A grant from the Labor Department’s community college and career training initiative of nearly $15 million is designed to provide unemployed workers in Missouri with the skills and the credentials they need in manufacturing fields that are becoming increasingly advanced in their use of technology.
The grant will go to a consortium of 10 community colleges in Missouri; including St. Louis Community College, St. Charles Community College and East Central College. The training will combine hands-on and online instruction, weaving basic skills into technical course work.
The federal funds are part of a nationwide program announced last month that includes 54 grants covering nearly 300 schools.
Missouri’s manufacturing sector has seen an increase in recent months, adding 4,900 jobs since August. This grant aims to continue that growth.