In 1995, the Occupational Development Center, Inc. (ODC, Inc.), a non-profit organization specializing in providing quality work opportunities for individuals with developmental and other employment barriers, hired Mike White as Production Coordinator for their Hibbing, Minn. location. 20 years later White is proud to still be working for a company that provides individuals with a variety of self-worth opportunities.
“I believe everyone needs a purpose in life, including those less fortunate due to a disability,” White said. “ODC provides structure and purpose to many individuals who otherwise may not have that opportunity.”
White, who graduated with a Social Work and Psychology Degree from St. Cloud University in 1972, has worked a variety of production management jobs throughout his career, all of which he believes have helped him with his success as the Vice President of Operations at ODC, Inc.
After opening its doors in 1971 as a small sheltered workshop, ODC, Inc. has grown to be a thriving nonprofit with ten divisions and three outreach locations in northern Minnesota. ODC, Inc.’s mission may be simple, but it is vital to helping its area communities grow. Its mission is: “To develop the skills of individuals with disabilities by providing opportunities for suitable, sustainable employment that result in greater independence.”
Work opportunities within their facilities are varied; from the manufacturing of products and subcontracts to placing consumers into community employment. ODC, Inc. has worked successfully with dozens of companies, such as LaValley Industries, Aramark, Arctic Cat and Polaris in northern Minnesota, to provide quality employees, quality products, and quality services. White hopes to continue providing the same standard of quality work opportunities and business solutions in the years to follow at ODC, Inc.
“I envision ODC providing opportunities for all , opportunities we never envisioned being able to provide 20 years ago, no matter the individuals level of capability”, said White. “I invasion a dedicated staff operating as a cohesive team, sharing expertise without fear or apprehension.”
Congratulations Mike on 20 years of dedicated service to ODC, Inc.