Missouri's community colleges are joining forces to help Missourians acquire the skills they need for high-paying jobs and Missouri businesses find the skilled workforce they need.
The Missouri Community College Workforce Development Network will build on decades of strong collaboration to break down procedural and geographic boundaries to be to allow for improved and more efficient use of public resources by leveraging the collective strengths of all twelve colleges.
The new partnership will:
- Expand the resources available to Missouri employers, employees and job seekers by leveraging collective capabilities of all 12 community colleges.
- Eliminate geographic and procedural boundaries so businesses can easily access workforce development resources at the community colleges, regardless of where they are located in Missouri.
- Enhance our collaboration with statewide economic development entities and ensure that community colleges are well-represented during economic development discussions.
- Develop mechanisms for community colleges to share resources, trainers, faculty, staff, curricula, equipment and other collaboration.
- Improve customer service and responsiveness to businesses considering expanding or relocation in Missouri.
- Crate a streamlined point of access to community college workforce development resources.
- Provide more resources to local businesses and economic developers by leveraging the statewide network of community colleges.
MACC held a press conference April 13 at its Columbia campus Mechatronics lab to announce the new partnership. MACC President Jeff Lashley said he expects the Mechatronics program is one that will be requested by businesses statewide for workforce skills training.