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DULUTH - "It's a rewarding career. I mean, you know, you truly get to make a difference," Minnesota State Patrol Captain Steve Stromback said.If you're looking for a different road to travel to become a Minnesota State Trooper, this might be an opportunity for you.
"What we're looking for in a state trooper is we want people that want to make a difference, we want people that are excited to go out and save lives," said Stromback.
More than 40 positions are open that require no prior law enforcement experience or education.
The state patrol is looking to recruit a more diverse workforce.
"We've hired teachers in the past that might be looking for something different," said Stromback. "There's some benefit in hiring those that have gotten some life experience and decided you know what I wanna make a change, I wanna go a different direction with my life," said Stromback.
The positions will not only benefit those looking to make a career change.
Minnesota Workforce officials believe it could also provide much needed help to people who don't have a job.
"As people get laid off from declining agencies in the region it's great when we can provide opportunities for them to re-train and find employment in emerging industries or occupations," Duluth Economic Employment Development Labor Market Analyst Jan Saxhaug said.
Anyone with a two or four year degree from a regionally accredited university or college is eligible.
The state patrol will pay for candidates to learn the ropes through their Law Enforcement Training Opportunity program.
"There are things specific to law enforcement that we want to teach these folks," said Stromback.
You can apply to become a trooper on the state patrol's website.
Applications will be accepted through July 12.