With that in mind, Ernest Wiafe’s business law students sought to help clients of Opportunity Partners with their own job searches as part of a Minnesota School of Business-Plymouth (MSB) service learning project.
Opportunity Partners is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Minnetonka, Minn., that serves more than 1,700 people with physical and mental disabilities.
Seven MSB-Plymouth students paired up with Opportunity Partners clients in a job readiness class. The MSB students helped with individual job searches and applications for clients.
“Our goal of the visit was for the students to utilize their classroom learning skills, specifically with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and transform that into practical use by serving the public through volunteering.”
MSB students spent classroom time with each individual client to assess possible places of employment and positions that aligned with client goals. Students then helped clients find jobs and guided them through online job application steps.
“I thought it was definitely an enriching experience,” MSB student Keith Winterhalter said. “It was interesting learning and working with [Opportunity Partners clients]. I really felt like we were all able to work well together and it felt pretty good [to help out].”
Opportunity Partners was founded in 1953 and is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. They offer a multitude of services for those with physical and mental disabilities including job searching and readiness, skills training and independent living skills at multiple locations across the Twin Cities.