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Making a World of Difference

December 1, 2021

A Letter From the President

We are in the final month of 2021, and I am more than pleased with the accomplishments of the MAWD Board of Directors this year:

  • Hosted first virtual membership meeting
  • Amended the MAWD Bylaws
  • Completed the Board of Directors Manual
  • Hosted three (3) professional development webinars
    • Leadership Informed by Poverty
    • Tools to Handle COVID-Related Stress
    • Working with At-Risk Youth and Special Needs Population

The Professional Development Committee is currently working to identify the professional development needs of our membership and is ready to begin the RFP process for the 2022 MAWD Conference in Branson, April 27-29.

I am looking forward to attending the 2021 Youth Development Symposium December 6-8 in Chicago, IL with NAWDP. If you are not a member of the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals, I encourage you to visit www.nawdp.org and learn more about membership benefits at both the state (MAWD) and national (NAWDP) levels.

NAWDP offers the Certified Workforce Development Professional (CWDP) credential, which has been validated by professionals across the nation in a variety of workforce settings as representative of the skills and competencies required for success in the industry. The CWDP designation offers recipients a nationally recognized, portable credential accepted as a valuable measurement tool by nearly 8 in 10 of those making hiring, promotion, salary, and bonus decisions. If you would like additional information, please feel free to reach out to  me at gammdk@marktwain.net.

Enjoy the holiday season.We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you for all your support in 2021.

All the best for 2022,

Dana Keller, Board President

Coursera is Back!

In October, Missouri’s Office of Workforce Development re-launched a partnership with Coursera to offer online course content to support Missourians increasing their skills.

OWD is offering this for 3,000 Missourians over the age of 18! Please encourage those who are interested to complete the online web form, and someone from the Virtual Learning Specialist Team will reach out within 24 hours!

These classes come from top universities and companies and many also provide a pathway to certifications allowing you to earn an industry-recognized professional certificate.

Coursera offers more than 4,000 cutting-edge courses, all taught by top instructors from over 200 leading universities and companies like Yale, University of Michigan, IBM and Google.

MAWD Conference: April 27-29, 2022

Be on the lookout for news about the upcoming MAWD Conference in Branson. We'll be releasing information in the coming weeks:

  • Requests for Proposals (RFP) for presenters and workshops
  • MAWD Scholarship for MAWD members and immediate family
  • MAWD Awards
    • Professional of the Year
    • Workforce Keystone
    • Partner Collaboration
    • Local Excellence in Partnership
Vist the MAWD website to learn more .

House Spotlight –

A Close Look at a MAWD Partner:

The Missouri Work Assistance Program

The Game: Briefly describe an overview of services offered by your agency?

The Missouri Work Assistance (MWA) Program assists Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) participants with employment and training needs.  The goal of the program is to help TANF participant get and keep a job to gain self-sufficiency.

MWA can help TANF participants with:

  • Short/long-term goals and career pathways
  • Trainings/Certifications
  • Interviewing skills
  • Create resumes
  • Get work experience
  • Connect with employers
  • Supportive services such as transportation or other work related expenses
  • Keep a job

The program is administered by the Department of Social Services, and MWA services are contracted and provided through community partners across the state.

  • Region 1/Northwest – Equus
  • Region 2/Northwest – MERS Goodwill Industries
  • Region 3/Kansas City & Vicinity – Local Investment Commission
  • Region 4/West Central- Equus
  • Region 5/Central – MERS Goodwill Industries
  • Region 6/St. Louis County & Vicinity – Better Family Life (BFL)
  • Region 6A/St. Louis City – Family and Workforce Centers of America (FWCA)
  • Region 7/Southwest – City of Springfield
  • Region 8/Ozark – Equus
  • Region 9/South Central – MERS Goodwill Industries
  • Region 10/Southeast – MERS Goodwill Industries
Who are the Players: Who can or does your agency serve?

We serve Family Support Division TANF participant. MWA is a member of the Workforce Initiatives Team (WIT) and has many programs to serve Missouri citizens.
Aces Up Your Sleeve: What is the best kept secret about your agency?

We are state-wide and our case managers make home visits. We can meet at other locations, and we offer transportation and work-related expenses reimbursement when a need is demonstrated.

Show Me the Money: What funding services should MAWD members be aware of?

A combination of federal and state funds – TANF Block Grant and Maintenance of Effort (MOE).

MWA contractors also braid funds whenever possible. 

Dealer's Choice: What is one thing we should know about your agency?

MWA helps participants achieve employment and training goals so they can start on the path to self-sufficiency. Regional agencies have many resources and community relationships to assist citizens with a multitude of needs.
Jalen White, MAWD 2020 Scholarship Recipient

Introducing the MoJobs Connect Mobile App. 

Access your MoJobs Account anytime, anywhere! 

With the MoJobs App, you can:

  • Search for jobs
  • Map jobs by current location
  • Share jobs on social media sites
  • Manage MoJobs message center messages
  • Sign into events
  • Create & edit resumes
  • Apply for jobs

You can download the the app for free. Available on Android and Apple devices.

Please Welcome:
Annie Herman

Annie is the new Department of Corrections Ex-Officio MAWD Board Member. She is the Assistant Division Director of Reentry and Educational Services for the Division of Rehabilitative Services.

Congratulations, Annie!

Annie Herman, Department of Correction MAWD Representative

MAWD Committee Chairs:

Alice Whalen
Public Information

Danielle Briot

Jenn Adams
Business Services & Marketing

Donna Brake
Professional Development

    2022 WIOA State Plan Public Comment Period

    Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the Governor of each State must submit a Unified or Combined State Plan to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor that outlines a four-year strategy for the State’s workforce development system. States must have approved Unified or Combined State Plans in place to receive funding for core programs. 

    View the 2022 WIOA State Plan here.(PDF Document)

    Public comments will be accepted for 45 days, ending Dec. 31, 2021. 

    Send all public comments to: MoWIOAPlan@dhewd.mo.gov 

    2021 NAWDP Youth Development Symposium

    NAWDP is returning to an in-person event for the 2021 Youth Development Symposium and we want to see you there! Mark your calendars to join us December 6-8, 2021 in Chicago, IL. Click here to visit the event page. 

    For general questions about the Youth Development Symposium, please email Grace Schierling at grace@nawdp.org