Workforce Development

A Workforce of Top-Quality Expertise and Midwestern Values

St. Joseph’s workforce is unique because it draws upon a pool of committed, community-oriented and dedicated employees from 18 Northwest Missouri communities. Many of the surrounding counties are built upon long histories in agricultural production, and have played a role in the creation of St. Joseph’s pivotal and foundational manufacturing businesses.

One factor contributing to our high quality workforce is the educational background of our residents. Nearly 88 percent of the area’s adult population have a high school education or better. As a result of a community-wide partnership, St. Joseph’s high school graduation rate is 88.6 percent – higher than the state average of 85.7 percent.


St. Joseph Institutions of Higher Learning:

Missouri Western State University

Missouri Western occupies a 744-acre campus on the east side of St. Joseph. MWSU offers certificates, associates degrees, four-year baccalaureate programs and a number of master’s degree programs, including those in Applied Science, Applied Science in Assessment, Applied Arts in Integrated Media and Applied Arts in Written Communication.


The Kit Bond Science and Technology Incubator at Missouri Western State University

In conjunction with Missouri Western University, this 25,000 square feet technology incubator is also home to the Institute for Industrial and Applied Life Sciences which provides training and wetlab space available within the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor.


Metropolitan Community College

Metropolitan Community College offers courses in Hillyard Technical Center including healthcare courses and introduction to welding technologies and machining – lathe.


Technical Education in St. Joseph: Job Skills for Workplace Leaders

Hillyard Technical Center

This public school meets both industrial and individual needs in areas such as architecture, computers, business technology, welding, medical technology, and personal development.
Enrollment: 650 daytime, 1,000 evening


St. Joseph is Less than an Hour Away From Additional Top-Notch Educational Programs

  • Northwest Missouri State University — Main campus, Maryville, Mo.
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC)
  • Park University
  • William Jewell College
  • Metropolitan Community College, other campuses
  • Rockhurst University


St. Joseph Demonstrates Full-Spectrum Workforce Development:

Early childhood learning, student awareness of promising career opportunities, continued life-long learning and skill development, enhanced work ethics, and improved attainment in science and math curriculum are all essential long-term strategies for meeting the workforce needs of the diverse base of employers in the St. Joseph area.

My Success Event

Area businesses promote career opportunities available to more than 2,100 area students from 33 Northwest Missouri high schools. Held each year, representatives from more than 80 businesses meet one-on-one with students and encourage them to develop a career path. Through a career laboratory, they share the educational and technical skills necessary to pursue their career interests



Mosaic Life Care Foundation’s contributions to the local community include a state-of-the-art youth development campus, emPowerU, drawing thousands of regional students and community-focused groups together to solve civic challenges. The multi-million dollar emPowerU campus is built on a restored industrial brownfield in the city’s downtown area, which continues to see exciting revitalizations. EmPowerU is an initiative for youth and civic development from the Heartland Foundation, and the campus and initiative serves as an award-winning national model for youth development. Its purpose is to equip and retain the city’s future leaders.

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