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Dietary Aide Training

Free Job Training for New Americans

Do you like working with people? Our Dietary Aide employment training will teach you skills to work as a server in nursing homes or hospitals. We also help you find and keep a job. Wages range from $14 – $17/hour.

Class is in-person at the International Institute of Minnesota (1694 Como Avenue, St. Paul MN). Bus passes or gas cards are available. Contact us for transportation help.

Next session:
Julu 8 – August 2

Monday – Friday | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Get Started

To register for class, you must come to an in-person intake session. 


When: Mondays | Arrive between 12 – 1 p.m. (Get directions.)

No appointment is needed. Please plan to be here for at least two hours, depending on how many students are waiting. During your visit, you will take an English test and talk about your goals. Our teachers will help you start the best class for your learning level.

Who Can Take Classes

To qualify for Dietary Aide training, you must:

  • Be born outside the U.S.
  • Live in Minnesota
  • Have conversational English skills
  • Be in good physical condition

About This Class

Our Dietary Aide Training teaches you skills to be successful in your job as a server. In this class you will learn:

  • Food safety
  • Infection control
  • Nutrition
  • Special diets and patient orders
  • American foods
  • Computer skills for the workplace
  • Customer service best practices and patient dialogue
  • Practical experience serving and communicating with older adults

You will also receive financial coaching to help you learn about American money and plan for your future.

What Our Clients Are Saying

Frequently Asked Questions

No, you do not need a work permit to begin job training. However, we cannot help you apply for a job until you have work authorization and a social security card.

Yes, you must live in Minnesota to attend our class.

Class is free.

We cannot provide childcare to attend our training.

Class is in-person at the International Institute of Minnesota: 1694 Como Ave, St. Paul

Yes, we are close to several bus stops. Use the Metro Transit online Trip Planner to map your way to 1694 Como Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108 <https://www.metrotransit.org/trip-planner>.

The closest bus stops are Stop #870 or Stop #929 on Como Ave. Other nearby bus stops are on Snelling Ave. and include Stop Numbers 18523, 931, 866, or 56119. From these bus stops, you will have a 5-10 minute walk to the International Institute of Minnesota.

Bus passes or gas cards are available. Contact us for transportation help.

It varies on your unique situation. We start working with you as soon as possible.

Attendance is very important. Attending is required to get the most out of the class. If you have regular conflicts with our schedule, we recommend trying to rearrange your schedule before signing up for class. Please contact us to talk about your unique situation.

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Contact Us

Call or email us if you have a question about our Dietary Aide Training.

Lynn Thompson
Program Manager and Instructor
(651) 377-8626