Gov. Jay Nixon visited Moberly Area Community College (MACC) on Thursday, October 21, to review and discuss the progress of the college’s job-training programs that were funded, expanded and upgraded by Training for Tomorrow. Gov. Nixon established the $12 million, statewide Training for Tomorrow initiative to get Missourians trained and working quickly in high-demand fields.
"After sitting down with business leaders, it was clear that we needed to ramp up our training efforts to get Missourians back to work," Gov. Nixon said. "Through Training for Tomorrow, we're preparing Missourians for the jobs of the future by training them in high-growth, high-demand fields, like health care, computers and automotive technology. Before Training for Tomorrow, our community colleges simply didn't have the resources to create or expand these critical programs. Training for Tomorrow helped do just that, and these programs are making a real difference for workers across Missouri."
Through Training for Tomorrow, Gov. Nixon awarded more than $696,000 to expand several high-demand programs at MACC, including the college's bridge program at its Kirksville Higher Education Center for Licensed Practical Nurses to become Registered Nurses; Intermediate Emergency Medical Technician training; Certified Phlebotomist training; Certified Nursing Assistant training; Microsoft Office Specialist certification; and American Welding Society certification. The college is using those funds to purchase new equipment for these programs; hire additional faculty members; and expand enrollment by offering programs at multiple locations.
During Thursday’s visit in Moberly, the Governor met with Associate Professor Susan Burden and students in the Business and Office Technology program. Training for Tomorrow funds have been used to update the program curriculum and software to teach the Microsoft Certified curriculum. College officials also detailed how Training for Tomorrow funds are being used for equipment and new staff in the other programs being expanded.
Under Training for Tomorrow, which Gov. Nixon officially kicked off in December 2009, member institutions of the Missouri Community College Association partnered with the government of the county in which they are located to apply for grant dollars to develop or expand programs to train Missourians in high-demand technical fields, such as veterinary and pharmacy technicians, EMTs and nursing aides or skilled craftsmen.
The Missouri Department of Economic Development administers Training for Tomorrow. Funding for the grants is from the Second Supplemental Disaster Recovery Community Development Block Grant, a federal program to assist with economic recovery efforts.
In addition to Moberly Area Community College, other community colleges received the following grants from Training for Tomorrow:
• Crowder College in Neosho, $758,112;
• East Central Community College in Union, $769,000;
• Jefferson County Community College in Hillsboro, $871,000;
• Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City, $2,221,660;
• Mineral Area Community College in Park Hills, $380,000;
• North Central Community College in Trenton, $470,831;
• Ozarks Technical Community College in Ozark, $1,157,525;
• St. Charles Community College, $1,149,973;
• St. Louis Community College, $2,060,338;
• State Fair Community College in Sedalia, $718,500; and;
• Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff, $747,050.