A good job is a great start. This is the tagline of Change One Thousand Skills Academy, a new job-training program created by the City of Springfield Department of Workforce Development in partnership with the Ozark Region Workforce Development Board.
Director Mary Ann Rojas said the program, set to begin in February, will create pre-employment training opportunities for 1,000 individuals over the course of the next three years in the manufacturing, construction, transportation/logistics, IT and health care industries.
Training will be held at Missouri Job Center locations, partner organizations sites and The Fairbanks. Through existing partnerships and designated case managers, Chane One Thousand will be distinctly qualified to address the most common barriers to employment such as childcare, transportation, mental health, substance abuse, disabilities, and criminal background.