Grants awarded to programs that serve people who are deaf, hard of hearing or deaf-blind
Two Twin Cities programs that serve people who are deaf, hard of hearing or deafblind have each received $500,000 grants from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).
DEED’s Vocational Rehabilitation Services unit awarded one of the grants to the Minnesota Employment Center for People Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (MEC), a program that is managed by Spring Lake Park-based Rise Inc. and St. Paul-based Lifetrack Resources. The funding will help the program provide ongoing employment services statewide.
The second grant went to the VECTOR Program, which is managed by Independent School District 287 in Brooklyn Park. The funding will provide school-based communication, access and employment services.
The funding, which was approved by the Minnesota Legislature in the 2015 session, will run through June 30, 2016. Both grants are renewable for a second year, pending program outcomes. Vocational Rehabilitation Services will oversee the grants.
The Minnesota Employment Center for People Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing has been delivering long-term support services in the metro area for 22 years. The program provides clients with free on-the-job training and works with employers and employees for successful job placements.
The VECTOR Program (Vocational Education Community Training and Occupational Relations) provides transition services to young adults (ages 18 to 21) with disabilities as they progress from an educational setting toward living and working as independently as possible in the community.
DEED is the state’s principal economic development agency, promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, workforce development, international trade and community development. For more details about the agency and our services, visit us at http://mn.gov/deed.