Dawson Moder’s first job after college was working in Bayport’s window plant, joining his brother, as mulling operators. Dawson had played football as a defensive back and graduated from the prestigious Gallaudet University, the only university in North America specifically dedicated to Deaf and hard of hearing individuals.
A timely internship with Keystone Interpreting Solutions presented opportunities for Dawson to create training and informational videos about COVID-safety protocols and vaccination availability for Gov. Tim Walz’s office and the State of Minnesota, using American Sign Language (ASL). By the end of the internship, Dawson had an entire portfolio of training videos and a stronger resume. However, as the COVID-19 pandemic continued, Dawson said he needed a well-paying job and found it with Andersen.
What he found at Andersen was a supportive, safe, and welcoming workplace and Dawson was quickly able to feel at home on the production floor. He shared his positive experience working in the manufacturing plant with other people in his network who were looking for jobs and they too joined Andersen.
According to Communication Service for the Deaf, 70 percent of Deaf people are unemployed or underemployed, meaning they are involuntarily working part-time or are overqualified for their current position.