Census 2020

Green Hills counties have lower self-response rate for U.S. Census compared to national response rate

As of Thursday, September 24th, most of the Green Hills area counties had lower self-response rates for the United States Census than the national rate of 66.2% and the state rate of 65.4%. Only Livingston County had a self-response rate higher than the national and state rates. Livingston County’s rate was 67.5%. Linn County had […]

Fast Track Website

Fast Track application now open for 2020-21, new schools added to eligibility list

The 2020-21 application for the Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant is open, with more eligible institutions, and 15 new eligible program areas. Grant recipients can now spend their funds at Missouris non-profit private, as well as public, colleges, and universities. Fast Track, a state financial aid program, provides tuition assistance to adults over 25 years […]

Missouri Job Center Website

All Missouri Job Centers now open to the public, virtual services still available

The last remaining Missouri Job Center that was closed due to COVID-19 reopened to the public this week to help displaced workers find meaningful employment. The Warrenton Job Center opened Wednesday, Sept. 16. All Missouri Job Centers closed to the public in March when Gov. Mike Parson closed state office buildings due to COVID-19. Reopening […]

Coronavirus

Missouri to get rapid COVID-19 tests for long term care centers and schools

The federal government plans to deliver more than 150 million rapid COVID-19 tests around the country. Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) spokesperson Mallory McGowin says long term care centers and higher education and K-12 schools will be at the top of the priority list. She expects the tests to come to Missouri […]

Wright Memorial Hospital

Wright Memorial Hospital named “2020 Guardian of Excellence” award winner

Wright Memorial Hospital has been named a 2020 Guardian of Excellence Award winner by Press Ganey. The award recognizes top-performing health care organizations that have achieved the 95th percentile or above of performance in clinical quality. It’s the second year in a row that Wright Memorial Hospital received this award. The Press Ganey Guardian of […]

back to school

Governor Parson is pleased with start of school year, for K-12 and for higher education

Missouri’s governor says all of the state’s public schools are in session as of last week … some in-person, some online, and some with a hybrid model. Governor Mike Parson tells Capitol reporters that State Education Commissioner Dr. Margie Vandeven and state Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) Director Dr. Randall Williams met Wednesday […]

Economy

Survey shows economy improving in Missouri and Midwest

The economic picture is brightening for both Missouri and the Midwest. Creighton University’s August survey of supply managers and business leaders across the nine-state region finds the financial situation slowly improving. Economist Ernie Goss of Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska says the survey’s leading economic indicator for the region climbed. “The index from that survey […]

Job Opening or Now Hiring or Employment

State offers free training to 1,000 Missourians unemployed by COVID-19

The state is offering free online courses to 1,000 Missourians laid off or furloughed because of COVID-19. In a press release, the Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development says it has partnered with CompTIA, a nonprofit trade association, to provide the on-demand schooling. Enrollment is open through December 4 and the work can […]

National Education Association or NEA

National Education Association wants database of COVID-19 exposures in schools

The Missouri National Education Association says the state should make a centralized system for the public to see information about COVID-19 exposures in K-12 and higher education schools. It has sent a letter to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education calling on the agency to create one that would “regularly publish” the information and protect […]

Share The Harvest

Missouri Department of Conservation offering CWD sampling; encourages Share the Harvest

With deer hunting in Missouri opening for archery season on Sept. 15 and for firearms portions in the coming months, the Missouri Department of Conservation wants hunters, landowners, and others to know key information about chronic wasting disease (CWD) and the Department’s related efforts to limit the spread of CWD in Missouri deer by finding […]