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Minnesota Employment Learning Community

Learning communities, sometime referred to as communities of practice, are groups of people who share a passion on a particular issue or topic that they know how to do and who work together to learn how to do it better. 

  • What is the Minnesota Employment Learning Community?

    The Minnesota Employment Learning Community is a group of people working to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities.  These outcomes include earning at least minimum wage and working in a job alongside people without disabilities.  

    We talk about this as “integrated, competitive employment”.  During the course of this work, the Minnesota Employment Learning Community will:

    • Identify promising practices, approaches and partnerships that lead to people having these employment outcomes
    • Discuss ways that Minnesota can adopt Employment First principles and support people who choose to work get jobs.  
  • How do I participate in this group?

    The Minnesota Employment Learning Community is seeking additional members for the 2014-15 school year, to focus on employment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities ages 14 to 26.

    Participants will be individuals with disabilities and family members, or from organizations that support integrated, competitive employment outcomes for people with disabilities.  Typical participants for this learning community will be:

    • People with disabilities and their families
    • Community non-profit organization representatives 
    • Research and training institution representatives
    • State and local social services agency representatives

    If you are interested in becoming a member of the Employment Learning Community and work together to achieve employment for people with disabilities, please complete the Statement of Interest Form. The form includes instructions how to submit (mail or fax) the application. Applications are due no later than Wednesday, July 16, 2014.

    Available assistance

    Support to prepare for and attend meetings is available to you if you are selected to participate in this group.

    If you require help to complete this form, please contact Bekah Satre at Bekah.satre@state.mn.us or 651-431-5783. 

  • What is involved if I am chosen to participate in this group?

    Terms of the membership are one- or two-year terms. There is a maximum of three years of participation allowed.

    Time commitment

    Participating in the Employment Learning Community will involve approximately 4 hours per month:

    • Monthly 3-hour meetings in Roseville Minnesota
    • Personal time spent between meetings to read and prepare information to share with the group

    Outstate members

    Members who do not live in the metro area will be able to join the meetings by phone. More information will be made available at a later date.

  • How can I find more information?

    If you have questions, please contact Andrea Zuber at 651-431-2430 or andrea.zuber@state.mn.us

    More information about what “integrated, competitive employment” or “Employment First” means, is available on the Minnesota's Olmstead Plan website


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