UCM Opens Door to Missouri Career Center
Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG - 7/1/2011 - Understanding the need to continue important services for local residents, the University of Central Missouri is permitting the Missouri Career Center to occupy space in Unit C of the Fraternity Complex.
The center will utilize the facilities on a temporary basis, and begin moving this week to the new location at 900 S. Holden St. The center provides veterans’ services; youth services; part-time, four-week reporting services; and enrollment services one day per week for on-the-job training and schooling for adult and displaced workers. It also offers abbreviated workshops one day per week on job preparation topics, depending on enrollment. These services are being moved to UCM from the center’s previous location on South Maguire Street.
“We know the Missouri Career Center is currently in need of a facility to carry out services that are vital to this community. We are glad to work with the center and its staff to make space available as expediently as possible so opportunities are continued,” said Charles Ambrose, UCM president.
The space covers about 900 square feet on the ground floor of the east side of the Fraternity Complex, facing Holden Street, and will provide ample parking. The center will cover the cost of improvements needed to continue its operations, and will also pay for telephone service, computers, equipment and making the space handicapped accessible. Missouri Career Center, however, will occupy the space without additional charges.
"The Missouri Division of Workforce Development had decided to close the Warrensburg facility. However, by finding an alternate site on campus, some of the services with reduced staff will still be offered in Johnson County," said Senator David Pearce, District 31.
Leading up to the opportunity to utilize space at UCM, there was a meeting locally coordinated by Pearce and State Representative Denny Hoskins, District 121, with a goal to find a new location for the Missouri Career Center. The session involved representatives of UCM, Johnson County Commission, city of Warrensburg, Greater Warrensburg Area Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development personnel, Warrensburg R-VI School District, and others.
“UCM was at the table and very cooperative in helping us to decide what to do,” Pearce said, noting there was a sense of urgency to help keep the Missouri Career Center’s services in the county. “The participants were all forthcoming and said ‘we’ve got to do something and do it fast.’”
UCM’s Fraternity Complex Unit C was most recently used for faculty office space in the athletic training program while renovations were being made in the Morrow-Garrison complex. Prior to that, it was the home for Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, which moved to an off-campus site.
This is not the first time the university has assisted in providing facilities that benefit the community and its workers. In previous years, a space on the west side of Nattinger-Bradshaw Halls was the site of the One-Stop Career Center, which housed representatives of various organizations that serve area individuals looking for work or are in need of career development.