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Center-Based Employment

Center-Based Employment – known as CBE in Rochester and Woodland Industries in Caledonia – are CARF-accredited work programs for a person with disabilities that limits his or her work opportunities. Participants in this program may be working toward job-readiness in the community or they may simply be adding to their existing skills. 

The goal of a participant in one of these programs is to discover his or her “best fit” jobs-wise, and do the work required to get there in applicable, real-world situations.

Participants in this program range from moderately/fairly independent to very independent– they are responsible for their own transportation and attendance.  Many structured work areas make up these programs, and each area provides new and different work opportunities. New opportunities mean new challenges for participants, but they also mean new skills will be learned and mastered.

  Bev Sewing Some of our Center-Based work includes:
  • Insert images/sealer
  • Computer Refurbishing
  • Commercial Sewing
  • Document Scanning
  • Computer Graphics
  • Data Entry
  • Bulk Mailing
  • Box Assembly
  • Packaging and Shipping
  • Shrink-wrapping and Auto-bagging
  • Kit-building
  • Laminating
  • Laser Engraving 

These programs offer a variety of supportive work settings, individualized program planning, work behavior development and skill building. 

As with all of ABC’s programs, Center-Based Employment is staffed by professionals dedicated to a person-centered, team-based approach to ensure continued success. Each participant’s team may include family, guardians, a social worker, medical or mental health providers, residential staff, an ABC Job Coach and Program Coordinator, and most importantly, the clients themselves.

Rochester, MN Contact:

Sarah Timmerman
Phone: (507) 535-7137

Woodland Industries in Caledonia, MN Contact:

Judy Johnson
Phone: (507) 725-2092


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