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E-Connect Mentoring Program | Institute on Community Integration
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Mentor with student.E-Connect Mentoring Program, a classroom-based mentoring program to connect high school students with employees

E-Connect is...

E-Connect is a school-based mentoring program that utilizes e-mail and face-to-face meetings to connect high school students with disabilities to employees from local companies to help them develop employment skills.

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Six sets of curricula on employment related topics

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For more general information on E-Connect, visit the Overview section or download the E-Connect Overview Flyer (PDF).

How E-Connect evolved...

The Institute on Community Integration (ICI) at the University of Minnesota developed E-Connect based on Connecting to Success, an e-mentoring model previously developed at ICI.

From 2005-2011, schools, businesses, local government entities, and community service providers throughout Minnesota worked together to implement E-Connect in 29 program sites with funding from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

The ICI team provided statewide technical support for the program, enlisting mentors from 85 businesses throughout the state, and provided sustainability training to regional staff from DEED who also supported local program coordination. The established E-Connect sites continue to operate with school and business staff providing support for program sustainability.


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E-Connect was funded by the Minnesota’s Pathways to Employment (PTE) initiative, a collaboration of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, the Minnesota Department of Human Services, and the Minnesota State Council on Disability. PTE's mission is to increase competitive employment of people with disabilities and meet Minnesota’s workforce needs by bringing together people with disabilities, employers, businesses, government, and providers. Funding comes from a Competitive Employment Systems—Medicaid Infrastructure Grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The funds for this grant were authorized through the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 (P.L. 106-170).

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