Minnesota Employment Center

The Minnesota Employment Center (MEC) for People Who are Deaf, DeafBlind, or Hard of Hearing provides comprehensive employment and job placement services which enable people to achieve their career goals, increase their self-sufficiency, and lead self-determined lives in the community.

MEC expanded its services beyond the Twin Cities metropolitan area to Greater Minnesota with offices in Duluth, Faribault, St. Cloud, and Moorhead. Here is a video which gives additional information.


Job Placement

MEC assists people who are Deaf, DeafBlind, 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


Job Coaching

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


Job Retention and Job Advancement

  • 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 and Greater Minnesota, including retail stores, child care centers, restaurants, manufacturing businesses, offices, and hospitality venues.

For more information, contact

Sheila Ritter at 651-265-2429 or 651-998-8660(VP)
Email: sritter@rise.org

MEC c/o Lifetrack Resources, Inc.
709 University Avenue
St. Paul, Minnesota 55104
651-265-2415 (V)
651-298-0181 (VP/TTY)

MEC - Greater Minnesota Offices (4 locations)

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

Southern Region:
421 Central Avenue North, #400
Faribault, Minnesota 55021
VP: 507-380-5721

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

West Central Region:
400 1st St. South, #600
St. Cloud, Minnesota 56301
VP: 320-200-4975

For information regarding MEC's expansion into Greater Minnesota, please view this video.