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Missouri Works Training to Create Nearly 1,000 New Jobs
St. Louis, MO, (SLFP.com), October 4, 2015 - Missouri Works Training will help more than 300 companies throughout the state improve the skills of their workers and expand their businesses, creating 970 new jobs. These companies will make a combined $1.3 billion in capital investments and provide next-generation training to more than 33,000 current employees.
In a release, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon said, "A highly-skilled workforce is essential to Missouri's ability to create jobs and compete and win in the global economy. These strategic, performance-based investments through our Missouri Works Training program will benefit communities in every corner of our state. Missouri Works Training gives workers the opportunity to sharpen their skills, and businesses the ability to expand, invest and create more jobs in our communities. It's a win-win."
A total of $10.4 million has been approved through the Missouri Works Training Program to help companies strengthen their workforce by accessing next-generation training. Those companies are in industries that include advanced manufacturing, automotive, biosciences, energy solutions, financial and professional services, and IT.
The training funds can be utilized to upgrade worker skills to prepare for new products, processes, or new technologies, to improve productivity or quality, or to on-board and train new workers as a result of an expansion or relocation.
For example, American Air Filter (AAF) International, a global manufacturer of air filtration systems for numerous industries including nuclear power and transportation, will utilize $30,000 in state grants and work with the State Technical College of Missouri to train its Columbia workforce. As a result of acquiring a new product line and investing $1.4 million to expand the operations and install new equipment, its Columbia plant will hire and train 10 new positions as well as upgrade the skills of 46 current employees.
AAF operates in 22 countries and expects an increase in productivity and profitability for its Missouri facility, which is one of the company's only ISO Certified locations. The company recently opened a dedicated training room specifically designed to teach a culture of quality, safety and continuous improvement throughout their facility.
"Our customers demand a level of quality and on time delivery that can only be achieved through a skilled, cross-trained workforce and an ongoing quality policy. These are the things that keep us prominent in a highly competitive world," said Jeff Simon, HR Manager of Operations at AAF. "American Air Filter is committed to providing training to employees and state funding helps achieve those goals."
WGU Missouri Announces Women in Technology Scholarship in Honor of National Techies Day
St. Louis, MO, (SLFP.com), October 1, 2015 - In celebration of National Techies Day, WGU Missouri is offering a new scholarship to help more women pursue careers in the technology field.
With females representing only 24 percent of the industry, the fully online non-profit university is offering the scholarship to encourage female residents in Missouri, who are interested in pursuing a bachelor's or master's degree in Information Technology, to go back to school.
The scholarships, each valued at up to $2,000 ($500 per six-month term renewable for up to four terms), will be applied toward WGU Missouri's already-low tuition of $3,250 per term for an undergraduate or graduate degree in the College of Information Technology. Applications are currently being accepted at missouri.wgu.edu/WomenInTech through Dec. 31.
"We hope that this scholarship will enable women to think of an IT career as attainable rather than just aspirational," said Dr. Angie Besendorfer, WGU Missouri Chancellor. "Considering that Missouri is home to two of the country's fastest growing tech cities - Kansas City and St. Louis - providing educational opportunities for women in this field is an important step toward meeting the needs and demands of this industry. WGU Missouri is committed to promoting an accessible and affordable education in the IT field to Missourians in our state."
To be eligible for this scholarship, female applicants must be new students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in the College of Information Technology. They will also need to complete an application for admission and scholarship application, and be officially admitted to WGU Missouri. This is a competitive program, and scholarships will be awarded based on the student's academic record, readiness for online study, and current competency, as well as other considerations.
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STLCC Helps Find 383 Students Employment in Healthcare with the Help of MoHealthWINS Grants
St. Louis, MO, (SLFP.com), September 30, 2015 - St. Louis Community College helped 383 students find employment in healthcare with the help of a nearly $4 million grant from MoHealthWINS, which is managed by the Missouri Community College Association.
The college is one of 13 Missouri colleges that worked with the Missouri Community College Association to help 4,251 students access training and gain the skills needed to enter the healthcare industry. St. Louis Community College used grant funds to help 818 students achieve 1,761 industry-recognized credentials. Of those 818 students, 383 found employment after completing the program.
The $19.9 million MoHealthWINs federal grant, which ended this year, provided funding to train students in four career pathways: health informatics, therapeutic services, diagnostic services, and support services. With its portion of the grant funds, St. Louis Community College was able to create nine programs of study, including Healthcare Portal, Certified Nursing Assistant, Patient Care Technician, Medical Assistant, Medical Information Specialist, IT Help Desk/End-User Support, Healthcare IT Technician, and Electronic Health Records.
"MoHealthWINs allowed us to work with our industry partners to design programs that were perfect fits for the skills needed in their agencies and institutions," Jeff L. Pittman, Ph. D., chancellor of St. Louis Community College said. "We implemented a number of tried and tested strategies to increase the students' college readiness and then taught the professional skills needed for them to succeed. When you see a program that helps a young mother achieve a career in a high-demand field, you know the community college was there for her. It fulfills our mission."
More than 229 businesses and agencies became industry partners to MoHealthWINs colleges. These businesses provided input on the design of the academic programs, offered internships and hands-on experience for students, and in many cases offered employment opportunities upon graduation.
"The MoHealthWINs grant provided an opportunity for students to achieve work in a healthcare setting in an accelerated timeframe," said Pat Tubbesing, workforce development leader of SSM. "It was truly a life-changing experience for them. When I attended graduation, I realized they had all become like family."
"The grant bridged the gap between industries searching for qualified workers and workers seeking training for well-paying jobs," Rob Dixon, president and CEO of the Missouri Community College Association said. "Each college reached out to local industry partners to learn their employment needs and designed curricula that provided the academic background to fulfill them. Additionally, innovations introduced by MoHealthWINs are helping the colleges improve completion rates, developmental education, and digital literacy for their students."
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