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MEC and ThinkSelf Partnership

A new partnership between the Minnesota Employment Center (MEC) and ThinkSelf will expand services for Minnesota’s Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing communities.

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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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Gretchen DelFratte

St. Cloud Hospital

Having worked in the electronic publishing and graphic design field for many years, Gretchen DelFratte, made the tough decision to pursue a new career in the medical field.

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Diane Blashill

Arc Value Village

In the back room of Arc’s Value Village in St. Paul where donated goods are prepared for the retail floor, you will find Diane Blashill hard at work sorting and price-tagging merchandise.

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Bruce Hixon

JEM Technical

Having successfully worked as a machinist since 1977, Bruce Hixon has worked hard over the years to build his career despite fluctuations in the manufacturing climate.

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Peter Fettig


Peter was one of the first people to receive job placement services from the MEC when it started in 1996. Over the past 20 years, MEC team members have assisted Peter with developing his career plan, finding good jobs in the community, job coaching, and follow-up support services to help ensure his continued successes.

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