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Programs & Services

Person-centered programs and services are available through Industries, Inc. to address individual needs and desires. As a community leader in providing job opportunities for people with disabilities and other challenges, Industries assists individuals in becoming as independent in their communities as possible. 

The programs and services are licensed by the Minnesota Department of Human Services or are CARF accredited. They fall into five levels of work activity: Vocational Assessment, Work Adjustment Training, Center- Based Employment, Supported Employment and Individual Placement & Retention.

 

Vocational Service Programs

Center-Based Employment
A variety of day program activities, job training and skills development.

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Center-Based Employment includes on-site contract work for income producing employment, job training, skills development and a place for learning appropriate work behavior. Individuals in this program may be working toward job-readiness in the community or they may be working on improving existing skills. It also serves the purpose of providing a structured employment environment which allows individuals to learn skills in ‘real-work’ situations.

Industries, Inc. employees produce quality work on jobs such as:
• Assembly
• Packaging
• Bagging
• Heat sealing
• Tear strip
• Collating/sorting/stapling
• Shredding
• Inserting
• Labeling
• Shrink wrapping

Large workshop, skid storage, quick turnaround, competitive pricing, tight quality control, dependable trained workers, 12 pallet straight truck for pick-up and delivery.


Individual Placement & Retention
Placement Services guides talented individuals through the process of resumes, applications, interviewing and provides the support an individual may need to become independently competitive in the work place of today. Industries offers continued assistance to each individual through job coaching, counseling, skills development to assure retention and quality job performance.

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Industries, Inc. offers Placement Services to assist individuals in finding competitive employment at a sustainable wage. This service can support people seeking full or part time work. Employment Consultants work directly with each person assisting them with job search preparation and support, placement readiness and follow-up support. Once a job has been established, Industries, Inc. provides continued support and retention services and can respond quickly if needs arise unexpectedly.

This service is designed to help find and keep paid employment. Employment options vary per site and are designed to meet the outcome goals of each individual.

Services may include a combination of the following:
• Individual employment counseling
• Individualized work-related assessment
• Individual job search plan
• Job search preparation such as resume building, mock interviews
• Job search support
• Placement Readiness Group
• Long term support services for job retention
• Assistance with accommodations and adaptable work equipment


Supported Employment
Provides job opportunities within the community either independently or under the supervision of Industries, Inc. staff.

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Industries, Inc. offers Supported Employment Services (SES) to assist individuals seeking a job enhance their employability skills, explore work opportunities and find meaningful employment. Under an Industries’ Direct Service Professional, individuals are offered services ranging from job development and training to coaching and follow-up support. Once a job has been established, Industries, Inc. provides continued support and retention services and can respond quickly if needs arise unexpectedly.

This service is designed for extensive ongoing support to get and keep paid employment. The goal of this service is to help individuals with disabilities find and keep work at minimum wage or higher. Employment options vary and are designed to meet the outcome goals of each individual.

Service availability varies by site. SES services include help getting a job as well as help adapting and keeping a job.

Services for preparing for employment:
• Individual and group counseling
• Individualized work-related assessment
• Individual job development and job placement activities
• Mobility training for getting around safely, including getting to and from work
• On-the-job training in work and related work skills needed for job performance

Services once employed (including job coaching):
• Ongoing supervision and monitoring of performance
• Long term support services for job retention
• Training in the use of break and lunch areas, and other social skills important to co-worker relationships
• Training to use transportation to get to and from work
• Help figuring out reasonable accommodations and adapted work equipment to adapt work to abilities


Vocational Assessment
Vocational Assessments allow individuals an opportunity to "sample" positions for interest and ability in real business environments.

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Industries, Inc.’s vocational assessment service is designed to assist individuals exploring employment opportunities within their community. Our job placement specialists help individuals identify job strengths and interests, and help determine what types of work might be a good fit. During this period a person may try more than one job. The assessments are valuable tools used in making recommendations for future vocational development, training or accommodations.  

Community-based assessments and facility-based assessments may be used. These services are time limited and customized to each individual's personal needs.

Assessment Services include:
• Evaluation of current aptitude and how to convert or gain additional skills
• Community-based job trial - hands-on work experience at local business sites allow skills to be demonstrated and potential barriers to work exposed

Job coaching provides one-on-one training to help individuals understand job expectations.


Work-Adjustment Training
Provides job opportunities to develop job skills before gaining community employment.

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The Work Adjustment Training program offered at Industries, Inc. provides an individualized training program of vocational counseling and trial for adults with disabilities assisting them in finding and keeping a job in their community. The training and support provided are designed to assist the individual in developing interpersonal skills, work skills/habits/behaviors, functional capacities and job retention skills required to obtain and maintain employment. The short-term, time-limited program includes assistance with improving productivity, attendance, working with others and work tolerance.

Individuals in this program are looking to develop or reestablish skills and attitudes, during a supported training period, that are conducive to positive employment outcomes.


Ticket to Work
Industries, Incorporated is a certified Social Security Administration (SSA) Employment Network in the free Ticket to Work program. We help individuals who are on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SI) work in Central Minnesota. We assess job aptitudes, interests, skills; help you prepare for interviews with coaching and resumes; and support you with valuable tools and personal assistance so you can work at a job that is right for you.

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You are not alone – Industries’ Employment Consultants work with you, side by side, to help you find the right employment fit. We work with you, guiding you in the process from a place of experience and support so you are comfortable and ready for the transition.

Services Offered:
• Support
• Interest discovery
• Job search assistance
• Placement assistance
• Ongoing employment support - help to keep a job
• School to Work Transition Services
• Career consulting (portfolio prep, resume writing, interview skills)
• Career strategies (skills assessment and development, job coaching)
• Job accommodations
• Situational assessment
 
Serve people with the following types of disabilities:
• Health Conditions
• Neurological Conditions
• Mental Health Disabilities
• Developmental Disabilities
• Brain Injury or Stroke

We are currently seeking ticket holders with a disability who are serious about working their way off of federal benefits. For more information go to our Ticket to Work page.

The hours for the Center-Based Program are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There may be additional hours available as production dictates.

The Individual Placement & Retention, Supported Employment, Vocational Assessment and Work-Adjustment hours will be determined by you, your team (if applicable) and your Coordinator.

The frequency of services to be provided will be determined by you and your team.

 

Adult Day Programs

A client uses the sensory wall.

Day Training and Habilitation
Industries, Incorporated provides employment opportunities, skills training, job development and community integration on an individualized basis to adults with disabilities. These services are designed to increase each person's productivity and income level, improve the job status of the person served and increase social integration with non-disabled community members.

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Ticket to Work

Industries, Inc. is a Certified Employment Network

Is your goal financial independence?

The Ticket to Work program may be right for you. Ticket to Work is a free and voluntary Social Security program that helps people who receive disability benefits return to work or work for the first time with a goal of obtaining full time employment.

It allows you, as a Social Security disability beneficiary, to explore your options, prepare for work or gain experience, while staying in control of your benefits. You can decide what kind of work is right for you, get help to find services that are right for you and receive training and support.

When you participate in the Ticket to Work program, you work with an Employment Network (EN) or Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (VR) to reduce or eliminate your dependence on SSDI and/or SSI cash benefits and increase your income.

If you are an adult age 18 through 64 and receive disability benefits you automatically are qualified for Ticket to Work.

Click here for the Ticket to Work website (www.choosework.net).

Frequently Asked Questions (http://www.choosework.net/about/frequently-asked-questions/index.html)

Get started at Industries, Inc. by telephoning Mary Barnes at 763-689-5434 x16 or emailing her at mbarnes@industriesinc.org.

 

 

Assign Your Ticket to Industries

Industries, Incorporated is a certified Social Security Administration (SSA) Employment Network (EN) in the free Ticket to Work program. We help individuals between the ages of 18 and 64 who are on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) return to work in Central Minnesota.

You are not alone. We offer a complete support package and valuable tools that remove barriers to work including assessing job aptitudes, preparing resumes, interview skills, job placement and training.

Trained as a certified EN, our staff works diligently to find the right employment fit for you. It is our goal for you to be successful, fulfilled and satisfied with the job you ultimately decide upon. We work with you, guiding you in the process from a place of experience and support so you are comfortable and ready for the transition. 

We look forward to putting our resources to work for you!

For more information regarding how your disability benefits may be affected, go to Disability Benefits 101 (mn.db101.org) or contact a Work Incentive Connections benefits expert at 651-632-5113 or 1-800-976-6728.

For more information about Ticket to Work, go to chooseworkttw.net/about/index.html.

Get started at Industries, Inc. by telephoning Mary Barnes at 763-689-5434 x16 or emailing her at mbarnes@industriesinc.org.

 

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