FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 30, 2020
Contact: Katherine Trombetta
417-841-3389 or 417-880-6306
City Council Approves Bills to Aid Workforce Development
Three proposals were approved by Springfield City Council at their June 29 meeting, to support efforts of the Department of Workforce Development in helping unemployed workers retrain and find employment in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic
Interim Director Sally Payne presented the bills to council. The first provides an additional $100,000 in Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding for training of dislocated workers in the region. This funding comes from the U.S. Department of Labor through the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development.
The second bill authorizes funding issued by the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development in the amount of $6,615, for Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments performed by Job Center staff. The RESEA Program ensures that those filing unemployment claims receive services at the Missouri Job Center to help them become reemployed. Some of those services include development of an employment plan, job search assistance and work search verification.
The third bill provides funding in the amount of $11,874.10, from the Missouri Department of Corrections for the APPLIE program, administered by Job Center staff at the Ozarks Correctional Center and the Tipton Correctional Center. APPLIE, which stands for About Persons with Past Legal Issues in Employment, provides career training services for justice-involved individuals. Job Center staff travel to these correctional centers and conduct small group classes on professionalism, resume writing and interviewing, as well as connecting participants to resources such as banks, recovery and rehabilitation facilities, and family support services. These classes are usually held 60-90 days from release.
The Missouri Job Center reopened to the public on May 28. Job seekers are encouraged to come in for job search assistance or to find out more about retraining opportunities through the dislocated worker program. Regular business hours are 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.
For more information please contact Katherine Trombetta at 417-841-3389 or 417-880-6306, [email protected].
The Missouri Job Center is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services available to individuals with disabilities. MO TTY users may call 800-735-2966 or contact MO Relay at 711.