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Minnesota Employment Center for People who are Deaf, DeafBlind, or Hard of Hearing

People We Serve

This program supports people who are Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing in school-to-career transition, career exploration and planning, and ongoing career support.

Program Features

  • Job placement, coaching, job-seeking skills, work evaluations, job try-outs, and job shadowing
  • Individualized career planning and goal setting support
  • Job retention and career support
  • Occupational communication support and education
  • Resume development and other supports

MEC has our own website! Visit us here.

Minnesota Employment Center

Services available in these counties

Referral Contact

Want to learn more about this program or work with a Rise staff member to see if this program is a good fit?

Sheila Ritter
Email: sritter@rise.org
Phone: 651-968-1632
Video Phone: (651) 243-3047


MEC is a statewide program that offices out of multiple locations. We have locations in St. Paul, Duluth, Faribault, Moorhead, and St. Cloud.


Monday - Friday | 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Schedule and location of services determined by individual need.

Primary Funding Sources

  • Minnesota Vocational Rehabilitation Services
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
  • Private Grants
  • Schools and Self-Referral
  • State Services for the Blind

Transportation Options

  • Self-arranged / Private / Personal

Other Considerations

If you are interested in this program, but are unsure if you qualify, have appropriate funding, or have other concerns, please contact us. We are happy to partner with you to explore all options.

How to Apply

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Step 3

Fill out your paperwork and get started

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