State awards over $1 million to three job training programs

Three workforce development efforts in Missouri will receive more than $1 million in new grants and tax credits to support upgrades to facilities and equipment, the state Department of Economic Development announced Wednesday.

The aid is part of the state’s Workforce Training Initiative, which offers grants to non-profits, schools and governments in an effort to provide quality job training opportunities.

The initiative targets skill development for specific jobs within growing occupations. It also aims to provide opportunities for people of low and moderate income.

The three organizations selected to receive this funding are Adair County, the City of Liberty and Crossroads Charter School in Kansas City.

Adair County is planning to buy equipment and offer classes in mechatronics and wind energy at Moberly Area Community College’s Kirksville campus, according to the release. The program aims to cross train technicians so that they have a variety of skills.

Liberty intends to use the funds for a new workforce training facility that will be owned by Kansas City Tech Academy, according to the release. The academy will train individuals for specialized technology-based jobs in manufacturing.

Crossroads Charter School will provide technical training through Resiliency Work 2.0 to 90 high school students, according to the release. The school wants to prepare students for entry-level positions in architecture, engineering and construction.

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