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Registration Now Open for January 15th Healthcare Exposition & Hiring/Resource Event

Are you an employer, educator, or other resource interested in connecting with high school and tech center students looking for careers in the healthcare industry?  If so, you should mark your calendar for January 15th, 2018, as Mercy, Freeman Health System, and the Workforce Investment Board of Southwest Missouri will be hosting the region’s 1st Annual Healthcare Exposition & Hiring/Resource Event at MSSU’s End Zone.

The morning will feature exhibits and demonstrations from local employers and educators on various activities, followed by a hiring and resource event in the afternoon to connect interested students with hiring employers in the industry.

EMPLOYERS, please click HERE to register, or email Bubba Evansco at bubba@sectorready.org for more details.

Download the flyer HERE.

Employer Registration Open for Manufacturing Days ‘Drop Off’ Hiring Events in Joplin, Monett, and Neosho

As part of our Manufacturing Days activities this year, the Workforce Investment Board and Missouri Job Centers are putting together a special hiring event that will span all three days of Manufacturing Days.

Here’s how it works:

Work-ready job seekers interested in manufacturing will tour area manufacturing plants on: Oct. 3 in Monett/Cassville, Oct. 4 in Joplin, and Oct. 5 in Neosho.

The tours will finish up at the nearest Job Center each day, where the job seekers will be invited  to complete and submit applications and resumes for manufacturers in the area.

Workforce staff will collect all applications and resumes for your business and drop them off to you. You don’t need to attend the event (unless you want to) and there’s no cost for travel, give-aways or displays.

Want to participate? Here’s all you need to do:

First: Click the button below, which will open up an email.

Next: In the email, tell us you’d like to participate and attach a one-page sheet that has your company name/logo on it and also displays information for the job seeker, such as positions you’re hiring for, worksite location(s), and website if you’d like them to apply online. These sheets will be displayed next to your paper applications (if applicable).

Last: If you utilze a paper application, please also attach it to the email. We will make copies to have on hand.

That’s it! That’s all you have to do.

We will collect your application/resumes and contact you the following week to make arrangements to get them to you.

Questions? You may either include them in your email when you click below, or call Leslie Abram at 417-206-1717 Ext. 2107.

2018 Inclusion Award

Do you know a business or organization that has gone above and beyond to recruit, hire or retain people from minority groups?  If you answered “yes,” then you’ll want to nominate them for the first ever Southwest Missouri Inclusion Award.

The WIOA Partners Southwest Missouri Inclusion Award recognizes and honors a business or organization in Southwest Missouri that demonstrates outstanding performance of inclusion in the areas of recruiting, hiring and retaining employees as they relate to people with disabilities and other minority groups.  The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) partners strive to help individuals improve their skills and obtain and maintain employment.

A business or organization is eligible for this award if it is located in either Barry, Barton, Dade, Jasper, Lawrence, McDonald or Newton counties and hires employees directly.  There are a few other requirements, which you can check here.

The award will be presented at the third annual Inclusion Forum set for Oct. 2 at the Joplin Public Library.  The deadline to submit a nomination is Aug. 31, 2018.  To nominate a business or organization, please click here.

If you have any questions, please contact Leslie Abram at LAbram@sectorready.org or 417-206-1717 Ext. 2107, MORelay 711.

Eligibility Criteria: Click Here

To Nominate Someone: Click Here

Registration Now Open for the LUME Early Childhood Education Primer on July 10 in Carthage

Preschool teacher working with kids

The Workforce Investment Board of Southwest Missouri is partnering with the LUME Institute in St. Louis to establish a new early childhood education program for jobseekers wishing to start a new career working with children.

The training will take place on Tuesday, July 10th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at 627 W Centennial Ave in Carthage, Missouri, and will provide registrants with an orientation on the LUME Approach, culture building, and access to other LUME services as they relate to childcare training and early childhood education. LUME’S Approach is to nurture the development of children through creativity, psychodynamics, literacy, empathy, compassion and inclusiveness as based on LUME’s proven and award winning model. LUME offers systemic and comprehensive approaches to early childhood education that engage, impact, and transform communities.

Learn how to effectively promote innovative thinking, exploration, and knowledge sharing, while developing methodologies that deepen our understanding of how children learn and grow.

There is a nominal registration fee of $15, which will cover session materials, snacks, and refreshments. Please join us on July 10th to learn more about the LUME approach and the new early childhood education program area jobseekers can utilize in their search for a new career.  Please REGISTER BY CLICKING HERE.

Click here to download the flyer.

Registration Open for Internal Workplace Investigations Workshop

Registration is now open for a special human-resources related training called “The Who, What, When, Where, and Why of Internal Workplace Investigations.”  This half-day training, set for June 7 at the Joplin Public Library, is sponsored by the Workforce Investment Board of Southwest Missouri to help HR professionals, managers, supervisors, business owners and anyone who may need to conduct an internal workplace investigation.

Conducting an internal investigation can be a difficult task.  Any investigation has the potential to be costly, disruptive and time-consuming.  It also can lead to a variety of other unexpected complications if it is not conducted with the utmost care and confidentiality.

Whether it is employee misconduct, a performance problem, harassment, discrimination, theft, a workplace accident, or some other critical workplace issue, the objective of an internal investigation is to discover facts from which to make a sensible and lawful decision to help resolve the problem, and hopefully prevent it from occurring again.  Accomplishing this often depends upon the quality of the investigation that has been conducted.

This workshop will provide a framework of legal and best-practices knowledge to build the confidence, skills and techniques needed to conduct an effective investigation that is prompt, thorough and lawful.

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Gathering necessary documents for the investigation
  • Identifying the necessary parties to include
  • Tips for interviewing
  • Proper documentation to create during an investigation
  • Assessing the potential risk with the concern raised
  • Communicating with leadership regarding conclusions
  • Communicating the outcome of the investigation to the parties involved
  • Acting to prevent retaliation issues

The presenter will be Elizabeth Wente, attorney at law, with Spencer Fane, LLP in St. Louis.  For more information about the presenter or to register, click the link below.

This training program will last from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Cost is $50 and includes lunch and training materials.  There is a discount available for participants from non-profit organizations.  See online registration form for more information.

Official WIOA Plan Modification April 2018

Official WIOA Plan Modification April 2018

Consistent with the “sunshine” provisions of WIOA sec. 107(e), the Workforce Investment Board of Southwest Missouri posts the “SW WIB Local Plan Modification” for public comments.  Any public comments concerning the plan may be sent to Sherri Rhuems, Executive Director at publiccomment@sectorready.org.

New Carthage Community Center Hosts Construction Sector Hiring Event

The Job Centers in Joplin, Monett, and Neosho offer numerous pre-apprenticeship training programs in different industries, and the latest one in construction helped establish a new community center in Carthage.

Graduates of this most recent program received the work experience portion of their training during renovation of a local derelict building, thanks in large part to Catholic Charities and a number of local businesses who donated time and building materials.

A construction sector hiring event connecting the program’s graduates and other interested students with regional construction firms is scheduled from 2:00pm to 5:00pm on Wednesday, April 25th following the ribbon cutting at 137 Grant St in Carthage.

Interested employers can register for free here or call 417.380.9626 for more information.

McDonald County Earns Work Ready Community Re-Certification

McDonald County was recently re-certified by ACT as a Work Ready Community, having met its new NCRC testing, employer support, and supplemental criteria goals. The county was initially certified in May of 2016 after after its local workforce met the preliminary testing requirements of emerging, incumbent, and transitioning workers. Since then the county has met new testing goals and re-engaged and expanded its base of employer support, and has also met additional supplemental criteria required by ACT to complete re-certification.

With this CWRC re-certification comes another independent endorsement of the quality of the community’s workforce, helping to aid in the attraction and retention of new and existing businesses. The National Career Readiness Certificate, or NCRC, is a workplace readiness credential offered by ACT that measures an individual’s capabilities with regard to Applied Mathematics, Business Documents, and Graphic Literacy. The credential allows jobseekers an opportunity to demonstrate their skills and abilities to hiring employers, and helps businesses find more qualified and capable candidates for the positions they need filled. McDonald County is the third county in Southwest Missouri to achieve CWRC re-certification, joining Jasper and Newton counties.

The NCRC is available free of cost to both jobseeker and employer. Interested jobseekers should contact their local Job Center in Joplin, Monett, or Neosho. Interested businesses can contact Frank Neely at frank@sectorready.org .

Dade County Nears Certified Work-Ready Designation from ACT

When an area receives the Certified Work Ready Community designation from ACT, it means they have received independent, third-party validation of the quality of their local workforce. Sitting at 83% complete, Dade County is poised to become the most recent addition to the CWRC community in Southwest Missouri.

The initiative, a national effort led by ACT, provides a framework for communities to strengthen their economic development efforts by using a community-based approach grounded in certifying counties as “work ready.” ACT awards this certification when counties achieve established goals of individuals in the workforce earning the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC™) and businesses recognizing, preferring, or recommending the NCRC.

The different workforce categories include Emerging (high school and college students or recent graduates), Transitioning (currently unemployed or or current/recent adult education program participants), and Current (currently employed incumbents in the public or private sector).

To help meet the Transitioning requirement (only 14 more), the local Missouri Job Center is offering to pay eligible individuals $40 to take the assessment. Jobseekers can use their NCRC to help demonstrate the range of their skills and abilities to local employers who are in need of qualified candidates. Interested individuals can register by calling their local Job Center at 417.629.3000, the Greenfield Public Library at 417.637.5334, or the Lockwood Public Library at 417.232.4204. For more information, click here.

The Certified Work Ready Communities initiative is a voluntary effort to align workforce and education to meet the economic needs of the state and local communities. It began in January 2012 with Missouri, Oregon and South Carolina participating, and has grown to include 25 states with state or county-led efforts. The common certification criteria, community goals, and monthly workforce skill data are available online at www.workreadycommunities.org.

Official WIOA Plan Modification August 2017

 

OFFICIAL WIOA PLAN MODIFICATION 8 2017

OFFICIAL WIOA PLAN MODIFICATION 10 2017

Notice  to DWD 8-17

Notice to DWD 10-17

MOU – TANF program

DWD Plan Modification Acceptance Letter 11 2017

Consistent with the “sunshine” provisions of WIOA sec. 107(e), the Workforce Investment Board of Southwest Missouri posts the “SW WIB Local Plan Modification” for public comments.  Any public comments concerning the plan may be sent to Sherri Rhuems, Executive Director at publiccomment@sectorready.org.