Workforce Development

The Regional Council operates the Missouri Job Center, which assists area businesses and job seekers with meeting the challenges of our economy. The Missouri Job Center is located on the first floor of the Regional Council’s office and is home to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Program staff.  Additionally, representatives from the Division of Workforce Development, Vocational Rehabilitation, Veteran's Services, Job Corps, and Experience Works meet with customers by appointment only at this site.

Missouri Job Center & Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Programs

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act places greater emphasis on streamlining of services to business and job seekers.  Customer choice, quality customer service and training individuals for local, in-demand occupations and customer service are the focus on Missouri Job Center services.

Resource Room

The Missouri Career Center is open to the general public 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday to help businesses and job seekers with their workforce development needs.

Businesses may stop by or call to place their job openings on www.jobs.mo.gov.  Employers can further learn about training options available for newly hired employees and reserve space for a hiring event, job interview or meeting with potential employees at a neutral location.

Job Seekers are welcome anytime during open hours and may use the Resource Room to search for jobs, work on resumes and cover letters, practice interviewing skills, and file UI claims.  They may also meet with a Career Counselor to learn about Career Exploration tools and training available in the area.

Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs

Individuals interested in attending training can meet with a Career Counselor to determine if they are eligible to receive financial assistance for an approved training program.  For those who qualify, financial assistance with tuition, books and fees, as well at transportation, child care and other supportive services while attending training may be available. 

Job seekers may also be interested in the On-the-Job Training program, which allows individuals to learn new job duties on-site with a local employer and helps cover some of the training costs for the employer. 

WIOA Youth Program

Funded by the Workforce Investment Act and administered by the Regional Council, the Youth Program is designed to help young adults reach educational and career goals.  Through community-building activities and incentive programs, the Youth Program seeks to increase confidence and encourage achievement for all who participate.

To be eligible to participate in the Youth Program an individual must be between the ages of 16 and 24, and meet household income requirements. In addition, youth must be experiencing one or more of the following barriers to achievement: high school drop-out, runaway, homeless, foster child, pregnant or parenting, offender, deficient in basic literacy skills, or require other assistance to complete an educational program and/or keep a job.

If a youth has been determined eligible to participate in the program, the following services may be available:

  • Tutoring, Study Skills Training and Instruction—assistance with studying to ensure participants graduate and avoid dropping out of school
  • Alternative Secondary School Enrollment—if a traditional education is not right for the participant, we can help explore other options
  • GED Assistance
  • Career Planning—participate in activities that will help youth establish goals and occupational plans
  • Summer Employment/Work Experience Opportunities—learn valuable  job skills while earning a paycheck
  • Leadership Development Opportunities—discover leadership qualities through community service and group activities that encourage responsibility and other positive habits
  • Supportive Services—youth may be eligible to receive financial assistance for child care, transportation costs or other expenses while participating in the program
  • Incentives—youth may be eligible to receive  incentives for reaching education milestones  and/or keeping a job 

For more information about Job Center services, please contact Rita Wallinga at the (660) 582-8980.

Northwest Missouri Regional Council of Governments
114 W. Third St. | Maryville, MO 64468
Phone: (660) 582-5121     |     Fax: (660) 582-7264