VRS_MN Customized Employment Training

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I’m pleased to share dates for upcoming Minnesota Customized Employment (MN-CE) trainings through 2020. The MN-CE training was developed by a team of DEED-VRS & DHS MSOCS practitioners of Customized Employment that utilized the Essential Elements of Customized Employment for Universal Application as its foundation. http://www.leadcenter.org/resources/tool-manual/essential-elements-customized-employment-universal-application This is ACRE certified training.


Many of you have indicated an interest in upcoming MN-CE Training cohorts. I am pleased to share with you dates for these cohorts through 2020. The training spans 14 weeks and students will complete a CE-Discovery process with a CE-Job Seeker and start Job Development. We anticipate the cost to attend the training will be 725.00 per person.


2019 Dates:

Cohort 3:

July 9th

July 30th

August 27th

Sept 24th

October 29th and 30th


Cohort 4:

July 16th

August 6th

September 5th

October 1st

November 5th and 6th


2020 Dates:

Cohort 5 & 6

January—May 2020


Cohort 7 & 8

July – November 2020


If your organization is interested in attending the MN-CE Training, please send an email to vrs.customerservice@state.mn.us by Friday, April 26th and let us know the following:

  • Organization (CRP, LUV, School District, VRS)
  • Region (Northern, Central, Metro, Southern MN)
  • Number of attendees your agency would like to attend (Please indicate each attendee as Student or Auditor)
  • Which cohort(s) preferred


(Please note: Students are typically Placement Professionals or Work Coordinators who work directly with the CE-Job Seeker throughout the CE Discovery & Job Placement process. Auditors are typically Managers of Placement staff, VRS Counselors, RAMS or Special Education leadership).


I will be sending out a .govdelivery message in early May announcing the locations of the MN CE Training, space available for each cohort as well as key messaging regarding the MN-CE Training, reporting/invoicing for CE-Discovery services, VRS’ Competency Review process and other related topics.


Thank you,


Chris McVey, M.S., CRC

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Vocational Rehabilitation Services

First National Bank Building 332 Minnesota Street N.

Suite E-200

St. Paul, MN 55101

Direct: 651.259.7357

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