New Building Allows Udac to Expand Programs

Baihly Warfield
Updated: July 09, 2019 07:45 PM

DULUTH, Minn. - The building that once housed Duluth Business University now is a space for a different kind of business learning. 

Udac purchased the building in 2018, thanks to a $3 million donation from Joe and Nancy Bullyan. 

Monday, Udac officially cut the ribbon and celebrated the new campus, which allows them to spread out and offer more services.

"This building allows us to do skill building in every capacity, from computer technology to sensory to health and wellness and provide the type of environment where people can thrive and learn and translate those skills into the community," Executive Director Karen Herman said.

Udac helps create job and social opportunities for people with disabilities. They are celebrating 50 years of service this year.

They moved over from the old location in November 2018. The new spot is on Mike Colalillo Drive near the West Duluth Menards. Some of the new services offered there include technology coaching. 

"People cannot even apply for a job today without using technology and computers, so this has given us the infrastructure and the tools to make that possible as well," Herman said. 

Computers and technology were donated by Global Ewaste, a company out of Plymouth, Minn. 

There are also rooms for sensory relief, health and wellness, arts and other classrooms and new offices. 

"What we're seeing is remarkable in that people are choosing the programming that they want every day. They have a menu of options in terms of what kinds of programs they'd like to participate in, what kinds of educational things they'd like to do," Herman explained.

One client, Kevin Miller, says he has learned about shredding there and likes the people and the staff. He said the new building has been great. 

"It's a lot more accessible for handicapped people than what the other one was," Miller said. And we got an elevator."

Another client said it has been "transformational," and everybody seems happier there. 

Joe Bullyan said he and his wife, Nancy, are thankful and honored to be a part of it. 

Herman encouraged any businesses struggling with finding the workforce for certain jobs to call Udac and see if there is a partnership to be created.


Baihly Warfield

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