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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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WIB Inclusion Forum kicks off Disability Awareness Month

Service 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…

A.C.T. Work ready communities

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…

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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.

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WorkforceZone 7/16: High Octane Solutions

The region’s voice for Workforce Development, WorkforceZone, released its second quarter recap issue with the theme Workforce Strategies Seek High Octane Solutions. The 17-page journal is downloadable as a printer and tablet-friendly PDF. WorkforceZone archives its articles online as well. WorkforceZone journal (PDF) FUEL Revs Up Recruitment for Skilled Workers and Promote Quality of Region OneJoplin Expands Literacy and…

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New training models lower cost and fill gaps in manufacturing

Interest and investment continues to grow for the Joplin Region (MO/KS/OK).  Like many vibrant economic regions nationwide, Joplin faces shortages of qualified job candidates to meet demand.  Employers, educators, workforce specialists, and economic developers are joining forces to fill gaps in the pools of entry-level job candidates.  Short-term strategies emphasize real-time, on-demand training and user-friendly…

Crossland named ACT top employer examplar

ACT hosted its fourth annual National Gala on College and Career Readiness in June, the capstone event of a year-long campaign to highlight students, schools, and employers for their exceptional achievements and commitment to preparing all individuals for life after high school.  Crossland Construction took top honors nationally as the ACT Employer Exemplar. Crossland is one of the…