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Missouri Job Center seeks council approval on workforce training grant

Missouri Job Center said if awarded it will be used for workforce training and to help people...
Missouri Job Center said if awarded it will be used for workforce training and to help people find jobs.(KY3)
Published: Oct. 18, 2021 at 2:01 PM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - The Missouri Job Center is seeking approval from Springfield City Council to apply for a grant through the American Rescue Plan. This is a Good Jobs Challenge Grant and it’s worth $17.6 million. Sally Payne with the Missouri Job Center said if awarded it will be used for workforce training and to help people find jobs.

She said this will benefit employers in health care, public safety, transportation, and childcare providers. Payne said there’s a massive barrier for employment, specifically for women, because of the lack of quality, affordable childcare providers.

Payne said the grant is competitive, but it’s incredibly important for the region. Congress provided the United States Economic Development Administration $3 billion for this funding.

“We already had some employers’ support,” said Payne. “This money will be for the city to allocate and train people. We’ll recruit the people and work closely with our training providers to provide that training. Then employment is always the outcome.”

If the city council approves, Payne said the application is due in January. If awarded, the city has until September 2027 to use the funding.

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