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Missouri job training programs.

The free employment programs available to residents of Missouri are extensive. The unemployed and people making a career change can sign up for job training, receive assistance with starting a career or  finding a new job, and more. Assistance is offered from highly trained specialists at Career Centers across Missouri listed below.

A number of job development and training programs are offered at the centers. Examples of them are as follows. All of them are free to access and use. Advice, resources, and other career support in Missouri is free of charge.

List of free job training and placement services

Career assessment and exploration tools are provided by staff. They will assist you and provide clients with tools that can be used to measure and understand abilities, your skills, knowledge, strengths and interests. All of this is done in an effort to help people find the job and career path that is right for you.

Free job search assistance is provided from Missouri Career Centers. Counselors can help clients achieve their employment goals. Get help with creating resumes as well as discovering and applying for positions. Staff can also with reviewing other commercial and government job search websites, which may be helpful to your particular requirements.

Work on obtaining the National Career Readiness Certificate. This will be used to verify your skills to employers anywhere in the state of Missouri or really across the United States.

Resume services are available. Your local Career Centers and the staff that work there offer software for the public to use. You can get assistance with developing a top notch, professional resume that stands out.

Basic Computer Skills classes and workshops are offered. It includes everything from using the keyboard to creating and saving files to accessing the internet.




Missouri Career centers can also partner with non-profit agencies on computer programming as well as other high tech skills. Residents of Missouri can learn how to build websites, code, program, and so much more. Find details on free coding classes near you.

Career Networking workshops will teach people with the benefits of effective and strategic networking. Learn how interpersonal resources and contacts could lead to a new job.

Workshops can help customers brush-up their job seeking skills. Additional services are provided to those who are unemployed and have been laid-off.

Career centers have information on numerous job training programs that are available from the federal government and state of Missouri. Among other things, they can help career changers and/or the unemployed gain new skills, certifications, and experience.

At the centers you can access copiers, computers, printers, scanners, fax machines, and telephones at no charge. All of these can be used to help people search for and apply for job openings.

Get Occupational Skill or on the Job Training at a university, college or other educational facility.

On-the-Job Training programs can provide people with some form of wages and/or health benefits while learning a new skill and gaining experience. One major offering is the WorkReady Missouri Program, which is for the currently unemployed.





Numerous workshops are held. They give people the practical guidance you need to get on the career path of your dreams. Workshops cover Career and Networking, Résumé Preparation, the Interview Process, and Basic Computer Skills. Going on interviews can be stressful, so the agencies give tips for interviewing

Staff are ready, able, and willing to provide people with personal, one on one attention. They are trained to partner with clients in an effort to assist them with identifying long term career goals. This also includes defining your current skill set and experiences.

The state offers individuals the ability to receive the National Career Readiness Certificate. This can be obtained from any local Missouri Career Center. It is great to show potential employers that you have both the initiative and skills needed to help them meet their need. It will address such skills as Applied Math, Locating Information, and Reading. These are just three of the skills that are highly desirable to employers when considering candidates for either promotions or new hires.

Well trained staff and even some volunteers are available to help individuals prepare to earn the NCRC certificate. This will mostly be done by utilizing internet-based courseware. People can work towards the NCRC using these tools 24 hors per day, seven days per week, as long as you have internet access.

Career assessments can help people explore their interests and current abilities. If you are facing a job loss, seeking career advancement, or looking for a different job, an assessment can be the first step of a new beginning on a different path. The free assessments available at the job centers can help people both define and understand strengths and interests, transferable skills, abilities and knowledge.

The Missouri Career Centers offer clients with nationally recognized assessment tools plus direct assistance from staff that can be used to help individuals get the most from the exploration tools. Some examples of those tools include O*NET, WIN Initial and KeyTrain Quick Assessments, as well as Missouri Connections. Among other things they will help people research educational/training institutions and assist with locating exciting opportunities and which best match the applicants capabilities.

Resume workshops are offered and they are critical in promoting yourself when looking for a job. Many times it will be the difference between getting an interview and being overlooked. The Career Centers offer access to software, workshops, and the knowledge of experienced staff to help you develop a professional resume. A more advanced tool known as Optimal Resume is also an option for certain clients.





Of course federal government funded training programs are available. These can help job seekers gain the skills needed to either get a job or maybe even start a new career. They can support eligible job seekers that have been laid off. It can, among other things, provide funds and grants to clients to train at a college, university, or other educational facility in Missouri. Funding sources and grants can be issued by the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs or Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA).

Employment programs for youth, immigrants, veterans and agricultural workers

More information is below on resources in Missouri for people of different backgrounds. However the youth, immigrants, people looking for gig work and non-traditional employment can use non-traditional ways to make money. Everything from selling stuff online to YouTube, online surveys and so much more. As one example, find details on selling electronics for money.

The Missouri Division of Workforce Development has staff dedicated to assisting members of the military and veterans with employment services and career transition. While priority will be given to all ex members of the military, a even higher focus is offered from the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program. Call 573-526-9762.

Local Veteran’s Representatives are available at all centers and provide personalized assistance including some or all of the following.

  • Testing and counseling through case management.
  • Identification of training and employment opportunities and direct referrals to jobs.
  • Transitional and maybe financial assistance to separating service members.
  • Staff will help you with monitoring open job listings from federal government contractors to ensure eligible veterans get priority referrals to all open positions.

Youth services, which are available for people under the age of 21, include skills assessment and upgrade opportunities. Other assistance includes work readiness instruction, GED attainment, high school completion and post secondary learning opportunities. Apply for both paid and unpaid work experience. Many employers in Missouri also offer summer employment opportunities directly linked to academic and occupational learning.

Agricultural Services, including assistance for migrants and farm workers are offered. Career Centers in Missouri offer outreach services, information on available employment and training services to farm workers.

Migrant Education Programs include MELL, or the Missouri English Language Learners. This will, among other things, make an effort to identify every migrant family moving into the state and assures that school aged children are placed into the appropriate school system. Other services include instruction in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Preschool programs, Tutoring, and even Health referrals.





Locations of job and career centers in Missouri

The main address is 2900 East Sunshine
Springfield, Missouri 65804
(417) 887-4343

2720 Shepherd Hills Expwy, Suite B
Branson, Missouri 65616-8103
Phone: (417) 334-4156

Address: 2639 South Jefferson Avenue Suite 1
Lebanon, MO 65536-5205
Phone - (417) 532-6146

Camdenton County job center
204 Business Park Road
Linn Creek, MO 65052
(573) 346-1776

Address is 730 South Wall Avenue
Joplin, Missouri 64801-4542
Dial (417) 629-3000

Location is 621 E Highland Ave Ste 3
Nevada, MO 64772-1022
(417) 448-1177

1661 North 2Nd Street
Clinton, MO 64735-1193
Main phone number - (660) 885-5541

3417 Division Drive, Suite 1
West Plains, MO 65775-5789
(417) 256-3158

Main location - 1202 Forum Drive
Rolla, Missouri 65401-2562
Call (573) 364-7030

215 East 5Th Street
Sedalia, MO 65301-4506
(660) 530-5627

1716 Four Seasons Drive, Suite 101
Jefferson City, MO 65101-1815
Dial (573) 526-8115

Address: 1500 Vandiver Drive, Ste 115
Columbia, Missouri 65202-1921
(573) 882-8821

Kansas City South Office
6801 A Longview Road
Kansas City, MO 64134-3315
Main phone - (816) 325-1000
Thousands of customers use this location every year. They are a great resource for training opportunities and job openings in the Kansas City region.





Address: 802 State Route 13
Lexington, MO 64067-1516
(660) 259-4671

The employment center is at 15301 East 23Rd Street South
Independence, MO 64055-1698
Main phone: (816) 325-5890

Kansas City FEC - Paseo Location
1740 Paseo
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
(816) 471-2330

Address of center is 1108 Washington Sq Shop Center
Washington, MO 63090-5304
Phone: (636) 239-6703

111 Steinhagen Road
Warrenton, Missouri 63383-2103
Main phone: (636) 456-9467

403 A Parkway Drive
Park Hills, MO 63601-3170
Call the center at (573) 518-2431 for hours.

Northland HRC (Maple Woods/Gladstone)
3100 N.E. 83Rd St Ste 1201
Kansas City, Missouri 64119-4465
(816) 437-3635

Main address: 1903 Northwood
Poplar Bluff, Missouri 63901-2425
Telephone number to dial for intake is (573) 840-9595
Assistance is offered for the unemployed, seniors, youth, veterans, and everyone looking to start a career.

3675 West Outer Rd Ste 102
Arnold, MO 63010-5231
Phone: (636) 287-8909

St. Charles County
Address: 212 Turner Boulevard
St. Peters, MO 63376-1079
(636) 255-6060

601 W. Mohawk
Chillicothe, MO 64601-3919
(660) 646-0671

1100 South By-Pass, Suite 2
Kennett, MO 63857-3738
Primary phone: (573) 888-4518

St. Louis City Central - Delmar
Main address: 4811 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108-1732
(314) 877-0916

Saint Louis County North Oaks
26 North Oaks Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63121-2911
Call (314) 381-6700





SLATE branch in St. Louis City region
Main address is 1520 Market Street Room 3050
St. Louis, Missouri 63103-2022
Telephone - (314) 589-8000

Florissant-Saint Louis County
4040 Seven Hill Dr Suite 166
Florissant, MO 63033-6770
(314) 475-7900

301 South 7Th Street
St. Joseph, MO 64501-2284
Main phone: (816) 387-2380

Job center is at 203 North 6th Street
Hannibal, MO 63401-3412
Call (573) 248-2520 to speak to a career counselor.

202 S. Kingshighway
Sikeston, Missouri 63801-2946
Telephone number - (573) 472-5250
Numerous career counseling services are offered. Also access the free use of a a computer, register for job training, and take other workshops.

1737 North Kingshighway
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
(573) 290-5766

2105 East Normal Street
Kirksville, MO 63501-3322
Call the center at (660) 785-2400

Main address 114 West 3Rd Street
Maryville, Missouri 64468
Call (660) 582-8980


By Jon McNamara

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