Recent News

  • Temporary site closures as precautionary measure

    March 31, 2020
    An illustration of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 disease. Image courtesy CDC/ Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS The Occupational Development Center will be temporarily closing work activity centers in accordance with CDC and state guidelines pertaining to the COVID-19 crisis. This is for the health and safety of the populations we serve. We are prepared to ... Read more
  • Employment success showers April in self assurance

    February 19, 2020
    April takes a minute from her duties at River Bend Resort to talk about work. Celebrating the recent success of one of our people served! Seven years ago, April Bergeson started utilizing the employment skills and placement services provided by ODC in Baudette. During this time, April has made tremendous progress in pursuing her employment goals ... Read more
  • A well-deserved retirement for Pauline!

    January 10, 2020
    Our Grand Rapids division held a retirement party in December for longtime employee, Pauline Saccoman. Pauline started at ODC in 1975. Over the course of her 44-year career, she worked in a variety of jobs that she tackled with diligence and dedication. Most recently, she was involved in the HTC program assembling taconite sample bags, packaging ... Read more
  • Celebrating two recent promotions in TRF and Warren!

    December 6, 2019
    Janelle Fick: Employment Specialist for TRF and Warren Janelle Fick and Becca Strand step up into extended community roles We delighted to announce two recent staff promotions and soon-to-be familiar faces in the community. Janelle Fick has been promoted to Employment Specialist, a position that is shared between ODC’s TRF and Warren divisions. She will play a more ... Read more
  • ODC to Participate in 11th Annual Give to the Max Day on November 14

    November 7, 2019
    ODC person served, Patrick, discusses the positive effects of his job during a shift at his workplace. Kicking off the giving season to raise funds and awareness for inclusive workplaces We are happy to announce we are partnering with nonprofit organization GiveMN to participate in Give to the Max Day, Minnesota’s homegrown giving holiday, on Thursday, Nov. ... Read more
  • Promotion for longtime staff member!

    November 5, 2019
    Stacy McCollum Stacy McCollum takes on role of Program Specialist We are excited to announce the recent promotion of Stacy McCollum to Program Specialist. This role includes program oversight for both our Thief River Falls and Crookston locations. Stacy has nearly 20 years experience working with people with disabilities, 16 of which have been with ODC performing in ... Read more
  • National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month

    October 8, 2019
    People with disabilities have an important role in the success of America’s economy. As a nonprofit organization that specializes in providing employment opportunities to individuals with disabilities, Occupational Development Center (ODC) is celebrating National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) by sharing our background and understanding of what this means for our staff, persons served, and partners. The ... Read more
  • Minnesota Manufacturing

    October 1, 2019
    Manufacturing an important part of Greater Minnesota’s economy. Throughout the month of October, tours are taking place across the state in celebration of Minnesota Manufacturing. We would like to highlight the contributions of our production divisions to Minnesota’s manufacturing industry by providing tours of our production facilities in Bemidji, Buhl, and Roseau. Bemidji: October 10th, 12:30-2:00pm Buhl: October ... Read more
  • International Falls Division Welcomes New Program Specialist

    September 27, 2019
    MaryBeth Gibson, Program Specialist MaryBeth Gibson to lead and mentor International Falls program staff. We are delighted to announce MaryBeth Gibson as International Falls division’s new Program Specialist. With a degree in Business Administration Management and over 18 years experience in various performance, training and development, and operations management positions, Gibson brings her experience and passion to ODC ... Read more
  • Bemidji announces new Program Specialist

    September 11, 2019
    Program Specialist Rebecca May We are delighted to have Rebecca May joining our Bemidji division as Program Specialist! May possesses a Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work from Bemidji State University along with graduate work in counseling psychology. She has presented research completed on inclusive/exclusive communities in Croatia and has developed innovative approaches in the delivery of ... Read more