Recent News

  • 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
  • ODC Welcomes New Board Members

    March 7, 2019
    Appointees hope to bring valuable perspective and experience to organization THIEF RIVER FALLS, MINN. — The Occupational Development Center (ODC) is delighted to welcome Shane Zutz and Edward Turn as new board members for 2019. Shane Zutz Having spent 20 years in education prior to his current role as Vice President of Human Resources at Digi-Key Electronics in ... Read more
  • Havenwood Care Center honors ODC client

    November 6, 2018
    We are very happy to recognize the achievements of one of our persons served! During Food Service Week in early October, ODC client Karen was recognized for her hard work and dedication with a plaque from Havenwood Care Center in Bemidji. The plaque—which reads “Success begins with Karen – You are the KEY to our ... Read more
  • AmericInn Roseau named Outstanding Disability Employer by MOHR

    October 26, 2018
    Valuable partnership with Occupational Development Center recognized by state disability organization as model for other employers; award presentation set for October 30 at 10:30 AM Nominated by Occupational Development Center, the AmericInn hotel in Roseau was named an Outstanding Disability Employer by the Minnesota Organization for Habilitation and Rehabilitation, MOHR, during National Disability Employment Awareness Month ... Read more
  • Occupational Development Center grateful to community businesses that support disabilities employment

    October 1, 2018
    In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month this October, the Occupational Development Center (ODC) would like to thank local businesses in each of the 11 communities the nonprofit organization serves across northern Minnesota. “ODC would like to thank all of our local businesses in Baudette, Bemidji, Buhl, Crookston, Grand Rapids, Hibbing, International Falls, Roseau, Thief ... Read more
  • Recognizing our Direct Support Professionals

    September 5, 2018
    To recognize the accomplishments and contributions made by direct support professionals to the lives of people with disabilities, the Occupational Development Center (ODC) and the Minnesota Organization for Habilitation and Rehabilitation (MOHR) support Direct Support Professional (DSP) Week, Sept.9-15, 2018. “Direct support professionals are at the core of our mission, helping people with disabilities to live ... Read more
  • ODC recognizes National Direct Support Professionals Week Sept. 10-17

    September 12, 2017
    Human service professionals are crucial to supporting people with disabilities in the community. To recognize the accomplishments and contributions made by direct support professionals to people with disabilities, ODC in northern Minnesota and the Minnesota Organization for Habilitation and Rehabilitation are supporting Direct Support Professional Week, September 10 to 16. “Direct support professionals are truly needed by ... Read more
  • Focusing on Ability – Ben

    February 15, 2017
    Ben Wille joined the IPS Supported Employment program in late 2014. Ben was new to the area and he did not have huge expectations for employment. He just wanted a job in the community that had structure and predictability. Ben wanted a job that was predictable so that he could get into a routine on ... Read more
  • Inclusion Works-Celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month

    October 10, 2016
    This October, ODC is once again celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Recognition of Disability Employment embodies the very mission of our organization. When individuals with disabilities are placed at a business, it creates opportunities for suitable, sustainable employment; which in turn results in greater independence. This nationwide campaign celebrates the skills and talents of ... Read more
  • Success! – Harvey’s Story

    September 20, 2016
    “Music is his thing.” said Harvey’s mother. And it all began in the 3rd grade when Harvey started playing the piano. In 9th grade, he began to accompany the school choir, which he still continues to do to this day. Harvey has been involved with many different aspects of the Baudette community’s arts and music. He ... Read more