Job Skills for New Careers

Initiatives and Impact

Initiatives & Impact

Job Skills for New Careers

Help our community on the path to recovery. Empower people who are working hard but not getting ahead.

Lower income families have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Many low-wage restaurant and retail employees - who were barely making ends meet before the pandemic - are struggling to return to work.

The new Truman Heartland Community Foundation community initiative, Job Skills for New Careers, is the opportunity they need to recover and get on the path to jobs that are in-demand even during this crisis, including jobs in healthcare, technology and industrial trades.

This strategic partnership is focused on helping improve the economic status of families in Eastern Jackson County by providing a path to better paying, in demand careers and resource to help them build financial stability in their lives.

The result of conversations with our caring fundholders and months of research, Job Skills for New Careers is a collaboration with four key organizations: Community Services League, Herndon Career Center, Mid-Continent Public Library and University of Central Missouri. This initiative uses each organization’s unique assets to offer trainings in fields that pay living wages and continue to be in high demand in the region.

Download the Job Skills for New Careers Proposal

Our Partners and Their Expertise

Community Services League

CSL currently provides job skills training along with wraparound support services including financial coaching, income supports and employment counseling through its Bridges to Career Opportunities program. Job Skills for New Careers will utilize CSL’s expertise in enrolling participants, managing wraparound support service delivery, and tracking program outcomes. CSL’s Certified Nursing Assistant training will be offered through Job Skills for New Careers.

Herndon Career Center


Mid-Continent Public Library


University of Central Missouri


Certification Trainings Offered in First Year

The following Job Skills for New Careers training programs are being offered through our partner organizations. Additional trainings may be added as further funding is secured. 

  • CNA 
  • Introduction to Industrial Careers 
  • Other Medical Certifications such as medical billing, pharmacy tech, phlebotomy, etc.


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