Community Career Labs launch in Saint Paul and Ramsey County

Six sites provide safe, free technology access and assistance to job seekers

SAINT PAUL, MN, August 3, 2020—Today marked the launch of six Community Career Labs, which provide free workforce support to job seekers and residents following adverse economic impacts and job losses caused by COVID-19.

The Community Career Labs, opens a new window will provide reservation-based computer access, printing and copying, digital literacy programs, job search and resume assistance and other workforce support programs through 2020. All sites will require face coverings, social distancing and follow public health guidelines for layout and cleaning – access is regulated and available by reservation only. Community Career Labs are one of a number of programs funded by Ramsey County Investment and Support Efforts (ramseycounty.us/rise, opens a new window) through the federal CARES Act.

Community Career Labs are available for reservations today at Saint Paul Public Library Dayton’s Bluff, Rice Street, Rondo Community Library and Sun Ray locations and Ramsey County Library Maplewood and Roseville locations. An additional site will open in Downtown Saint Paul in late-August; other community-based sites may also be opened in the weeks ahead based on demand. Please visit ramseycounty.us/CareerLabs, opens a new window for site-specific addresses, hours and services.

Elected officials and program leaders gathered at the Dayton’s Bluff library in Saint Paul for a socially distanced launch event to introduce the Community Career Labs.

“As the COVID-19 public health and economic crisis continues, Saint Paul is working to ensure that no one is left behind. Launching these Community Career Labs in partnership with Ramsey County is one way we are addressing this urgent situation,” said Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter. “These labs will help bridge the digital divide for those without ready access to technology and need additional support and resources.”

“Ten percent of Minnesotans call Ramsey County home, and our local economy has been hit hard by the pandemic,” said Ramsey County Board Chair Toni Carter. “I encourage job seekers across Ramsey County to utilize our new Community Career Labs, whether you’re ready to apply for a job, looking brush up on skills, or just starting your job search. We’re here to help.”

“Libraries are recognized as trusted, safe spaces for learning, enrichment and community support,” said Saint Paul Public Library Board Chair and City Councilmember Jane Prince. “We are proud to adapt our

Dayton’s Bluff, Rondo, Sun Ray and Rice Street locations as Community Career Labs providing critical job services for our neighbors and families who need it the most.”

“We’re thoughtfully leveraging partnerships to invest our CARES resources and efforts where needs are the highest in our communities and Career Labs are a great example of this,” said Ramsey County Commissioner and Workforce Innovation Board, opens a new window member Jim McDonough.

For further information and interview requests, please contact:

John Siqveland john.siqveland@ramseycounty.us
651-746-9250

Meredith Kessler mkessler@tunheim.com
651-308-6224