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Bruce Hixon builds great machinist career

HAVING SUCCESSFULLY worked as a machinist since 1977, Bruce Hixon was dismayed when the company he had been working for close to 25 years closed abruptly after 9/11 as the manufacturing industry began to struggle.

Skilled and motivated, Bruce had worked hard to build his career despite fluctuations in the business climate. He attended Technical Vocational Institute (now St. Paul College) to learn to read computer blueprints and hone his highly technical machinist skills. Bruce also attended Hennepin Technical College for ABE (Adult…



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We'd like you to meet Mary Richards

Just when most of her peers are thinking about retiring, Mary Richards is hoping to start a new career and is pursuing her job search in earnest.

“I’d much rather be working than at home feeling sorry for myself,” she said. “Everyone needs to have new goals, and if I can share my life experiences and help others, that’s what I’d like to do.”

Mary has been a data entry clerk with Rise’s Data Ability…



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We'd like you to meet Briana Bergeron

Briana Bergeron’s ability to quickly learn new job tasks and her solid work ethic make her a valued employee at the Taco John’s restaurant in Forest Lake where she has worked three days a week since July 2016.

Equally appreciative of her reliability and hard work are her Employment Innovations co-workers with whom she cleans a number of business sites throughout the East Central Minnesota area two days a week. In the summer, Briana also worked on the lawn crews which had mowing and trimming contracts throughout the area.

Briana…



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We'd like you to meet Lane Mooney

At the end of his work day at Rise, nothing makes Lane Mooney happier than to tinker in his make-shift work shop in the corner of Mark and Sarah Gustafson’s barn in Champlin. There, whatever has wires, lights, or electrical components - is of particular interest to Lane. 

Mark and Sarah provide three hours of respite care four days a week until Lane’s adult foster care provider of nine years, Blaine Newberg, gets home from work. Blaine is the program coordinator for Rise’s statewide Minnesota Employment Center (MEC) for People who are…



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