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Eric has much to be proud of at the end of the day

Eric really enjoys the feeling of accomplishment when creating something with his own hands.  He learned his welding skills nine years ago when he was working at a heavy equipment manufacturing company in North Dakota.    
 
During the past three years, Eric has experienced some major obstacles which have affected his career and his personal life. He struggled with mental illness and also had a criminal conviction. As a result, he had a difficult time finding and maintaining…


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We'd like you to meet Ken Johnson

Ken Johnson is excited to put his analytical, problem-solving skills to work on different kinds of projects and help create solutions for Cummins Power Generation.
 
“My new position as a business analyst in the manufacturing supply chain is a great fit for me because it combines everything I liked about my previous contractor position with expanded duties and responsibilities,” he added.
 
A few years ago, Ken came to Rise for career planning and job placement support. He…


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We'd Like You to Meet Mikias Tilahun

Born in Ethiopia, Mikias Tilahun attended boarding school in the United Kingdom before moving to Minnesota in 2000 where he finished high school. He started work at Rise in 2003.
 
Mikias is always looking to improve his work  skills, and over the years, has held eight different jobs through Rise’s Creative Partnerships South program in area businesses. In addition to working on a wide range of jobs at Rise, he also cleans tables part-time at Poor Richards Commonhouse  restaurant in Bloomington.
 
Mikias…


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We'd Like You to Meet - Sarah Lambert

Turning Sarah Lambert’s passion – her love of four-legged animals – into a business venture has resulted in Sarah’s Cat & Doggy Daycare in Fridley. She hopes to be “your best friend’s second best friend.”

With assistance from Rise’s Employment Consultant Amber Barnes and much-appreciated support from her extended family, Sarah launched her pet-sitting service in January and is hoping to grow it in the coming months. She offers day and evening pet-sitting as well as short- and long-term boarding for cats and dogs (small to mid-sized).

“I…



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