Advance Technology Training Center

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…

March 2017 Pre-apprenticeship participants

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…

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National partnership expands workforce credentials

The American Council on Education (ACE) and Credly officially announced that participants in ACE’s College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT®) will now be able to issue digital credentials through Credly, making it easier for working professionals to request academic credit for workplace training and to share evidence of their achievements online.  As a result of the…

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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 as well. Printer/Tablet-Friendly PDF (16 pages, 17mb) Making…

Registered Apprenticeship Circle

Apprenticeships expand in Southwest Missouri

With apprenticeships on the rise across Southwest Missouri, there is much to celebrate for the second annual National Apprenticeship Week, November 14-20. Communities large and small recognized the important role Apprentices play in offering employers an opportunity to develop a highly skilled workforce to help grow their business and career seekers the chance to earn…

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ACT Holistic Framework digs deeper on workplace success

Employers, educators, and workforce developers alike can all gain insights on ACT’s new Holistic Framework.  Fifty years of ACT research culminated in a powerful collection of the knowledge and skills to succeed at school and work alike. Four Domains of the Holistic Framework Core Academic Skills: knowledge and skills necessary to perform essential tasks in…

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New trends on staying competitive in the labor market

Labor Day week ushered in a series of workshops for local employers with the debut of a long-awaited labor supply certification study. During the one-hour sessions, employers gained new insights to boost competitiveness as an employer of choice, wage competitiveness, commute patterns, retention trends, and what motivates workers of all ages and types.