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Workforce Development Partnership Provides Tuition-free Training and Support

By Janice Phelan, June 15, 2020



The University of Central Missouri is partnering with several community organizations to launch the Job Skills for New Careers initiative. The program is designed to help break the cycle of poverty by providing free job training for in-demand fields. Other organizations involved in the collaboration are Truman Heartland Community Foundation, Community Services League, Herndon Career Center and Mid-Continent Public Library.


“Getting a better job is an opportunity to build financial security for you and your family,” said a representative from the Community Services League.


Through the Job Skills for New Careers program, qualifying individuals receive access to free job training as well as support in securing a new job. 


“We believe these organizations bring unique assets to the table and by working together, we can help people get connected to the trainings and resources they need to get on the path to a better job and a brighter future,” said Phil Hanson, president and CEO of Truman Heartland Community Foundation.


Through this initiative, Community Services League will match applicants with financial counseling, community resources through Mid-Continent Public Library and opportunities for free training available through Herndon Career Center and UCM. The training is in fields that pay living wages and are in high demand in the region, including healthcare, other medical fields and skilled industrial trades.


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