Category Success Stories

Smooth Ride Operator

Throughout life all anyone ever wants is to feel welcomed and a part of a team. Figuring out how to do so can be a difficult challenge especially when you are searching for this in your employment. Christina Kempainen is an example of someone who just wanted to be accepted for whom she is at […]

A Blooming Career

Nicole has always had a passion and curiousness surrounding flowers and floral design. It all stemmed from helping grandma in the garden when she was younger. As she grew her interest grew with her, soon enough she was old enough to start seeking information of how to make her passion a money making reality.   […]

Ms. Kuehl – Keeping it Cool at Juut Salon

“Yeah I guess I have been here a long time,” Lindsey responded to her Employment Consultant, Michael, when she recently received her award for 5 years of employment at Juut Salon. If you have worked in customer service, you know that it is no small task. Walking into Juut, you will see that Lindsey makes […]

Breaking the Mold

Throughout her life, Miranda has fought to overcome limitations and pursue her personal dreams and goals. At only six months old, Miranda Wolf was expected to never walk, talk, or sit up on her own. Despite the prognosis, Miranda’s family would not let her succumb to a disability. Miranda’s family always encouraged her to develop skills […]

Smiley Joe Keely

In February of 2016 Fred Mische of Fred’s Bread in Eden Prairie had to make a difficult decision and close his doors. This decision came when he had to let his apprentice baker, Joe Keely, know that he would have to let him go because the small family owned bakery could not compete with the […]

Making “The Works” Work

“I like to think of my colleagues as a second family,” is what Aaron Myers had to say about his job at The Works in Bloomington, MN. The Works is an interactive museum that makes learning about science and engineering interesting, understandable and fun. Using hands-on activities, real tools, and everyday materials, The Works teaches […]

Working Goes a Long Way: Kie’s Proven Success at Panera Bread

  When Kierel first started at Community Involvement Programs, he had just graduated from his transition program and was looking forward to being more active in his community and to find paid work. Although he was excited for a change, Kierel’s transition from school into our program wasn’t an easy one. Kie struggled with staying […]