A local job center has moved to better serve its community. The Missouri Job Center serving the Lake of the Ozarks opened at its new location August 30, 2018. At 246 E. US Highway 54, the facility is easy to find, located in the big yellow building right next to the Camdenton McDonalds.

A local job center has moved to better serve its community. The Missouri Job Center serving the Lake of the Ozarks opened at its new location August 30, 2018. At 246 E. US Highway 54, the facility is easy to find, located in the big yellow building right next to the Camdenton McDonalds.

According to job center officials, the location was moved from Linn Creek to this spot to provide a more convenient site for clients — helping get more people working.

“So not only are we reaching more people, but we are now at a more convenient location. Our mission is to assist as much of the public as we can at their convenience. This move will allow us to do just that,” said Jaci Howard with the local office of the MJC.

This facility offers an array of services across age levels including job search assistance, unemployment insurance assistance, training programs, tuition assistance and supportive services for approved WIOA program participants. The first reform of the public workforce system in 15 years, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 helps match employers with the skilled workers they need as well as providing training for adults, dislocated workers and youth and more. WIOA Youth service ages 14-24 and WIOA Adult service ages 18 and up. 

The MJC also offers several free workshops to help job seekers find employment — things like resume preparation, interviewing, job applications and computer basics.

The WorkKeys Assessment is also administered at MJC. This assessment was implemented in recent years to benefit both employers and workers, providing a certification tool helping workers prove basic workforce skills in applied math, reading for information and locating information. Both high school students and adults can participate. It is also to help identify training needs and promotional opportunities within businesses.

Overall career guidance is also offered at the job center for those looking for a better-fitting job and career path.

The Changing Room has also moved with the MJC. Modeled on the popular Dress for Success programs, this clothes closet offers free professional clothes, aimed at helping unemployed local residents going on interviews or who are perhaps just starting new jobs. It offers interview clothing, work attire, shoes and accessories. It opened in January 2018 and operates through donations of men’s and women’s lightly used professional clothing.

Call (573) 346-1766 for more information on services or to see about donating to The Changing Room. You can also find them on Facebook.