APPRENTICESHIP FORUM – EMPLOYERS INVITED

Learn how to develop and effectively leverage apprenticeship training opportunities in your area. APPRENTICESHIP FORUM / Friday, November 17th (10am to 1pm) Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th Street, Joplin, MO. Speakers: Mike Smith, US Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship Suzanne Richards, Missouri Department of Economic Development Dr. Oscar Carter, Missouri Department of Elementary…

Signing ceremony formalizes partnerships for new training center

Signing ceremonies held Wednesday officially formalized the partnerships for Joplin’s new Advanced Training and Technology Center (JATTC). While sections of the center are currently open for the WIB and the business incubator, Crowder College will begin industry-driven training this August. The partnership consists of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Crowder College, and the…

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…

Missouri improves in Rankings that Matter

The annual State of the States report from Site Selection magazine includes the third edition of  Rankings that Matter. Along with legislative, demographic, economic and education data points, the publisher also ranks all 50 states on elements relevant to corporate location decision-makers. Two of the six rankings cover workforce quality: Rank in total ACT National Career…

KODE-TV showcases progress at new training center

Gretchen Bolander with KODE-TV reported on progress at Joplin’s new Advanced Training and Technology Center during Monday evening’s newscast. Gretchen interviewed Rob O’Brian with the Joplin Chamber and Bubba Evansco with the WIB on the developments. The WIB’s regional headquarters took residence at the Center in October and tenants are beginning to fill in business…

WorkforceZone Fall 2016: Expanding the Labor Market with Opportunities for All

The Fall edition of the WorkforceZone, the region’s quarterly journal for workforce development, features the theme of Expanding the Labor Market with Workforce Opportunities for All. The 16-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. Printer/Tablet-Friendly PDF (16 pages, 17mb) Making…

WIB Inclusion Forum kicks off Disability Awareness Month

inclusion-forum-2016-600x400Service providers and employer partners came together to put on the first Inclusion Forum for Southwest Missouri celebrating Disability Employment Awareness Month for October.  About 60 employers, educators, and workforce and economic development professionals attended the event on Oct. 4 at the new Advanced Training and Technology Center in Joplin.

The Joplin Globe newspaper praised the forum and its efforts in its editorial feature October 6th. “We applaud the efforts to understand the needs of different people, even as efforts are made to diversify the workplace.”

Fiber-Ready + Work-Ready = McDonald County

One of Missouri’s newest Certified Work Ready Communities also attained its Fiber-Ready designation. McDonald County business and community leaders celebrated the accomplishments in ceremonies held September 30th at the Crowder College campus in the Jane/Pineville area.

“Today’s announcements serve as milestones in McDonald County’s strategic efforts to strengthen and grow its economy,” said Mike Downing, director of DED. “A talented workforce and state-of-the-art infrastructure are absolutely necessary in all corners of Missouri—from the rural areas to the urban areas—for the state’s economy to grow and thrive.”

The fiber-ready certification shows that the Pineville and Anderson communities are capable of serving world-class clientele, such as Wal-Mart, which has a large digital storage presence in McDonald County.