St. Charles Community College [SCC] has received grant funding from the U.S. Department of Labor to support its participation in the Missouri Apprenticeships in Manufacturing Program [MoAMP], a statewide initiative to improve the ability to deliver innovative pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship training programs.
MoAMP participants will learn skills and earn credentials, or degrees, that are expected to lead to high-demand, entry- and middle-skills occupations in the advanced manufacturing industry.
The Department of Labor apprenticeship grant totals about $12 million. About $1.1 million will go to St. Charles Community College.
“SCC will leverage these funds to assist local employer-partners in addressing high-demand workforce needs,” said Barbara Kavalier, Ph.D., president of St. Charles Community College. “Emerging employers like the Amazon Fulfillment Center and the FedEx Package Distribution Center are looking for more than 2,000 new employees. And, the proposed $1 billion investment in the General Motors Wentzville Plant will likely call for advanced training to support their technological enhancements. The apprenticeship grants will allow SCC to be in a good position to serve these and other employers when the time comes.”
Advanced manufacturing in Missouri represents 8.6% of total private sector employment with 202,419 workers across 9,727 establishments in 29 industries. From 2012-2017, Missouri’s manufacturing employment grew by 17,555.