Ashely Powell is building awareness with new community partners.
I-FALLS / BAUDETTE, MINN. — JAN. 2022 —
The Occupational Development Center announces the advancement of a longtime team member!
Ashley Powell has recently shifted into a new role as Employment Specialist serving both the International Falls and Baudette communities.
Starting as a part time job coach in May of 2019, Ashley quickly discovered that raising a son with disabilities has given her the patience needed to fully embrace the larger roles, as an employment specialist.
“I have loved this job since I started as a job coach and knew this is where I wanted to be.” Ashley said. “Making a difference in our clients lives and helping them grow in our community puts meaning in my life.
The Employment Specialist position is the front face of the ODC Division. Ashley is the first point of contact for employers and the individuals looking for employment. She must put the needs of her clients first to make sure every job placement is a success. “I look forward to getting to know my clients on a more personal level and getting to know the people in the community who are employing our clients.” Ashley said.
Born and raised in northern MN, Ashley has a lifelong connection to the community. “I’m hoping to create new job opportunities for our clients in different fields of work,” said Ashley. Serving her community is the only way to ensure it’s a wonderful place to raise her family in.
Since being employed by ODC, Ashley’s eyes have been opened and she has been inspired by the ODC mission to serve those with disabilities and to also make her community aware of these Individuals and all they have to offer to the community. “No Individual no matter their perceived abilities, should be excluded from serving their community,” Ashley said.
ODC is a nonprofit organization specializing in offering employment training and support for populations of individuals with diverse disabilities and vocational needs. Working in partnership with community businesses, ODC helps provide options for inclusive and sustainable employment that results in greater independence. Learn more at odcmn.org.