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Posted on: November 23, 2021

Department of Workforce Development Names Assistant Director

November 23, 2021
Contact: Katherine Trombetta, 417-880-6306
or [email protected]


 Department of Workforce Development Names Assistant Director

The City of Springfield Department of Workforce Development has named a new assistant director. Ericka (Combs) Schmeeckle has been promoted to the assistant director role. She has served in the public workforce system since 2015.

 “I am honored to begin this journey and hope to elevate the department’s profile in the community by diversifying funding streams to enhance our efforts in training and supporting the workforce,” said Ericka Schmeeckle.

 Ericka is a graduate of Lindsey Wilson College in Kentucky and began her career with the Department of Workforce Development three years ago as Program Coordinator for the Aspire Youth Program. Ericka has extensive experience in grant writing and program management.

 “I’m excited and grateful to have Ericka on the team. She brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership to the department as a whole and will be a great mentor to staff,” said Director of Workforce Development Sally Payne.

 The Department of Workforce Development, housed at the Missouri Job Center, provides resources and tools to assist job seekers in obtaining gainful employment. The Job Center also offers training programs to qualifying individuals in the areas of healthcare, IT, manufacturing, construction, and transportation/logistics.

 For media inquiries, contact Katherine Trombetta, 417-880-6306 or [email protected].


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