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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The City of Springfield Department of Workforce Development and the Missouri Job Center have partnered with a collaborative of educational institutions representing the Lumina Foundation to host a Springfield Area Career Exploration Event. The event is Thursday, April 14, 2016 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Missouri Job Center, 2900 E Sunshine St, Springfield, MO. The event is open to all current and past students at the participating educational institutions: Drury University, Evangel University, Ozarks Technical Community College, and Missouri State University. The event is free for all attendees, but pre-registration is required at www.springfieldmo.gov/lumina.
Current and past students of the participating organization are invited to the event where they will learn the best suited career pathways based on their strengths and interests, resources available through all participating Career Centers, and a job outlook in the area. After the initial welcome at 3:00 pm, attendees will be invited to take a career pathway assessment, register with the Missouri Job Center, create a resume, or network with participating organizations' Career Centers to learn of the valuable resources available. The Missouri Job Center will then give a presentation at roughly 4:00 pm. The presentation will include data and information showing the growth of industries in the Springfield Area to assist students in choosing a career pathway, which fits their strengths and salary requirements, and also presents the greatest opportunity for success upon graduation. The event is in support of the Lumina Foundation's mission through a portion of the grant dedicated to identify and enhance components of each campus’s retention and transition programs by connecting students both to campus career centers and Missouri Job Center.
Lumina Foundation’s mission is to expand access and success in education beyond high school, particularly among adults, first-generation college students, low-income students and students of color. This mission is directed toward reaching Goal 2025—to increase the proportion of Americans with high-quality post-secondary degrees and credentials to 60 percent by the year 2025. Lumina Foundation’s Community Partnership for Attainment aims to deepen the impact of cross-sector, place-based efforts to increase higher education attainment in communities and cities across the country.
For more information, please contact Communication Coordinator Megan Short at 417-841-3386 or [email protected]