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Work-based learning that allows students to gain employment skills through a variety of experiences including classroom education, service learning, simulated work tasks, supported vocational experiences and competitive wage jobs. These experiences allow students to gain greater independence in work related environments preparing them to successfully transition to the next phase in their lives.

Here is a sample of the volunteer vocational work sites that students at OEC have participated at for work experience:

  • Second Harvest Heartland
  • Olympia Café
  • Annabelle House
  • Urbana Place Senior Living
  • Osseo Police Department
  • Girtz Insurance
  • CEAP 
  • Once Upon a Child
  • Red Savoy Pizza
  • Champ’s Wellness
  • D’onato’s Floral

Here are examples of employers hiring our students for paid competitive employment:

  • Chick-Fil-A
  • Raising Cane’s
  • Home Goods
  • HyVee
  • Maple Grove Community Center
  • Amazon Distribution
  • Design Ready Controls
  • Lyndee’s
  • Top Golf