in a career pathway and feel informed and encouraged to do so; and to gain entrepreneurial skills and knowledge needed to start a business. This course includes Job Search and Career Development Workshops: prepares credentialed, job-ready NewAmericans possessing higher English language skills, with knowledge and skills to better understand the strategies, business perspective and next steps of the job search, or business ownership process in Minnesota

  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. 

    (2) enter into a multi-level non credit occupational course that leads to an entry-level job   

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.

AWED, along with your local state workforce centers, colleges, county services, city agencies and CBOs work collaboratively to provide you with the tools, resources, and services you need to, explore career paths, get into a gateway job that advances , pay for short-term training, job search/placement and skills training. 

Program Eligibility

PIBE is designed for individuals 16 years and older, who:

  • 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

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