Missouri Governor Mike Parson has officially declared September 2020 Workforce Development Month to promote higher education and job training programs across the state.
In an official proclamation, Governor Parson said “Missouri is finding ways to expand, modernize, sustain apprenticeships and work-based learning, enhance regional workforce development, and ensure we are building the labor force that businesses need to make Missouri the best place to live and work in America.”
Throughout September, the Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development is celebrating and raising awareness for its many job training and career advancement initiatives. The department plans to host virtual job fairs, launch the state’s new Missouri Apprentice Connect portal, host the annual Chief Local Elected Officials Summit, and reopen the remaining closed Missouri Job Centers.
Missouri is also partnering with CompTIA, one of the world’s largest nonprofit trade organizations, to start offering free IT training and certification for displaced workers. Along with these Workforce Development Month initiatives, Missouri will continue its Return Strong recovery efforts aimed at helping Missourians skill up and get back to work as the state rebounds from the COVID-19 pandemic.