SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- (2/8/2018) Over the next three years, Change One Thousand seeks to better equip 1,000 individuals by teaching them practical skills to take on jobs in the workforce.
Despite Springfield having one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, many people in the community are still searching for work. That's why Change One Thousand is hoping to connect individuals with career opportunities that will last them long-term.
"It's focused on pre-employment training skills and to help them develop the skills they need to move into good jobs," said Mary Ann Rojas, the Director of Workforce Development for the City of Springfield.
The program will feature four weeks of classes through the organization's Skills Academy and ending with a job fair where individuals can connect with future employers.
"It really addresses those key areas that employers are really challenged with these days in trying to recruit workers and trying to hire qualified applicants," said Rojas.
With classes that will be directed towards many different fields of work, Change One Thousand not only seeks to help people be prepared but also be passionate about their future.
"I'm very excited about it. This is a good way to move forward in the job industry. Hopefully I'll be placed somewhere, someplace I can offer them something and they can offer me something," said Cherie Marshall, one of the Change One Thousand students.
While the organization does not guarantee students a job after graduating from the program, it does promise they will be more prepared and more equipped for their future endeavors.
The organization launched their pilot program today, however, they will be hosting more classes in the near future. To find out how you can apply for this program, click here.