Recent News

  • Overcoming self-doubt: Alexandra emerges from her shell

    June 19, 2019
    Alexandra flashes her contagious smile as she goes about her work at Log Cabin Bait and Tackle near Baudette. Alexandra Schell is someone who likes to keep busy. When she first started with our Baudette division back in 2015, she was very shy and lacked confidence in her abilities – believing she wasn’t capable of performing ... Read more
  • IPS helps Isaac get back on track

    June 18, 2019
    Isaac stops for a moment next to his Greenway work truck before moving onto the next customer. He enjoys the responsibilities of his role and values being able to work independently. Working outdoors is a major perk of the job! Due to some mental health problems he experienced last year, Isaac Walski was fearful about not ... Read more
  • A little confidence goes a long way

    May 31, 2019
    Aaron Baldwin started working with our Individual Placement and Support (IPS) program in Crookston back in February. He lives with anxiety and depression but has developed his interest and skill in cooking as a way to cope with and manage stress. When he started working with ODC, Aaron was working at a convenience store but had ... Read more
  • Buhl production facility welcomes new division manager

    May 23, 2019
    Buhl operations and warehouse We are excited to announce Kacy Idso as division manager at our wood processing plant in Buhl! While at our core we are a nonprofit organization that specializes in offering employment training and support for individuals with disabilities, we also have over 40 years of experience in custom manufacturing, wood processing, cardboard and ... Read more
  • Firelites fire starters work in less-than-ideal situations

    May 22, 2019
    Choose your scenario: Returning to your campsite after a long day of hiking in the rain – and your gear is soaking Gathering with your family around the backyard firepit to share stories, watch the stars and make s’mores – but you’re short on kindling Needing to light your indoor fireplace on a cold morning – without leaving ... Read more
  • New Employment Specialist at our Roseau division!

    May 15, 2019
    We are delighted to introduce Liz Kulvik as our new Employment Specialist in Roseau! ODC is a nonprofit organization that specializes in offering employment training and support for individuals with disabilities, working with community businesses to provide options for inclusive and sustainable employment that result in greater independence. The Roseau division is located at 1194 Center ... Read more
  • ODC client retires after more than 26 years of employment

    May 8, 2019
    Missy surrounded by family while celebrating her retirement. Her mother, Rose, is at far right. After working at Havenwood Care Center in Bemidji for over 26 years, Melissa “Missy” Fagerstrom has retired from her position as a Unit Aide! A gathering was held to celebrate and recognize Missy for her years of service. It was well ... Read more
  • Grand Rapids division announces new Program Specialist

    May 5, 2019
    Warmly welcoming Rinna Waters to the ODC family! Rinna Waters We are delighted to announce Rinna Waters as our new Program Specialist in Grand Rapids (located at 401 SE 11th Street). Waters brings to ODC over 25 years of experience working with people with disabilities and older individuals and is a professionally credentialed gerontologist. In addition, she has ... Read more
  • Perseverance: Kandis proves that IPS works

    April 23, 2019
    Kandis was referred to our IPS (Individual Placement and Support) program this February. She lives with severe depression and anxiety, which has impacted her work history in a negative way. After being employed in Thief River Falls at a large electronics corporation for 13 years, Kandis made the decision to further her education, attending school and ... Read more
  • VP of Finance Mari Chambers promoted to CFO

    March 7, 2019
    Chambers will continue to lead restructuring of financial department THIEF RIVER FALLS, MINN. — The Occupational Development Center (ODC) is proud to announce the recent promotion of Mari Chambers to Chief Financial Officer. Chambers, who has been with ODC for just over a year in her role as Vice President of Finance, holds an MBA and came ... Read more