St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger has opened two centers offering youths and young adults job training and help in finding work.
The Paddock Forest center at 6877 Parker Road in Spanish Lake and the MET Center at 6347 Plymouth Avenue in Wellston will serve people ages 16-29. The centers are located in communities marked by high poverty and unemployment. They will seek to train 3,000 people over the next two years.
“This is a comprehensive program that in addition to providing job training will also coach young people on writing resumes and preparing for interviews,” County Executive Steve Stenger said. “And once they find jobs, we will track their progress in order to gauge the program’s effectiveness.”
Participants will also have the chance to earn their High School Equivalency certification.
To fund the program, County Executive Stenger and the MET Center procured a $3 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Labor as part of the St. Louis Career Pathways Bridge initiative. This was a direct result of St. Louis County's Promise Zone designation.
The St. Louis County Division of Workforce Development has worked with the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE) and the Family Workforce Centers of America (FWCA) to establish the two centers in the county as well as two in the city of St. Louis. A fifth center is scheduled to open in Ferguson in March.
The city of St. Louis centers are at 2715 Cherokee Street and at 4411 North Newstead Avenue.
The centers are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday.