Missouri’s Governor Visits Joplin, Pushes Fast Track Program

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It’s called Fast Track and it’s currently being considered by the Missouri Senate, after already passing through the Missouri House. If passed, the bill would create a financial program targeting adults looking to reskill and skill up in high-demand fields. Governor Parson says 65-70% of Missourians don’t have a college degree and this program would give them the ability to develop the skills needed when new businesses come in looking for workers.

“This is a huge concern for our state and for the future and to me if you care about that next generation, this is an important piece of legislation, that we give them the opportunity to go inthe workforce and be productive citizens,” Parson says.

“We love the idea, Fast Track is a great opportunity for us in Carthage to help our community and this program will help,” says Carthage Schools Superintendent Dr. Mark Baker.

Parson says programs similar to this have shown successful in other states. He originally asked for $22 million for Fast Track, but the house only wants to allocate $18 million for the project. It’s not clear if the state senate will want to cut more funding from the project.

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