We asked each of the agencies that make up our Consortium Leadership to share who they are, why they are a part of Show-Me-Careers, and what unique contributions they bring to the group.

        As you will see below, the Missouri Division of Workforce Development offers an incredible array of resources that supports all citizens, including those with disabilities, in their career development.  The Division of Workforce Development is working to facilitate the inclusion of Career Center representatives on Show-Me-Career Pilot Community teams and encourage local partnerships that benefit youth with disabilities in their transition from school to community employment

        The Missouri Division of Workforce Development supports 34 Missouri Career Centers throughout the state in cooperation with 14 Local Workforce Investment Boards that contract with local community providers for many of the workforce services that are offered.  Staff in each region serve a variety of customers with a wide range of needs.  A number of state and community resources are accessed by staff for their customers--many of whom have lost their jobs and are trying to identify job leads that their skills and experience qualify them for.  Still others are trying to find employment after being out of the labor market.  The Career Center staff actively seek to identify additional resources that can be utilized by its customers.

        Missouri Career Centers offer job seekers access computers for job search activities, staff to assist with reemployment services and a variety of job readiness workshops and training. Job seekers can utilize jobs.mo.gov to look for a job, access workforce information, utilize online learning modules and learn about products and services offered by Missouri’s workforce system.  To receive in-person services, customers can come into one of our 34 locations.  Career Center staff are available to help customers identify and build their job readiness and reemployment skills, provide career exploration tools and discuss occupational outlooks, prepare resumes, and practice interviewing skills.  One particularly beneficial service available in Career Centers is ACT’s skills assessment testing, available in each Career Center for customers wanting to obtain a National Career Readiness Certification.

        Each of Missouri’s workforce regions offers Youth Services and a Youth Council that identifies needs in the community and recommends services to be offered to youth ages 14 – 21.  The Youth Program in each region provides various services for enrolled youth.  The Missouri State Parks Youth Corps (SPYC) has been a successful program employing 442 youth ages 17-23 in 2012 who met low-income eligibility requirements.

 Visit jobs.mo.gov for more information