Training Programs

The Missouri Job Center is a comprehensive one-stop for adult job training, youth training programs, career services and business services. The Job Center partners with local training providers in retraining those who are out of work and those who are just entering the workforce at no cost to the individual. Participants must meet guidelines to qualify. The Job Center is also supported by state staff from the Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development to ensure Missourians are workforce ready.

 Aspire Youth Program—This program assists youth and young adults, ages 14-24, in attaining education, training and work experience that leads to employment. Aspire staff work intensively with young people to identify strengths, as well as areas of need, focusing on long-term success.

 WIOA Adult/Dislocated Worker—Pays for training for individuals 18 and older, within the five highest growing job sectors within the Ozark Region: Healthcare, Construction, Manufacturing, IT, and Transportation/Logistics.

 Green for Greene—An EPA grant-funded, 5-week training program Offers free training in which participants earn 13 certifications in environmental-related careers. Participants will gain hands-on experience in a variety of fields, gaining the skills needed to be prepared to enter the workforce.

 America’s Promise—America’s Promise is a $3 million grant that aims to train 372 individuals in healthcare fields. The grant pays for training fees and tuition for Certified Nurse Assistant, Associates of Science in Nursing, Certified Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Tech, Phlebotomy and EMT-Basic. Training is provided through OTC.

 Missouri Works Together—Addresses the opioid crisis in Missouri with free training and provides paid work experience to work with those affected by opioids by becoming a Certified Peer Specialist, or other healthcare positions.

 Show-Me Heroes—Show-Me Heroes is an On-the-Job training program which benefits both Veterans and companies. If Veteran applicants with less than five years elapsed from their honorable discharge date are hired they may be eligible for training with the company for up to 1040 hours, of which the company is reimbursed half of their wages for the training period.  

 Apprenticeships—Apprenticeships are a career pathway in which participants obtain paid work experience, classroom instruction, and transferable credentials while employers develop their future workforce. A win-win relationship for both the employer and employee! There are more than 13,000 apprenticeship opportunities in the State of Missouri.

 Skill UP—For those who receive SNAP benefits (food stamps), free short-term training scholarships and employment assistance are available through this program.