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Webinar: Missouri's Job Centers of the Future Initiative
Thursday, April 15, 2021, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CDT
Category: Professional Development

Last year Missouri had historic low unemployment until March 13th. Missouri’s public workforce system had to quickly pivot to deploy resources and support to those economically impacted by COVID. On May 18th, Missouri’s Office of Workforce Development launched ReturnStrong in response to training and reemployment needs of the state. Further, Missouri’s Office of Workforce Development also engaged in reengineering the public workforce system through Job Centers of the Future. This transformative effort seeks to engage more job seekers, employers, and training providers through effective engagement.

Meet the Speaker

Director Mardy Leathers
Missouri Division of Workforce Development

Mardy Leathers was appointed to serve as the Director of the Missouri Division of Workforce Development in October 2017. Since his appointment, he has served an integral role in shaping novel and innovative models to expand apprenticeship and work-based learning programs in Missouri, played a key role in the state’s Talent for Tomorrow and Best in Midwest initiatives, and led the launch of an apprenticeship partnership with the United Kingdom.

Prior to becoming the Director of Workforce Development, he most recently served as Executive Director of the Center for Workforce Development at East Central College in Union, Missouri.  There, he played a key role in developing the statewide Community College Workforce Development Network and oversaw the college’s business and industry training efforts, community education, healthcare career certification and WIOA programs. Additionally, Leathers served as Crawford County, Missouri Clerk, holds a BS from Southeast Missouri State University, a MBA from William Woods University, and is a Doctor of Management candidate with Webster University.


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