Malissia Jones uses a creative eye in her approach to assisting clients in setting and meeting their employment goals
A new employment specialist joined the team at ODC last month. Malissa Jones brings her creative problem solving to our Bemidji division to assist individuals with disabilities in pursuing independence in their employment decisions and interests.
With a B.S. in business administration from Bemidji State University, along with over five years of experience in the human services field, Malissia hopes to infuse her role with a unique blend of professional, creative, and cultural backgrounds to connect and build relationships with clients and employers.
“I’ve enjoyed helping people establish their employment and education goals in previous positions I have held in the community,” Malissia said. She looks forward to the learning opportunities that await her, already taking advantage of the comprehensive on-the-job training offered by ODC. “It’s a very supportive environment here,” she said, adding that it was one of the things that initially attracted her to this position.
An artist in her free time, Malissia seeks inspiration and pays tribute to her multicultural roots in the creation of jewelry from natural materials. “I am not only connected to this area through my Ojibwe heritage,” she said, “but also because of my German and Black cultural identity.” She is excited to be able to contribute her talents in the service of individuals with disabilities.
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, we help provide options for inclusive and sustainable employment that results in greater independence.