Workforce Development

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Building a workforce to move Missouri forward

The quality of the workforce is often cited as the most important factor in business expansion and relocation decisions, yet Missouri woefully underfunds workforce training programs.

This is why we have consistently advocated for the Missouri Works Job Training program and customized training.

This year, we will continue to request support for this program, not only to help us compete with other states, but to better support Missouri’s top industries.

A proven track record

Community colleges are preparing Missouri’s workforce on a massive scale. In addition to the more than 90,000 students enrolled in our for-credit programs, we also train more than 100,000 students in non-credit programs. Most of these students come to take a few courses or to earn a certificate so that they can immediately put their new skills to work.

Training targeted sectors

Missouri’s community colleges already provide training to high growth economic sectors:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Agribusiness
  • Energy Solutions
  • Financial and Professional Services
  • Health Care and Biosciences
  • Information Technlology
  • Skilled Trades
  • Transportation and Logistics

Training anyone, anywhere

Community colleges work together to expand the resources available to business. For example, if a business has a workforce training need in a particular industry, but their local college does not have capacity in that field, another community college can provide assistance to serve the business. We serve every Missourian and every Missouri business.