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Job Training

St. Charles convention center
Corinne Ruff | St. Louis Public Radio

ST. CHARLES — U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt wants to increase job training programs in the state and seek more foreign trade partners.

The Republican Missouri senator spoke about jobs and the economy Friday at the 61st annual Governor’s Conference on Economic Development in St. Charles.

Members of the Regional Business Council and Civic Progress present a $900,000 check to provide job training opportunities for youth programs. The investment aims at improving public safety.
Chad Davis | St. Louis Public Radio

Civic Progress and the Regional Business Council will provide $900,000 dollars to several local organizations in an attempt to bolster public safety.

The announcement made Wednesday aims at increasing job training opportunities for at-risk youth in St. Louis. 

Five organizations will receive investments, including the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Better Family Life, Inc., STL Youth Jobs, The Little Bit Foundation and the North Side Community School. Each organization has programs aimed at young people for job training or education.

Sparkle Burns, a community coach with Jobs Plus, entertains Kylie Short while the 9-month-old's mother works on her resume at Clinton-Peabody's Al Chappelle Center in December 2015.
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This time last year, Sparkle Burns sometimes had to go to a food pantry to make sure there was dinner on her table.

But with the help of a new job training program at her public housing complex, the single mom was able to get her daughter into the Head Start program, where she also found a part-time job as a community coach.

Then in April she landed a full-time job — with benefits — at an accounting firm.

Workforce development specialist Darryl Jones teaches a class for the Save Our Sons program in north St. Louis County.
Durrie Bouscaren | St. Louis Public Radio

For two years, Tyrell Stalling sent off job applications to no avail. Sometimes, he was homeless.

“At one point I took all the resumes I did and just threw them away. Because I was like, there’s no help. This world is just unfair,” Stalling said. Stalling is one of 114 men who this year have completed a new job training effort by the Urban League.

BJC Healthcare is in middle of a large construction project employing a lot of workers.
file photo | Provided by BJC HealthCare

Unemployed minorities and females looking to enter the construction industry in the St. Louis region now have a new training option.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 10, 2012 - At St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley Wednesday morning, a lot of people talked about the importance of training laid-off workers for the manufacturing jobs opening up across the United States.

But state Rep. Clem Smith has firsthand knowledge of the problem and the solution.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 25, 2012 - Donors have stepped forward to begin a campaign to keep Go! Network from shutting down on June 26, said Roni Chambers, executive director of the nonprofit that helps unemployed white-collar St. Louisans re-start their careers.

Funding had dried up for the program, which has reached about 4,300 individuals since its first meeting in February 2009, said Chambers, who volunteers her time as the only full-time staffer at Go!

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 19, 2012 - Missouri and Illinois are among six states chosen to take part in a nationwide program designed to help teens complete high school, then find their way to training that will lead to a good job.

Both states will be taking part in the Pathways to Prosperity Network, a collaboration between the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Jobs for the Future. Chris Nicastro, commissioner of education for Missouri, said the program is particularly needed in this time of persistent high unemployment.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 29, 2011 - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is traveling the state this week to highlight training for 4,600 new jobs that will be available for Missourians in health care fields via $20 million in federal money awarded under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant Program.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 6, 2010 - A $3.2 million grant to retrain Missouri's dislocated auto and auto-related workers for jobs in the energy-efficiency and clean-energy sectors was announced Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Democratic Reps. William Lacy Clay and Russ Carnahan of St. Louis joined U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis in a teleconference call to announce the grant to the UAW Labor Employment and Training Corp. The grant was authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.