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Registration Open for Internal Workplace Investigations Workshop

Internal Workplace Investigations

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.

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Official WIOA Plan Modification April 2018

Workforce Investment Bureau of Southwest Missouri

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

New Carthage Community Center Hosts Construction Sector Hiring Event

Plaza Community Center

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

A.C.T. Work Ready Communities: McDonald Country Missouri is certified May 2016, maintained February 2018

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 .

Dade County Nears Certified Work-Ready Designation from ACT

A.C.T. Work Ready Communities

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.

Dade County 83% of goals attained

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

Official WIOA Plan Modification August 2017


Workforce Investment Bureau of Southwest MissouriOFFICIAL WIOA PLAN MODIFICATION 8 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

Inclusion Forum Scheduled for September 29th

Icons representing men, women, and people in wheelchairs

Join us on September 29th at the Joplin Public Library for a morning of learning how to better recruit, hire and retain people with disabilities! Several partner agencies are coming together again for a second year in response to employer questions and needs for more information about making accommodations during the hiring process and on the job.  The event will begin at 10AM.

Learn more about assistive technologies via presentations, demonstrations and hands-on opportunities.

Gather HR resources including professional contacts, services and vendor information.

Scheduled speakers:

  • Yvonne Wright, Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Susan Adams, Joplin Workshops
  • David Baker, Missouri Assistive Technology, Kansas City
  • Brittany Stovall, Independent Living Center, Joplin
  • Paul Lenhart, Mercy Hospitals, St. Louis

The afternoon will include a reverse job fair for people with disabilities.  This is the first time for this unique event in our area!  A reverse job fair showcases job seekers at the tables, with employers walking around to the tables to meet the job seekers.  The job seekers are ready to work and are prepared to interview on the spot.  Job seekers at this event are participating by invitation only and have been working with partner agencies to prepare for this event.  They have a wide range of skills and experience in many different fields.

If you are unable to attend the morning Inclusion Forum, employers are welcome to attend just the job fair.  When registering just to attend the job fair, please use FAIRONLY as the promo code, so you will not be charged.

A $5.00 registration fee for the forum includes lunch and forum materials.

Please click the button below to register for the forum and/or the job fair.

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WIB director embraces new role with ACT

Since arriving in 2003 as director of the Southwest Missouri Workforce Innovation Board, Jasen Jones built a team of volunteers and staff on a mission to change lives and make prosperous communities through workforce strategies. Jones is embarking on a new chapter of his own career adventure. Effective April 24th, Jones is joining ACT as a Senior Program Manager for ACT’s Work Ready Communities program.

“I am so thankful for the support and guidance from our staff, board, and other stakeholders,” Jones noted. “I will never forget these positive experiences and will stay devoted to paying it forward.”

The Board of Directors named Sherri Rhuems as the new acting director to oversee a reorganization of WIB staff and functions during the transition of management. Rhuems served the WIB since 2006 and currently holds the role of Operations Manager. The board is expected to make this a permanent role by the end of June.

Jasen, the board, and staff led the WIB on its rise of local, state, and national prominence since 2003. The WIB survived and thrived through difficult transitions, economic recessions, even natural disasters. Much of that success is recognized by the following awards and accomplishments.

Jones new role with ACT covers outreach and development for new communities and regions to join WRC with a focus on the eastern half of the U.S. Another Missouri WRC champion, Cheri Tune, also joins ACT in April covering the western half of the nation. Jones joins a team of seasoned leaders with ACT WRC, including Suzanne Conquest, Fred McConnel, Tony Garife, and Mary Lewis. While not on the road for WRC, Jones will maintain a home-based office in Joplin as a field-based team member with ACT.

While not on the road for WRC, Jones will maintain a home-based office in Joplin as a field-based team member with ACT. He plans to assist the WIB on a volunteer basis to provide technical assistance with the transition, SectorReady career pathways, and the websites managed by the WIB.