The UM System Workforce Development Initiative supports statewide and local business, government and education efforts to enhance Missouri’s 21st-century workforce and ensure a vibrant, competitive economy. During an age of on-demand, online education and skill development, everyone must have access to the opportunities offered by the rapid pace of today’s technological innovations. As such, this initiative complements UM System efforts to expand broadband access — a tool as essential as electricity to ensure Missouri’s growth and opportunity.
The Workforce Development Initiative commits resources and research across its four universities to address these challenges. The initiative pulls together researchers and educators at the four universities to explore workforce development needs, efforts, and impacts in communities across our state. New partnerships will join technology and workforce training — preparing workers who can adapt to next-generation innovations and workforce needs and demands.
A UM System Workforce Development Team with faculty representatives from each university is currently working with partners across the state focused on these efforts.