A non-profit dedicated to creating a stronger workforce for Southeast Missouri.

The Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development (MDHEWD) has launched the Return Strong initiative aimed at strengthening Missouri’s Workforce as it bounces back from the economic impacts of COIVD-19. The Return Strong initiative was devised to achieve two main goals: to help Missourians skill up and get back to work, and to reopen Missouri’s public workforce system safely and responsibly.

Missourians are strong, resilient and ready to get back to business. The backbone of a healthy economic recovery depends on everyone’s willingness to help control the spread of COVID-19. The Show Me Strong Pledge is a voluntary commitment to take a few simple steps that will aid in protecting the well-being of all Missourians.

COVID-19 Job Impact Survey

COVID-19 has changed all of our lives. The State of Missouri needs input from individuals 18 and over. We need to know how you are doing during this time. The survey does not ask any information where we can identify who you are. We will use these results to determine where the needs are and how to help meet those needs. Also, a list of available resources to assist you are listed at the end of this survey.

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We believe in you.

We believe that you are capable of great things. That's why the Workforce Development Board was created, to provide you with the tools to succeed. Our goal is to connect you with advanced training opportunities and exciting new career pathways.

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We need your help!

Program dollars can only be utilized for those fully enrolled in one of our programs. As you can see, this has been life changing for many people in Southeast Missouri.

In the past year, we provided:


·       $670,000 in funding for higher education


·       $120,000 funding for on-the-job training


·       $130,000 in funding for our youth summer work program


Unfortunately a great need still exists. On occasion someone may need a Birth Certificate or Driver’s License, things we must have as part of eligibility documentation. Or a young adult may be ineligible for the program but need assistance paying for their HiSet test. Because they aren’t enrolled, we are unable to help them with this. By making a donation, you can help these people in our region become one step closer to self-sufficiency and success. If you are unable to donate, please consider hosting a fundraiser on our behalf. We have an expressed need for toiletries and hygiene products in addition to monetary donations. Products may be dropped off at one of the local Job Centers.

Contact Workforce Development Board of Southeast Missouri

760 S Kingshighway Suite C
Cape Girardeau, Cape Girardeau County 63703


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