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.

Inclusion Forum 2018

The Workforce Investment Board of Southwest Missouri and partners are teaming up again for the third annual Inclusion Forum.  This year’s event, which helps employers build and retain a more inclusive workforce, will be Oct. 2 at the Joplin Public Library.  Check back often for updates and to register.  If you have any questions, please contact Leslie Abram at Labram@sectorready.org or 206-1717  Ext. 2107.

 

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.

KODE Highlights Apprenticeship Program Expansion

KODE News recently highlighted a program expansion for apprenticeship training, allowing for the allotment of $3.6 million dollars of federal funding to student training.

Apprenticeship programs are training models that weave classroom and on-the-job training elements together. Students are paid employees from day one, learning new skills along a sustained career pathway with clear advancement goals and opportunities. Employers partner with education providers to deliver classroom training specific to their businesses and occupations, helping to create to stable & predictable pipelines of skilled labor.

Apprenticeships are a proven training model in a variety of industries and occupations – technical assistance and support from local training providers and state and federal workforce system partners is available to help businesses get started. Shorter term pre-apprenticeship training to help prepare students for entry into registered programs is also available. For more information, please contact Frank Neely at frank@sectorready.org.

Dade County Earns Certified Work Ready Community Designation; All Southwest Missouri Counties Now Certified Work Ready

Dade County, Missouri is the newest area in the state to have been designated a Certified Work Ready Community by ACT, having met all of their testing and employer support goals required for certification.  The CWRC designation is an independent validation of the quality of a region’s workforce, and this marks the tenth time that counties in Southwest Missouri have been certified or re-certified as work ready communities since the initiative began in 2012.

Congratulations to Dade County!!!  For more information on the Certified Work Ready Community initiative, please visit https://www.workreadycommunities.org/.

SectorReady+ Career Readiness Program Sees Expansion

The SectorReady+ pre-apprenticeships developed by Southwest Missouri’s Workforce Investment Board are set for another expansion this spring, with the launch of two new programs in Early Childhood Education and Industrial Maintenance & Machining.

With childcare services in constant demand, the WIB is partnering with local tech centers and community colleges to develop another short-term pre-apprenticeship training program that will allow interested jobseekers and students to earn their Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, helping to jump-start new careers in childhood education. This program is scheduled to launch this spring. For more information, click here.

The WIB is also excited to announce the launch of an additional program this summer with a focus on machining and industrial maintenance. This manufacturing pre-apprenticeship will help our area’s machining and food manufacturing employers connect with an emerging labor force in possession of the skills and abilities they need. The curriculum and credentialing for this program are not yet finalized – the WIB is seeking additional input from employers at March’s EmployerLink roundtable scheduled for Thursday, March 22nd at Big Baldy’s BBQ in Monett at noon.

Employers interested in these or other short-term training options can contact Frank Neely at frank@sectorready.org.

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.