Job Skills for New Careers

Initiatives and Impact

Initiatives & Impact

Job Skills for New Careers

Empower members of our communities who are working hard but not getting ahead.

Every day, hundreds of hardworking people in Eastern Jackson County get up, get their kids to school, and go to work at low-wage jobs. Many people work multiple jobs to make ends meet, are living paycheck to paycheck, and are stuck in the cycle of poverty.

The new Truman Heartland Community Foundation community initiative, Job Skills for New Careers, aims to help improve the economic status of families in Eastern Jackson County and break the cycle of poverty by providing a pathway to higher paying, in-demand careers through job skills training, financial coaching and mentorship.

The result of conversations with our caring fundholders and months of research, Job Skills for New Careers is a collaboration with four key organizations: Community Services League, Herndon Career Center, Mid-Continent Public Library and University of Central Missouri. This initiative will utilize each organization’s unique assets to offer trainings in fields that pay living wages and are in high demand in the region, including healthcare, information technology and skilled industrial trades.

Download the Job Skills for New Careers Proposal

Our Partners and Their Expertise

Community Services League

CSL currently provides job skills training along with wraparound support services including financial coaching, income supports and employment counseling through its Bridges to Career Opportunities program. Job Skills for New Careers will utilize CSL’s expertise in enrolling participants, managing wraparound support service delivery, and tracking program outcomes. CSL’s Certified Nursing Assistant training will be offered through Job Skills for New Careers.

Herndon Career Center

Herndon has robust technical education programming for students from six local school districts and wants to expand to serve adult learners. Job Skills for New Careers will enable Herndon to begin offering adult learning opportunities and will capitalize on Herndon’s existing relationships with employers to ensure successful job placement for participants. Job Skills for New Careers will offer Herndon’s Introduction to Industrial Careers training.

Mid-Continent Public Library

Mid-Continent offers extensive online education resources as well as convening locations and expertise throughout Eastern Jackson County. The library’s education resources include an online high school diploma program for participants needing to complete high school in order to move forward in their career training. Library branches will serve as convenient locations to offer Job Skills for New Careers information and enrollment sessions. Mid-Continent can also offer children’s programming at the same time as these informational sessions to help reduce the childcare barrier for parents interested in attending.

University of Central Missouri

UCM currently offers a broad array of technical job training opportunities and also has existing relationships with area employers. Additionally, students who qualify can receive funding through the Full Employment Council for trainings through UCM. Job Skills for New Careers will offer trainings in medical fields through UCM, such as medical billing, pharmacy tech and phlebotomy.

Certification Trainings Offered in First Year

We plan to offer the following training programs through our partner organizations during the first year of Job Skills for New Careers. Additional trainings may be added as further funding is secured. 

  • CNA 
  • Introduction to Industrial Careers 
  • Other Medical Certifications such as medical billing, pharmacy tech, phlebotomy, etc.


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