MN Employment Center

Career solutions for Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing communities.

The MEC team works with Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard-of-Hearing clients of all employment backgrounds to find them the best jobs.

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Benefits of working with MEC

MEC is here to unlock your potential, from your first job search to ongoing job coaching and support when you need it.

  • Resume and cover letter development
  • Job searches and contacting potential employers
  • Interviews, job shadowing and company tours
  • Job customization and support to fit your needs
  • Employer training and communications setup
  • Ongoing job coaching and training to help grow your skills

Latest News

Dustin Trudeau


When Dustin Trudeau was diagnosed with a brain tumor at only 19 months old, doctors gave his mother Karen little hope for his recovery. Life-saving chemotherapy and radiation treatments left Dustin deaf in both ears and with a learning disability

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About Us

Minnesota Employment Center (MEC) is a program that provides career solutions and customized support for the Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard-of-Hearing communities in MN. MEC is a collaboration between Rise Incorporated and Lifetrack, with support from the State of Minnesota.

Our Partners

We work with businesses across Minnesota, from offices to manufacturers to retailers, to find career solutions for Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard-of-Hearing people. Our team members work to find opportunities for the people we serve to find a good job, grow as a professional and flourish in their communities.

Community Partnerships

Business Partnerships

    Blue Cross Blue Shield

    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota knows that Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard-of-Hearing employees can deliver strong results every day. Senior data operator Sue regularly outperforms her work goals and is a key member of Blue Cross’s team. MEC helped with her new job training and with establishing communication systems with coworkers, along with consistent follow-up to ensure success in her job.

    Home Depot

    We take pride in working with employers to find solutions for every employee. Yoonis, who is still learning ASL, immigrated from Somalia in 2000 and is now working as a cashier at Home Depot. His MEC Occupational Communication Specialist (OCS) developed a detailed cashier training book for Yoonis, complete with step-by-step instructions and illustrations. With Yoonis’s success, MEC and Home Depot can re-use the customized training book with others hired as cashiers.

    T.J. Maxx

    A store can’t run without a well-organized inventory, and Trang, Bao and Asho are invaluable for store operations at T.J. Maxx. They worked with MEC to find positions at the store and develop a communications system with staff. Now they process, tag, hang, and prepare clothing for the store floor from their individual work stations in the backroom. MEC also proudly helped Asho obtain American citizenship and we continue to follow up on their progress.

Contact Us Today

No matter what your work history, areas of expertise or job interests are, MEC will work with you to grow and develop a career that works for you. Contact us to learn more and get started.

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Minnesota Employment Center (MEC)

For People Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
C/O Lifetrack Resources


709 University Avenue West
Saint Paul, MN 55104 (View Map)

Phone & Fax


MEC - Greater Minnesota Offices

Northeastern Region:

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

Southern Region:

421 Central Avenue North, #400, Faribault, MN 55021
VP: 507-380-5721

Northwestern Region:

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

West Central Region:

400 1st St. South, #600, St. Cloud, MN 56301
VP: 320-200-4975