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WorkforceZone: High Tech Meets High Touch

The region’s premiere journal for workforce/economic development published its Fall 2015 edition.  High Tech Meets High Touch is the theme for the latest issue of WorkforceZone.  This edition picks up on the latest for SectorReady, including a special feature on employer benefits and 2016 deliverables. The journal recaps the recent Heartland Workforce Summit, highlights of Monett’s…

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Missouri joins CMT’s Empowering Education

CMT continues to add partner colleges to its CMT Empowering Education initiative with the addition of 15 schools across rural America, including the participating schools of the Missouri Community College Association. The program aims to increase the number of residents with postsecondary credentials including degrees and certificates in economically-depressed communities. For the first time, CMT…

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SectorReady leaders excel at state sector summit

Local Workforce leaders represented Southwest Missouri for the Show-Me State’s kickoff of sector strategies in a planning/training event held earlier this month in Osage Beach. Tucked away on the banks of the Lake of the Ozarks, about 130 professionals from the state’s workforce system and their partners from education, economic development, and workforce worked over two days…

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Monett celebrates manufacturers and work readiness

The Monett Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated National Manufacturers Day with a special ceremony October 2nd at Playpower. As noted in this article from the Monett Times Newspaper, the event included special proclamations from the Missouri House of Representatives, the Monett City Council, Barry County Commission, and Missouri Enterprise. The Workforce Investment Board also joined the…

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Workforce Summit launches SectorReady

The 2015 Heartland Workforce Summit marked the official launch of the SectorReady™ Toolkit 1.0. Powered by the WIB and the Joplin Regional Partnership, the toolkit reflects the region’s framework development and research in 2014-2015 for a robust array of career pathway and sector partnership resources.   Along with the presenters and attendees, the Workforce Summit was a success…

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Alternative paths to the middle class

The unbundling of education and the momentum building for short-term credentials shows end users that a degree isn’t the only way to earn and learn a living. Mark Schneider from the American Institutes for Research penned a feature,  The Value of Sub-baccalaureate Credentials, for the journal Issues in Science and Technology with helpful insights for advocates and…

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WorkforceZone Summer 2015 edition now online

The Summer 2015 edition of WorkforceZone looks at recent impact and innovation along with emerging opportunities in workforce development for Southwest Missouri and the greater Four-States Area. The magazine-style report helps inform stakeholders, customers, community leaders, and state/federal officials of important progress for the region’s public workforce system. The PDF version is available as a 3mb…