Training center prepares for August launch

building-4th-and-grandDowntown Joplin is the home to a new training center slated to open by August in time for the Fall semester of Crowder College. The Advanced Training and Technology Center will also house an expanded business incubator for the nearby Newman Innovation Center along with offices for the Workforce Innovation Board.

Employers, educators, and workforce/economic development stakeholders got a preview of efforts underway at the new center with Joplin’s first meeting of the Tech44, held February 24th at the Joplin Chamber. Employers across the region are adding more jobs with more in-depth skills. The new training center helps keep up with demand by expanding the space available to train in specialized classrooms and labs in areas like welding, advanced manufacturing, information technology, and community health.  Pictured below, project organizers earmarked space for initial programs and offices.

The Spring Advisory meeting for Crowder College’s Technology Education Center March 31st includes a tour of the developments underway at the center at 5:30.  A dinner with focus groups of employers will follow at 6:30 back at the Joplin Chamber of Commerce next door to the center.  The focus groups plan to dig deeper on skill needs for the sectors of information technology, advanced manufacturing, and healthcare.  Reservations are required and RSVPs may be sent by email to lisa@joplincc.com.

The Chamber’s First Friday Coffee event also happens at the new training center on Friday, April 1st from 7:30 to 8:30.  This networking event is sponsored by the Chamber Foundation, Crowder College, and the Joplin Metro Credit Union.  Reservations may be made online through the Chamber at joplincc.com.

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