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.

New Registered Apprenticeships in Southwest Missouri

Southwest Missouri recently saw the addition of two newly developed apprenticeship programs registered with the US Department of Labor – MSW, Inc in Webb City and Cooper Gear & Manufacturing in Anderson.

Registered apprenticeship programs are a proven training model businesses can employ to help develop stable and predictable pipelines of skilled workers, and reduce turnover and increase productivity.  Employers can partner with local community colleges, tech schools, and other state and federal workforce system partners to develop customized training programs specific to their needs.

The Workforce Investment Board of Southwest Missouri offers related, short-term pre-apprenticeship training options specific to a variety of industries.  This training includes drug screens, WorkKeys NCRC credentialing, soft skills training, resume preparation, mock interviews, computer skills, and financial counseling in addition to industry specific curriculum.  Pre-apprenticeship training helps students and jobseekers get a jump-start on their training and careers, and helps employers screen and recruit qualified candidates.

Business interested in learning more can contact Frank Neely at frank@sectorready.org .

Mt. Vernon Hiring Event on January 9th (Date Change)

The City of Mt. Vernon is hosting a hiring event to help connect job seekers and employers on January 9th. The focus of this job fair will be to provide extra support for those affected by the recent layoffs of Positronic in Mt. Vernon and Dexter Solutions in Aurora, but the event is open to anyone. The event will be held at the MARC at 822 W Mt, Vernon Blvd from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.

The event is free to both job seekers and employers. Employers who’d like to register a table, please click here.

Click here for more information, or call 417.235.7877.

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.

Apprenticeship Forum Scheduled for November 17th

Make plans to attend the upcoming Apprenticeship Forum on November 17th at the Joplin Public Library to learn how to develop and effectively leverage apprenticeship training opportunities in your area!  As businesses continue to experience skill gaps and other mounting training woes, apprenticeship options are well poised to develop the skills and abilities of our communities’ emerging workforces and help meet the training needs of our region’s employers.  The event is scheduled to begin at 10:00am.  

Learn more about how to develop registered apprenticeship programs with local technical schools, and how to leverage related, short-term options to meet more immediate needs.

Presentations are scheduled from the following speakers:

  • Mike Smith, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship
  • Suzanne Richards, Missouri Department of Economic Development
  • Dr. Oscar Carter, Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education

The speakers will be followed by a panel of area employers engaged in apprenticeship training options and lunch.  A $5.00 registration fee for the forum includes lunch and forum materials.  Check-in and networking begin at 9:30am.

Please select the link below to register.

Register Here

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