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UCM Workforce Central Program Participants Named Outstanding Adults

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (June 6, 2011) – Three Jackson Countians who sought educational opportunities from the University of Central Missouri to help them succeed in the job market have been honored as Outstanding Adults by the Full Employment Council, Inc. Award presentations took place May 24 at the Downtown Marriott Hotel – Muehlebach Tower in Kansas City.

Representatives of UCM’s School of Graduate and Extended Studies were among those attending the event. Honorees who participated in UCM Workforce Central training opportunities were Anita Williams, a project manager at Care Fusion in Independence; Raphael Frazier, a residential energy auditor employed with Free Energy in Independence; and Aida Tavera, a hearing coordinator for Saint Luke’s Health System in Kansas City. Each honoree took advantage of UCM’s training programs close to home.

Williams was laid off after working in pharmaceutical sales for six years. Eager to get back to work, she researched many job training programs, but wanted to earn her certification in project management, an area where she had a wide range of experience. In striving to achieve her career goals, she received a Job Training Scholarship from FEC, and completed a project management certificate by taking a UCM course in Independence. This helped her obtain a position with Care Fusion.

Frazier, a graduate of Missouri State University, lost his job due to layoffs. After FEC awarded him a Job Training Scholarship, he enrolled in the UCM residential auditing training program in Kansas City. His successful completion of this program led to a job with Free Energy.

 Aida Tavera was an unemployed single mother with three children when she decided to make a life change. After being referred to FEC by United Services Community Action Agency, she received a Job Training Scholarship to attend the Certified Nursing Assistant program at the UCM Summit Center in Lee’s Summit. Once she passed her professional board exams and received her certification, she was hired by Saint Luke’s Health System.

 The Full Employment Council, Inc. was created through the efforts of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce; The Civic Council of Greater Kansas City; the City of Kansas City Missouri; and Jackson, Clay, Platte, Cass and Ray counties. The council grew out of a 1984 study which made the recommendation to streamline and consolidate all federally funded employment and training programs into one organization to create program accountability; reduce program redundancy; and better coordinate private funds solicited for these purposes. The study was funded through the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation’s Affiliated Trusts, the Hall Family Foundation, the H&R Bloch Foundation, and the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City.

Individuals who want to know more about the training programs that benefitted these Outstanding Adults and other educational opportunities should contact Scott Boyce, workforce development representative, at 816-875-3927, Ext. 110 or Laurel Hogue, UCM assistant director of Extended Studies, UCM School of Graduate and Extended Studies, at 660-543-4674.