The second annual Eldon Career Center (ECC) Apprenticeship Workshop took place October 22.

The second annual Eldon Career Center (ECC) Apprenticeship Workshop took place October 22.
Those in attendance were Registered Apprentices (RA) representing the Eldon Career Center and the Lake Career and Technical Center, along with Missouri Apprenticeship Team representatives from around the state. This team is comprised of the Director and RA Coordinator from ECC, Department of Labor, Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development (DHEDWD) and the Department of Secondary and Elementary Education.  The one-day workshop educates, informs and connects this large village of apprenticeship collaborators on their positions, responsibilities, expectations, and reporting requirements to complete the RA Certification. John Maxwell Leadership Coaches, Dan and Lori Shows share successful career readiness habits such as soft skills and problem solving.   Each apprentice receives a 42-page DISC personality assessment and a certificate of leadership completion.
The Registered Apprenticeship Program at ECC is one of the largest youth apprenticeship programs in Missouri and is funded by the Missouri Registered Apprenticeship Program Grant. Supplemental funding is also provided by TransPORTs. TransPORTs is a US Department of Labor national industry intermediary, one of only 8 in America.With a total of 43 apprentices, this program is gaining state and national attention.  Their efforts are garnering state and national attention for directly contributing to economic development in their communities.  
Chad Nugent of Thomas Construction and Kelly Gettinger of Lloyd Belt Automotive are proud of the work being conducted by their multiple Registered Apprentice employees. Shannon Imler of SPI Enterprises recently hired a third RA and is excited to benefit from their valuable contributions.  
Mrs. Cynthia Walker, Registered Apprenticeship Coordinator, will present program information to the Missouri School Counselors Association (MSCA) Conference November 3 at Tan-Tar-A. Her message will focus on educating counselors how to start and sustain a Registered Apprentice Program.  
"The success of this program is attributed to the industry relevant instructors and skilled students of our Career Centers," commented Walker. "The administration are visionaries who truly believe in this next generation of workers."
The Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development will be this year's featured program during National Apprenticeship Week at the Missouri Apprenticeship Summit. They will showcase their success by sharing a video production with attendees.  In addition to the conference, Walker will also be a speakers panel participant at the Missouri Apprenticeship Summit in Columbia on November 12.