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Dietary Aide Training

A dietary aide students practices serving breakfast to a volunteer at the International Institute of Minnesota.

Dietary Aide Training is a free employment program for New Americans. This course prepares students to work in nursing homes or hospitals as servers.

In this class students will learn:

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

After training, the Institute employment specialists provide employment assistance, placement and ongoing employment support. Wages range from $14-$17/hour.

To qualify for this program, an applicant must:

  • Be born outside of the United States (refugee, asylee, permanent resident, naturalized U.S. citizen or survivor of trafficking)
  • Currently live in Minnesota
  • Be in good physical condition
  • Have conversational English skills


A bus pass or gas card is provided during class, and this training meets MFIP program hourly requirements.

Next Session:  May 1 – May 26 

  • Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.
  • Class will be taught in-person at the International Institute of Minnesota (1694 Como Avenue, St. Paul MN)

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Contact: Lynn Thompson,, (651) 377-8626

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