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WHEN NATOLI BULGA moved his family almost 8,000 miles from Ethiopia to Minnesota, his hopes were high and his dreams were big. He knew the transition to this new life would be challenging, but Natoli felt his family’s future would be brighter in the United States.    

Knowing that having a good job was key to the family’s survival and assimilation into American culture, Natoli went to Rise’s Pathways program in South Minneapolis for career planning and job placement services. In meeting with Employment Counselor Mohamed Daher (shown…



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Breanne's love for children makes job at Nickelodeon Universe a great match

Breanne Miller was determined to find a job working with kids – one through which she could bring joy to their lives. And what a better job than as a ride operator at Nickelodeon Universe at the Mall of America!

Breanne was so excited to find her “dream job.” As a ride operator, she is responsible for the safety of the kids, answering questions from parents, and making sure the kids on the ride have a great time. 

Each day she goes to work, she feels a sense of pride and accomplishment. “The best part of my job is seeing the…



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Mike's engaging personality makes him a great fit at U.S. Bank Stadium

Nearly 200,000 Minnesota Vikings fans descended upon the new U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis the weekend of July 23-24 to get their first up-close look at one of the finest sports venues in the country.

Mike Hill was one of many guest experience representatives on hand to welcome visitors, scan tickets, and help see to it that everyone had a good time.      

Mike’s warm and engaging personality made him a perfect candidate for this job. With the support of Rise Job Developer Mary Steinmetz, Mike attended a job fair…



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Cummins grant helps relaunch Ken's career in IT

In the fast-paced, ever-changing world of IT (information technology), a few years can mean monumental advancements in systems, hardware, and software.

Having left the IT workforce for three years due to mental health issues, Ken Johnson found re-entering the workforce to be a real challenge. Romy Sundem, Ken’s therapist at Family Life Mental Health Center, suggested he work with Rise for career planning and job placement supports.

“I was very discouraged,” Ken said candidly. “I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer…



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