Last week, St. Louis Community College launched STLCC Career Coach, EMSI’s online tool that connects a college’s programs to solid career opportunities.
But it wasn’t your everyday kickoff. STLCC also built a traveling version of the tool: a 36-foot computer- and Wi-Fi-equipped trailer that traveled throughout St. Louis with stops at the Missouri Botanical Garden and STLCC’s Forest Park campus on Wednesday. At the campus event, the STLCC Career Coach (check it out here) went live for the first time.
At the click of a mouse, St. Louisans now have free and ready access to real-time information about local employment — including how much jobs will pay, which industries have job openings, and which jobs will be needed in the future.
“There’s no shortage of open jobs in St. Louis,” said Rod Nunn, STLCC’s vice chancellor for economic development and workforce solutions. “The challenge is that people either don’t know about them, or they are unsure how to go about learning the right skills to get hired. We want people across the St. Louis region to use the STLCC Career Coach to help them find, train for, and fill the available jobs in our area.”
Beginning this month, the Career “Coach” will continue to visit local schools and events, including the Science Street Fair at the Missouri State Fair and the STLCC-Meramec campus for the Passport to Success event. (See the full schedule of the Coach’s appearances.)
“STLCC Career Coach will help people understand if they want to work in a certain industry, or even if the pay in a certain field will support their lifestyle. It gives you the inside knowledge to make the best decision for you,” said Donna Dare, STLCC’s vice chancellor for academic and student affairs. “As one of the area’s largest providers of education and workforce training opportunities, we can then step in to help start people on the path to their new job or industry. Through the new tool, we’re helping people make more informed decisions about their career and education plans.”
Career Coach is perfectly suited to St. Louis Community College. As Nunn observed: “Many of the job opportunities available are middle-skill positions — those that require more than a high school education, but not a full four-year college degree. With more than 100 degrees available, the college is in a unique position to offer the right training and education for these types of skills – allowing people looking for work or a change in careers to step right in and fill the open roles.”
If you have questions or would like to learn more about EMSI’s Career Coach, please contact Rob Sentz (firstname.lastname@example.org). You can also visit our Career Coach page or download a Career Coach brochure.