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State grants to help the deaf and hard of hearing with job training

The state Department of Employment and Economic Development is giving $500,000 each to two Twin Cities agencies that with people who are deaf, hard of hearing or deaf/blind.

The funding for education and job training was authorized by the Legislature and can be renewed if goals are met.

The grants go to:

  • Minnesota Employment Center for People Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing to provide ongoing employment services statewide. 
  • VECTOR Program, managed by Independent School District 287 in Brooklyn Park, to provide school-based communication, access and employment services.

Officials say the 22-year-old Minnesota Employment Center for People Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing provides free on-the-job training and works with employers and employees for successful job placements.

The VECTOR Program provides transition services to young adults  with disabilities as they progress from school to living and working as independently as possible.

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