Top State for Workforce Development and Customized Training

Missouri understands that an educated and trained workforce is essential to success. As a result, Missouri offers traditional and non-traditional training options for workers and companies that allows employers to recruit a workforce that is customized to fit their needs. A key Missouri example in the aerospace and defense industry is the customized pre-employment training developed by Boeing and St. Louis Community College.

And across the state, aerospace and defense training programs are developing the talent pipeline needed for today’s aerospace and defense industry at Missouri’s Knowledge Centers for Aerospace which include:


These Centers connect talent and industry together in a real-world environment that moves the industry forward. The Center for Aerospace Manufacturing Technologies (CAMT) at Missouri S&T, for example, is a national center of excellence for the development and transition of innovative advanced technologies for the aerospace manufacturing supply chain. Its industrial consortium includes The Boeing CompanyGKN Aerospace, 3D-printing manufacturer Stratasys and other industry leaders.

In totality, 58 Missouri institutions offer aerospace and defense related degrees and certificates, 22 offer degrees in cybersecurity and 15 offer degrees in precision production. And when it comes to colleges offering degrees in engineering and engineering technology, there are 20 offering associates programs, 15 bachelors, 7 masters and 4 PhD.

Additionally the CyberUp! works extensively across Missouri to assist with workforce development.

We are extremely appreciative of this program!

We are extremely appreciative of this program!  DED and our LEA have done a great job simplifying the processes and have been extremely flexible with us.

– Jeff Heisler – Quaker Window Products Company
We gainfully trained a variety of employees on various topics

This grant provided opportunities to improve our company in ways that wouldn’t have been possible without it. Working with OTC Center for Workforce Development, we gainfully trained a variety of employees on various topics directly related to improving financial performance, quality, safety and employee relations.

– Travis Weathermon – SRC Automotive, Inc.
The State's Training Program has been very beneficial

The State’s Training Program has been very beneficial for Henkel in providing opportunities for increased skill development and the integration of new equipment.

– Carol Croft – Henkel US Operations, Inc.
Engineered Lubricants

We have been greatly served by our LEA. We have been exposed to training opportunities that have benefited our employees inside and outside of work.

– Erin Weber
We were able to increase our service offering

Because of this training program, we were able to increase our service offering adding an additional $4M in revenue so far in 2019 for Dynamics 365 Business Central, and Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations. We have been able to relocate multiple new employees to Missouri and we are now looking to add another office in Kansas City, Missouri.

– John Tocco – Turnkey Tech
Starting USA Corporation

The training opportunities we are able to provide our employees because of this program are critical to the success of our employees and ultimately to that of our company.

– Tina Gargas
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