The Bureau of Labor Statistics is providing a very interesting look at the needs of the workforce for the next five years.
The BLS and many independent research reports tell us at least 50%, and as many as 65% of new jobs over the next five years will require something less than a four year degree. The strongest job growth is projected in the healthcare, construction, and personal care fields. These are generally well-paid, benefit rich employment opportunities.
Enter the Cape Girardeau Career & Technology Center. Fortunately we have this educational institution addressing our local needs. The CTC trains both high school students and adults. And they do it in so many ways.
The CTC offers several healthcare training programs including Certified Medical Technician, Respiratory Therapy, and Physical Therapist Assistant. And almost 20 technical offerings are available including those related to the auto industry, computer technology, electrical trades, industrial systems, and welding.
But that’s not all. The CTC has a testing & assessment center to help both businesses and potential employees be more successful. Also, the CTC partners with the SEMO Regional Industrial Training Consortium and Mineral Area College to address the education needs of existing business and industry.
This great partner, together with Southeast Missouri State University, gives our workforce a job competitiveness advantage over many other areas. I urge business and individuals alike to see what the CTC has to offer and to take advantage of the opportunity.