The National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) continues to gain momentum as a standard of choice for decision-makers to judge work readiness of specific locations targeted for commercial investment and job growth. NCRC is now one of six criteria in a new state-by-state comparison called Rankings that Matter. Published recently by Site Selection magazine, the scores include Read More
The 2014 Heartland Workforce Summit is set for May 9th in Joplin. Don’t miss this highly-regarded gathering of thought leaders in workforce training and employment. Location and agenda details will be posted online in early April to workforcesummit.net.
A groundbreaking program to put Missouri students on a fast-track to jobs in high-demand fields, without taking on debt, took a big step forward in Joplin today, Gov. Jay Nixon announced. The Governor joined representatives of the Joplin Innovation Campus, including Missouri Southern State University, Crowder College, Joplin Schools and the Joplin Area Chamber of Read More
A special summit May 22nd seeks to bring together supporting employers across the Show-Me State that endorse the National Career Readiness Certificate and Missouri Certified Work Ready Communities. The Employer Summit helps equip Missouri firms to hire the right people for the job, save dollars in training, and increase productivity. The 10:00 to 2:00 summit Read More
With all the buzz about drops in the local unemployment rates, it’s helpful to look deeper at those working temp jobs, part-time jobs, or are under-employed. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics releases monthly figures on unemployment for the nation, states, MSAs and counties. What people may not know is that in addition to the officially Read More
Joplin’s growth in restaurant establishments is one of several drivers of lower unemployment in the metro area. KOAM-TV interviewed Jasen Jones of the Workforce Investment Board for insights into the hospitality sector and what career opportunities might be available. The Joplin Metro (Jasper and Newton Counties combined) experienced a drop in unemployment from 6.0% in Read More
A new pilot program through VOICES helps youth earn a paycheck while pursuing their High School Equivalency (HSE, formally known as GED). Scholars at Work overcomes one of the greatest challenges youth face in meeting a career goal – how to pay the bills while taking time off for school. Through stipends to take care Read More
Wednesday’s PBS NewHour aired an extended featured on the National Career Readiness and the NCRC’s role in preparing students for the workforce. For American industry, finding employees who have all the requisite skills is a big challenge, and hiring people who don’t stack up can cost businesses a great deal of money. Special correspondent John Tulenko Read More