Missouri Governor Mike Parson’s emphasis on workforce development could mean big things for schools in Southwest Missouri.
In his State of the State Address last week, Parson announced several million dollars of funding for workforce development. State Representative Dirk Deaton of Noel says while there are still some details to work out, he expects schools like Crowder College to be a big part of the conversation. Deaton says workforce development is key to the future of the Show Me State’s economy.
“We’ve got to make sure that we’re preparing our students and our citizens for the jobs of the twenty-first century, the jobs of tomorrow, whatever they might be,” says Deaton.
During the State of the State Speech, Governor Parson announced $22 million dollars of funding towards a new scholarship program named “Fast Track.” The governor says this will allow Missourians to receive training in high demand areas.
Along with that, he told the legislature tens million dollars of during would be used to fund a new program, called “Missouri One Start.” That program is aimed at assisting new and existing businesses with upgrading worker skills and developing workforce.