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Posted on: April 3, 2023

Open Enrollment Begins for Apprenticeship Building America Grant

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April 3, 2023
Contact: Katherine Trombetta
417-880-6306 or [email protected]


Open Enrollment Begins for Apprenticeship Building America Grant

The City of Springfield Department of Workforce Development announces open enrollment into the Apprenticeship Building America training program, a $3 million grant funded by the U.S. Department of Labor. The grant aims to serve 1,275 apprentices over the next three years in a 10-county region around Springfield. 

Registered apprenticeships are now available in healthcare, public safety, education, manufacturing, renewable energy, information technology, construction, transportation/distribution and logistics. The apprenticeship model combines classroom learning with hands-on experience and provides wages to the apprentice while providing a nationally recognized credential from the Department of Labor.

“Registered apprenticeships are a win-win for all parties involved,” said Ericka Schmeeckle, Interim Director of Workforce Development. “Whether you are new to the workforce or wanting to start a new career after being in the workforce for a while, we have numerous opportunities for all individuals no matter your background,” Schmeeckle added. 

“We are also looking for companies and organizations willing to partner with us and start registered apprenticeship programs. So much of what companies are already doing by way of internships and on-the-job training programs can be turned into registered apprenticeships,” Schmeeckle said.

Residents in Barry, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Greene, Lawrence, Polk, Stone, Taney and Webster counties are eligible to enroll in this program. To find out more or enroll visit

For more information please contact Communications Coordinator Katherine Trombetta at 417-880-6306 or [email protected].



The Apprenticeship Building America Grant is a $3 million grant awarded to the City of Springfield, Department of Workforce Development and is 100% funded by the U.S. Department of Labor.


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