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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…

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WIB expands research tools for economic development and sector impact

The noble calling of economic development work extends beyond the mere dollars and cents of business recruitment and expansion.  It’s about prospering communities and creating opportunities for the people of Southwest Missouri and the greater Four-States. The WIB upgraded its capacity with a new suite of tools through its partnership with Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc.…

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Newton County Celebrates Work Ready Designation

Newton and Barry counties joined Jasper County as fully-certified Work Ready Communities (CWRC).  The Joplin Metro is now Missouri’s first MSA certified as work ready.   Remaining counties in the WIB and JRP areas are closing in on their goals, helping build work-ready regions and corridors.  CWRC and NCRC™ investments already are paying off with…