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…

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…

Sector Ready logo

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…

C.M.T. Empowering Education flyer

Missouri joins CMT’s Empowering Education

CMT continues to add partner colleges to its CMT Empowering Education initiative with the addition of 15 schools across rural America, including the participating schools of the Missouri Community College Association. The program aims to increase the number of residents with postsecondary credentials including degrees and certificates in economically-depressed communities. For the first time, CMT…

Sector Ready Toolkit

Workforce Summit launches SectorReady

The 2015 Heartland Workforce Summit marked the official launch of the SectorReady™ Toolkit 1.0. Powered by the WIB and the Joplin Regional Partnership, the toolkit reflects the region’s framework development and research in 2014-2015 for a robust array of career pathway and sector partnership resources.   Along with the presenters and attendees, the Workforce Summit was a success…

Photograph from the ribbon cutting ceremony at the C.W.R.C. training center

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…

Photograph of adults with laptops in an elementary school classroom working on a project.

PBS NewsHour examines NCRC

Wednesday’s PBS NewHour aired an extended featured on the National Career Readiness and the NCRC’s role in preparing students for the workforce. For American industry, finding employees who have all the requisite skills is a big challenge, and hiring people who don’t stack up can cost businesses a great deal of money. Special correspondent John Tulenko…

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon presented Jones with an official proclamation as America's first-ever Certified Work Ready Community in 2013.

Gov. Nixon presents Work Ready Communities certification to Jasper County

Gov. Nixon headlined a press conference in Joplin Friday announcing that Jasper County earned the Certified Work Ready Community designation through ACT and the Missouri Department of Economic Development. Thousands of individuals that earned the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) helped Jasper County reach this prestigious goal. Held at Franklin Technology Center, the press conference showcased the…