A trial state employment work program for people with disabilities
3/19/2018 10:00:26 AM
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In October 2016, Governor Mark Dayton announced the Connect 700 Program (abbreviated C700). The C700 Program is a pre-probationary trial work program that allows eligible individuals with disabilities the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to perform a specific job through C700 for up to 700 hours. C700 employees will receive wages that fit the pay scale for their job but will not receive full benefits.
If the C700 employee is successful at their job, they can then enter the probationary status typical for all new state employees (including benefits).
If the hiring manager is impressed during the C700 employee's first 30 days then they can decide to advance the employee to probationary status any time after the employee’s first 30 days. (Hiring managers can work with Human Resources to advance the C700 employee earlier than 30 days if they are really impressed with the employee.)
If the C700 employee does not satisfactorily do their job, they might lose the job.
When the employee completes probation, he or she becomes an official state employee.
To be eligible for the Connect 700 program, individuals must:
Interested individuals can find the application form at the Minnesota Careers website.
If you are an individual with a disability and you have a Proof of Eligibility Certificate, the next step is to look for a job that matches your skills and interests. The application process is simple.
Special thanks to the members of the advisory committee who have worked carefully together along with Minnesota Management & Budget staff to ensure the success of the Connect 700 program. They are:
At the time of this video’s release, these are the numbers for individuals with disabilities who gain state employment through Connect 700.
MNCDHH wants to see the numbers improve. We waited to promote the program until we were confident that there were systems in place that support people who are deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing. Most hiring managers haven’t had experience working with people with disabilities, including people who are deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing. MNCDHH led efforts to develop a guide for hiring managers that explains what they should do to make sure the work environment is accessible and welcoming. This guide has now been distributed to state hiring managers by Minnesota Management & Budget.
If you are interested in state employment, applying for a Proof of Eligibility Certificate, and participating in the Connect 700 program, visit MN Careers Connect 700 page.