Through MoSTEMWINs, State Technical College of Missouri has been able to offer industry-recognized credentials, including the National Career Readiness Certificate, a Microsoft certification in Keyboarding, and a certificate of completion from the college focusing on knowledge of Word, Excel and Office.
In order to educate and help with outreach strong community partnerships are essential. One partnership that warrants highlighting is the collaboration with Missouri River Regional Library in Jefferson City. Claudia Schoonover, Director of MRRL and Nancy Wiley, Grant Manager at State Tech, have worked closely together to outreach grant opportunities to library patrons, various non-profit and faith based organizations, as well as the general community via advertising funded by the generosity of the Missouri River Regional Library.
MoSTEMWINs opportunities were featured in an advertisement displayed in the local newspaper; was also featured on a local radio talk show; and presented at various civic organization meetings.
“After the radio talk show, our phones were ringing non-stop" Wiley said.
The library also provided classrooms and computers, and participants received library cards, which allowed them to use library services to help reach their career goals.
In fact, the Missouri River Regional Library was so happy with the program that one of their own employees, Allen Templeton completed the program. Mr. Templeton is proud of what he has learned and says these skills will improve his life for the better.
“It pays to stay current with technology,” Templeton said. “This class helped me to stay current. I’ve been with computers for 50 years and the new PC’s mainframes are very different.”
The library also created a circular listing community resources like lodging and emergency shelters, food and free meal sources, transportation schedules, medical services, and employment assistance. This resource is extremely valuable to grant participants, and is now being distributed to every grant participant at the launch of each cohort.
State Tech continues to offer a FREE Computer Concepts program through MoSTEMWINs. This program offers eligible participants basic digital literacy training through stackable short-term credentials that can be combined toward earning a more advanced degree.
Thanks to the MoSTEMWINs grant program and our many dedicated supporters like the Missouri River Regional Library, State Tech has helped Missourians gain meaningful employment.