DHS partners with counties, tribes, providers, consumer groups, advocacy organizations and other partners in human services to address Minnesotans' needs.
The Minnesota Employment Learning Community is a group of people working to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. It started in September 2014 and is a joint effort between the Minnesota departments of Human Services, Employment and Economic Development and Education.
We want better employment outcomes for people with disabilities. This includes earning at least minimum wage and working in a job alongside people without disabilities.
We talk about this as “competitive, integrated employment.” During the course of this work, the Minnesota Employment Learning Community will:
The Employment Learning Community seeks diversity in its membership. Participants come from various cultural and ethnic communities. Participants for this learning community may include:
This year, we specifically seek new members who either:
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Employment Learning Community, please complete the MN Employment Learning Community Application, DHS-6936 (PDF). The form includes instructions how to submit (mail or fax) the application. As terms of current members open up, the group will consider additional applications.
Support to prepare for and attend meetings is available to you if the Employment Learning Community selects you to participate in this group.
If you require help to complete this form, please contact the DSD Response Center at email@example.com or 651-431-4300.
Terms of the membership are one or two years. There is a maximum of three years of participation allowed.Time commitment
Participating in the Employment Learning Community will involve approximately four hours per month:
The Employment Learning Community is a voluntary group. No financial compensation for membership or travel is providedGreater Minnesota 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.
More information about what “integrated, competitive employment” or “Employment First” means, is available on the Minnesota's Olmstead Plan website.