MN Employment Center

Career solutions for Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing communities.


The MEC team collaborates and works with Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard-of-Hearing people of all work backgrounds to discover new skills, explore career opportunities and find meaningful employment.
 
 
 
 

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Benefits of working with MEC

MEC is here to unlock your potential, from your first job search to ongoing job coaching and support when you need it.

  • Resume and cover letter development
  • Job searches and contacting potential employers
  • Interviews, job shadowing and company tours
  • Job customization and support to fit your needs
  • Employer training and communications setup
  • Ongoing job coaching and training to help grow your skills


Latest News

Dustin Trudeau

Walmart

When Dustin Trudeau was diagnosed with a brain tumor at only 19 months old, doctors gave his mother Karen little hope for his recovery. Life-saving chemotherapy and radiation treatments left Dustin deaf in both ears and with a learning disability

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Our Communities

We take pride in finding a unique solution for everyone who comes to us, no matter your background, specific disability or work history. Our communications expertise and close relationships with the Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard-of-Hearing communities have given us the chance to work with hundreds of Minnesotans — and to connect them with employers who see the value in working with a diverse, vibrant group of people.

With offices in the Twin Cities, Rochester, Duluth, Mankato, Moorhead and Faribault, we’re able to provide services to all Minnesotans.

About Us

Minnesota Employment Center (MEC) is a program that provides career solutions and customized support for the Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard-of-Hearing communities in MN. MEC is a collaboration between Rise Incorporated and Lifetrack, with support from the State of Minnesota.


Success Stories

Ade

Hilton Garden Inn

Ade, a native of Nigeria, loves his chef job at Hilton Garden Inn, where the menu features a pasta dish named after him. Despite the language and communication challenges, he is an award-winning member of the Hilton staff. Ade was even featured in an article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, which highlighted his great work and the support he receives from MEC. He uses a system of notes, gestures, and lip-reading to communicate with his coworkers. Guests especially enjoy his made-to-order omelets, which Ade likes to deliver to the table in person.

Ellen

Home Goods

Looking for a career change, Ellen sought out MEC career guidance and job placement services. Her MEC Occupational Communication Specialist (OCS) coordinated a job try-out at Home Goods and they were very impressed with her job performance, which led to her hire. MEC helped the Home Goods’ managers with Ellen’s on-the-job training and continued to follow-up once a week to make sure that things were going well. Given her success on the job, MEC now only visits twice a month.

Our Partners

We work with businesses across Minnesota, from offices to manufacturers to retailers, to find career solutions for Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard-of-Hearing people. Our team members work to find opportunities for the people we serve to find a good job, grow as a professional and flourish in their communities.



Community Partnerships


Business Partnerships


    Blue Cross Blue Shield

    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota knows that Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard-of-Hearing employees can deliver strong results every day. Senior data operator Sue regularly outperforms her work goals and is a key member of Blue Cross’s team. MEC helped with her new job training and with establishing communication systems with coworkers, along with consistent follow-up to ensure success in her job.

    Home Depot

    We take pride in working with employers to find solutions for every employee. Yoonis, who is still learning ASL, immigrated from Somalia in 2000 and is now working as a cashier at Home Depot. His MEC Occupational Communication Specialist (OCS) developed a detailed cashier training book for Yoonis, complete with step-by-step instructions and illustrations. With Yoonis’s success, MEC and Home Depot can re-use the customized training book with others hired as cashiers.

    T.J. Maxx

    A store can’t run without a well-organized inventory, and Trang, Bao and Asho are invaluable for store operations at T.J. Maxx. They worked with MEC to find positions at the store and develop a communications system with staff. Now they process, tag, hang, and prepare clothing for the store floor from their individual work stations in the backroom. MEC also proudly helped Asho obtain American citizenship and we continue to follow up on their progress.

Contact Us Today

No matter what your work history, areas of expertise or job interests are, MEC will work with you to grow and develop a career that works for you. Contact us to learn more and get started.



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Minnesota Employment Center (MEC)

For People Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
C/O Lifetrack Resources

Address

709 University Avenue West
Saint Paul, MN 55104 (View Map)

Phone & Fax

651-265-2429

MEC - Greater Minnesota Offices

Northeastern Region:

230 W Superior St., #400, Duluth, MN 55802
VP: 218-481-8825; Text: 952-465-4519


Southern Region:

421 Central Avenue North, #400, Faribault, MN 55021
VP: 507-380-5721


Northwestern Region:

715 11th St. North, #103SW, Moorhead, MN 56560
VP: 218-457-0088


West Central Region:

400 1st St. South, #600, St. Cloud, MN 56301
VP: 320-200-4975