- Associated Press - Monday, January 5, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A pilot program in Springfield helps people who are aging out of foster care and need help to enter the workforce.

The Springfield News-Leader (https://sgfnow.co/146sWgx ) reports that the courses teach 17- to 21-year-old participants to find customer service jobs. They receive job placement assistance and ongoing support - from business and community leaders - to help keep the positions.

Organizers say the project is needed because teens exiting foster care are less likely to graduate high school, go college or find long-term employment. Ozarks Technical Community College and the Community Partnership of the Ozarks are working together to provide the 10-week courses.

The pilot project, which is one of two statewide, received about $120,000 in state funding this first year. A second Missouri pilot is at St. Louis Community College.

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Information from: Springfield News-Leader, https://www.news-leader.com

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