A non-profit serving people with
Disabilities in Minnesota and North Dakota.

SERVING People with Disabilities since 1972
VOCATIONAL MINNESOTA

Connections offers employment support service options to assist individuals in finding and maintaining employment in the community. With all services, Connections provides on-going support and a contact person for communication and advocacy. Connections clients are employed at a variety of businesses in the Fargo/Moorhead area. A CARF International Three-Year Accreditation was awarded to Connections of Moorhead, Inc. in July 2014 for Community Employment Services: Employment Supports  and Job Development. 

Enclave

  • The enclave service offers employment opportunities with a team approach at businesses in the Fargo-Moorhead area.
  • An enclave is a combination of two to five individuals who fill one position at a job site.
  • A job coach is at the job site at all times to ensure quality of work, attendance, productivity and quality standards.
  • Enclave individuals are paid by Connections on a monthly basis according to their time study results and hours worked in accordance with the Department of Labor standards.
  • Connections provides transportation to and from work to all enclave individuals.

Supported Employment

This option allows an individual to be directly hired by a business, but Connections provides a job coach to support the individual on the job daily to maintain successful employment.

  • Connections Placement Specialist will assist with finding a job by filling out applications, building a resume and sitting in on interviews.
  • The individual is paid by the business and follows all of the business's regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • A job coach provides transportation to and from work.

Direct Hire

Through our direct hire service, a business hires an individual that receives services through Connections. The individual will receive initial job coaching as needed. In time, the job coach will fade out, but Connections will continue with regular follow up including weekly to monthly site visits.

  • Connections Placement Specialist will assist with finding a job by filling out applications, building a resume and sitting in on interviews
  • Once an individual is hired, the Placement Specialist will assist with initial paperwork and attend his or her job training.
  • The individual is paid by the business and follows all of the business's regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • The Placement Specialist will job coach the individual at their new job until he or she is comfortable with working on their own.
  • Transportation is not provided for this option. Connections will assist those who need training to ride the city bus and provide them with a route they can follow or assist with finding other transportation alternatives.

Help with the Workforce Transition

  • Connections can help an individual transition into the workforce, whether it is to find his/her first job or to assist with seeking out new employment opportunities.
  • Connections can become a part of the team while an individual is still in high school by attending Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings and getting to know the individual's wants and needs.
  • Our services also assist individuals who have been away from the workforce for some time and are again interested in finding employment.

Assessment Process

  • Individuals may be approved for assessment funds and the assessment process is where specific needs are evaluated before a regular work schedule begins.
  • Typically an individual will work with Connections for four weeks, having the opportunity to experience various work sites.
  • During this time an individual will have the support of a 1:1 job coach who will provide training, evaluate areas of need, as well as provide transportation to and from the work site.
  • After the assessment period, the individual and his/her team will meet to discuss likes, dislikes, strengths, areas of need and ultimately appropriate program placement.
  • Once program placement is decided, the individual and his/her team will be assigned a supervisor who will act as the regular contact person at Connections.
  • The individual is paid for the work they complete at each work site during the assessment process.

 

 

 

Notifying the Public of Rights under Title VI

Connections

·         Connections operates its programs and services without regard to race, color, and national origin in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. Any person who believes she or he has been aggrieved by any unlawful discriminatory practice under Title VI may file a complaint with Connections.

·         For more information on the Connections civil rights program, and the procedures to file a complaint, contact Chris Schulz 701-532-1145 extension 31; email cschulz@connections.services.  For more information, visit www.connections.service vocational department.

·         A complainant may file a complaint directly with MnDOT by filing a complaint with the office of Civil Rights, Attention:

Title VI Specialist, Minnesota Department of Transportation, Office of Civil Rights, Mail Stop 170, 395 John Ireland Blvd.,

St. Paul, Minnesota 55155-1899. Phone: 651-366-3322

Fax: 651-366-3129.

·         A complainant may file a complaint directly with the Federal Transit Administration by filing a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights, Attention: Title VI Program Coordinator, East Building, 5th Floor-TCR, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20590

·         If information is needed in another format or language, contact Chris Schulz at 701-532-1145 extension 31.

 

  • Connections
  • 550 13th Ave. E.
  • West Fargo, ND 58078
  • Phone: (701) 532-1145
  • Fax: (701) 532-2128
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