A.C.T. Work ready communities

Barton County joins nation’s Work Ready elite

Barton County celebrated accomplishments for becoming an ACT Certified Work Ready Community on Friday with special ceremonies tied to a day-long reviews and planning for Lamar in the Feels Like Home Tour through Missouri Community Betterment. Missouri Department of Economic Development Director, Mike Downing, presented an official proclamation from Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to mark the…

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WorkforceZone: Overcoming Challenges Through Innovation

WorkforceZone is the region’s voice for workforce development progress and impact. Overcoming Workforce Challenges Through Innovation is the theme for the winter edition. Download the PDF edition, optimized for tablets and printers, or check out these WorkforceZone features online. Training/Technology Center Prepares for August Launch NextGen Summit (set for March 29th) Connects Groups Serving Youth/Young…

ACT creates center to support workforce advancement

ACT today announced plans to create the Center for Workforce Advancement to better position ACT as a national and international leader in workforce and career solutions. The Center will support large-scale workforce and career advocacy efforts at the national level. The developments are very positive for areas like Joplin that fully leverage ACT’s workforce tools to grow the…

Cherokee reaches gold Work Ready certification

Cherokee County became the first county in the Sunflower State to reach the status of Certified Work Ready Community. Ceremonies held Friday at the Columbus Community Center featured remarks from CWRC core team volunteers and regional economic development leaders. Catch the full ceremony video below along with related links for regional news media and regards…

MOA conference connects ag sector to workforce strategies

Organic ag employers of all sizes across the midwest learned more about the resources for recruitment, training, and retention of students and transitioning adults through the Missouri Job Center system and its strategic partners.  Jasen Jones from the Workforce Innovation Board paired up with Jeanne Lake with the Division of Workforce Development for a presentation…

Joplin among top quarter of small cities for economic dynamism

Joplin ranks in the top quarter of small cities nationwide for economic dynamism, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. The Small City Economic Dynamism Index to help policymakers and practitioners gain more nuanced perspectives. The index ranks 245 small U.S. cities across 14 indicators (see below) of economic dynamism in four categories: demographics,…

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Sketching out the future with SectorReady

A new three-minute video posted by the WIB provides a quick overview of SectorReady. The clip is a video-scribe of the features of career pathways and sector partnerships. The SectorReady framework in 2016 is set to revolutionize the methods by which students and transitioning adults learn about job opportunities and how to get the skills needed…