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Posted on: March 14, 2018

First Cohort of Change One Thousand Skills Academy to Graduate

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SPRINGFIELD, MO – Over the last five weeks, 28 job seekers have been learning the skills required to land a great job. The first class of the Change One Thousand Skills Academy will graduate from the program March 15 during a special graduation ceremony and hiring event 4 p.m. at the Springfield Art Museum, 1111 E. Brookside Dr.


Springfield City Manager Greg Burris will be speaking to the participants and their families. Participants will then be given a certificate of completion and get a chance to meet with employers after the event. This momentous occasion will allow participants and their families a chance to recognize the hard work and dedication they gave for the past five weeks. The public is welcome to attend and support the graduates.


“The experience of Change One Thousand is powerful; resulting in profound changes in attitude, performance, and fulfillment,” said Tricia Clark, a Change One Thousand instructor. “I look forward to hearing about how this group makes their workplaces, and communities, more effective.”


Change One Thousand was created after numerous conversations with manufacturing companies about the workforce trends that they were observing. Many employers noted that there was a lack of skilled employees and mentioned that soft skills were often lacking. Change One Thousand consists of a Skills Academy that has taught participants soft skills like resume writing and proper work etiquette and other more technical skills as designed by the employers at PIC East and taught in partnership with Bryan University instructors. At the end of the Academy, participants took the National Certified Work Readiness Test to determine their skills in areas like math, writing, and information gathering.


For information about the event, please contact Josh Klein, jklein@springfieldmo.gov, 417-841-3354.

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