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

Date County: 100% of goals attained

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

Sector Ready Plus Career Readiness Program

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

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 frank@sectorready.org .

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 www.workreadycommunities.org.

New Registered Apprenticeships in Southwest Missouri

Registered Apprenticeship

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 .

Governor Eric Greitens announces business expansions in Joplin and Troy; expected to result in the creation of 180 new jobs in Missouri

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Governor Eric Greitens announces business expansions in Joplin and Troy; expected to result in the creation of 180 new jobs in Missouri


Today, Governor Eric Greitens announced that two Missouri companies operating in the state’s robust food and beverage industry will embark on expansions in their respective communities and create a combined total of 180 new jobs in the state.

“We’re making Missouri a better place to grow jobs, and it’s working,” said Governor Eric Greitens. “Businesses are creating jobs again. Today, I’m proud to announce two major expansions in two corners of the state. In Joplin, Jasper Products is investing $26 million and creating 75 new jobs. In Troy, Witte Brothers Exchange is investing $8 million and creating over 100 new jobs. We’re taking Missouri in a new direction, with more jobs and higher pay.”


Two Major Expansions in two corners of the state of Missouri: Troy and Joplin


“Missouri has been growing and transporting food to customers around the world for generations,” said Rob Dixon, Acting Director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development. “We believe there is a renewed sense of confidence in our economy because businesses know that we support them and want to help them grow.”

Witte Brothers Exchange, Inc. offers transport service for temperature-controlled products nationwide from its centrally located office and warehouse. The company utilizes next-generation mobile communication, web-based shipment updates, electronic data interchange capabilities, and much more to the 48 contiguous states it serves.

“We are excited about this project, as this expansion will allow us to offer additional services to our existing customers, along with new customers that will be forthcoming,” said Brent Witte, President of Witte Brothers Exchange, Inc. “This expansion will also allow us to offer great career opportunities to the talented people in our community. We are proud to be growing within Troy, and with the great state of Missouri.”

“I am very excited to see economic and job growth in Troy. Jobs are the number one concern I hear about from constituents as I travel the district,” said Senator Jeanie Riddle. “They want to make sure their families can stay in their communities, and that there are more jobs closer to home. With this expansion at Witte Brothers, over one hundred new jobs will be created, Lincoln County and the city of Troy will prosper, and families will have more quality job opportunities in their community.”

The state is also supporting road improvements near Witte’s operations through a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) of up to $800,000. The grant was awarded to the City of Troy which will use the CDBG for much needed public infrastructure improvements to the Mennemeyer Road, where Witte and other companies operate. The company is designing a new 80,000 sq. ft. consolidation model and warehouse facility to serve all customer sectors and their new challenges and demands.

“The City of Troy is excited to get this grant for improvement to Mennemeyer Road. This project would not be possible if it weren’t for the expansion of Witte Bros. Exchange and the jobs they are creating,” said Mayor Mark Cross of the City of Troy. “I want to thank Governor Greitens and the Missouri Department of Economic Development for making this investment in Troy. These road improvements will open this area up for even more business and job creation.”

Jasper Products, LLC, is an industry-leading manufacturer of extended shelf life and aseptically packaged nutritional beverage products serving both private label and contract customers. The company’s $26 million-expansion includes adding processing and production line capacity to meet the companies growing market share and customer base. As part of its expansion, the company will add 75 new jobs to its current workforce of 550. Jasper Products attributes its year-over-year growth successes to a current and productive food processing workforce, strong regional transportation systems and positive growth oriented customer relationships.

“This is exciting news not only for Jasper Products, LLC, but also for Jasper County. I’ve watched the company grow since my time as mayor of Joplin, and I’m glad they have the faith in the city and in Southwest Missouri to expand and continue to strive to be the premiere beverage manufacturing facility in North America,” said Senator Ron Richard.

“The people of Missouri spoke out in the last election saying they wanted real economic growth, more jobs, and better pay and the legislature and executive branches responded,” said Representative Bill White. “In my district, growth like the multi-million dollar expansion of Jasper Foods creating 75 well paying jobs shows Missouri is getting it right and that we are open for business.”

“Jasper Products’ recent expansion continues its position as a leading employer in the region and a leading company in its sector nationally. We appreciate the company’s continued commitment to growing in Joplin,” said Rob O’Brian, President of the Joplin Chamber of Commerce.

More on CDBG:

The CDBG program, administered by the Missouri Department of Economic Development, provides grants and loan funds to cities with a population under 50,000 and counties under 200,000 to assist in a variety of public works and economic development projects.

To see a full list of businesses embarking on expansions in Missouri, visit https://ded.mo.gov/business-announcements.


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Crowder College Expands Area Apprenticeship Opportunities

Bill's Electric logo and Crowder College logo

On June 27th at the new Joplin Advanced Training and Technology Center, Crowder College formalized a partnership with Bill’s Electric on development of a full time, four-year electrician apprenticeship set to begin in August.

With more and more experienced workers retiring, the need for fresh talent is apparent – apprenticeships like these are one way businesses can engage with education, economic, and workforce development stakeholders to develop a pipeline of emerging workers equipped with the skills and abilities required by our region’s employers.

The development of this program adds to the area’s list of such opportunities, as Crowder College already has an ongoing construction apprenticeship with Branco Enterprises established in 2015.  Shorter term pre-apprenticeship programs help to prepare participants to meet the basic qualifications for entry into registered apprenticeships or other employment opportunities, and are available to eligible jobseekers through the Workforce Innovation Board of Southwest Missouri and the local Job Centers in Joplin, Monett, and Neosho.

Public Notice for Plan Modification

The Workforce Investment Board of the Southwest Region, Inc. (DBA Workforce Innovation Board), the oversight body for the delivery of employment and training services to the Missouri Counties of Barry, Barton, Dade, Jasper, Lawrence, McDonald, and Newton, is submitting a modification for the region’s official Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) Plan.

The plan and proposed modifications will be available during normal business hours to anyone for inspection at the offices of the Workforce Innovation Board, 420 Grand Avenue, Joplin, Missouri, 64801. Additionally, the plan will be available for review on the WIB’s internet website at www.workforcezone.net/plan.

Interested parties may comment or may petition for disapproval by sending written notice to:

Sherri Rhuems
Workforce Innovation Board
P.O. Box 1706
Joplin, MO 64802-1706

OR

Planning and Research Section
Division of Workforce Development
P.O. Box 1087
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1087

Request may be based on the failure of the plan to address the needs of the area, a significant client interest, or the violation of statutory requirements.  Missouri Relay:   1-800-735-2966 (TDD) 1-800-735-2466 (Voice)

Construction Trades Apprenticeship finishes strong

The WIB’s first-ever Construction Trades Pre-Apprenticeship finished strong with ten graduates recognized at a ceremony held Friday, March 17th at the Joplin Job Center. Funded by Catholic Charities together with a special apprenticeship grant to the WIB from the Missouri Division of Workforce Development, other partners included Crowder College Training and Development Solutions, IBEW, and the Carpenters Union. The ceremony included several inspirational presentations on the challenges the participants overcame and the improvements gained in their personal and vocational pursuits.

Pre-Apprenticeship Skilled Trades 2017 from WIB on Vimeo.

What’s Next

While some of the grads already secured private sector employment, other completers will stay on with Catholic Charities for additional paid work experience. The social enterprise effort from Catholic Charities helps refurbish local residences for those in need. A special hiring event is set for April 5th to connect grads with employers in the construction sector. Download this printer/tablet friendly flyer for additional information on the hiring event.  The WIB and its stakeholders are currently evaluating outcomes of the training program for future offerings. For more on future apprenticeship efforts, contact Sherri Rhuems at the WIB.

Background

The first week of training covered soft skill expectations of employers, resume preparation, and the National Career Readiness Certificate. Week two probed into construction with worksite safety and basic construction skills. Electrical training happened in week three with electrical safety and basic electrical work. The final (fourth) week covered safety and medical training such as OSHA-10, first aid, CPR, and forklift operation. Weeks five and beyond (up to 12 weeks total) feature the paid internship for participants to put their skills to work.

Quality pre-apprenticeship programs contribute to the development of a diverse and skilled workforce by preparing participants to meet the basic qualifications for entry into one or more Registered Apprenticeship programs. Through a variety of unique designs and approaches, pre-apprenticeship programs can be adapted to meet the needs of differing populations being trained, the various employers and sponsors they serve, and specific opportunities within the local labor market.

Pre-apprenticeship training is a great way for participants to explore and learn about exciting careers; qualify to meet the minimum standards for selection to employment and training programs to help advance; benefit from classroom and technology-based training; get a start on career-specific training with viable career pathway opportunities; build literacy, math, English, and work-readiness skills employers desire.

 

WorkforceZone Winter 2017: Workforce Strategies On-Track Amidst Change

Workforce strategies on-track amidst changeThe Winter 2017 edition of the WorkforceZone, the region’s quarterly journal for workforce development, features the theme of Workforce Strategies On-Track Amidst Change. The 14-page magazine-style format may be downloaded as a printer-friendly and tablet-friendly PDF. Check out individual articles online here at WorkforceZone.net as well.