The Minnesota Employment Center (MEC) for People Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing provides comprehensive employment services which enable people to achieve their career goals, increase their self-sufficiency, and lead self-determined lives in the community.
MEC is expanding its services in the coming year beyond the Twin Cities metropolitan area to six Greater Minnesota areas: Duluth, Faribault/Mankato, St. Cloud, Moorhead, the northern Arrowhead region near Virginia, and southwestern Minnesota near Marshall. Here is a video which gives additional information.
MEC assists people who are Deaf or hard of hearing overcome barriers to employment and find jobs well-matched to their skills and interests with these services:
* Pre-employment evaluations and assessments
* Career planning and goal-setting
* Teaching networking and job-searching skills
* Finding suitable job leads and connecting employers with skilled candidates
* Developing resumes and cover letters
* Completing job applications
* Conducting mock interviews
* Public transportation training
MEC occupational communication specialists are fluent in American Sign Language (ASL). They provide no-cost, on-the-job training and support to both the new employee and employer with:
* On- and off-site job coaching
* Problem-solving on employment- related issues
* Self-advocacy activities and resources
* Developing communication
* Information about adaptive communication devices
* Meeting regularly with employer and employee to help set goals and discuss workplace situations
MEC staff will assist an employee in maintaining and advancing in the job by offering:
* Deaf culture awareness training for supervisors and co-workers
* Facilitation of natural job supports
* Development of effective communication options
* Continued career planning
* Ongoing support to assist in career satisfaction and advancement
People using MEC’s customized employment and job placement services work in a variety of companies throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area, including retail stores, child care centers, restaurants, manufacturing businesses, offices, and hospitality venues.
MEC is offered in collaboration with:
* Lifetrack Resources, Inc. (lifetrackresources.org)
* Minnesota Rehabilitation Services (deed.state.mn.us/rehab)
* Rise (rise.org)
* VECTOR/School District 287 (distract287.org)
For more information, contact
Blaine Newberg at 651-227-8471 or 952-657-7796(VP)
MEC c/o Lifetrack Resources, Inc.
709 University Avenue
St. Paul, Minnesota 55104
For information regarding MEC's expansion into Greater Minnesota, please view this video.