SLATE Workforce News

Compass Rose Helps Empower Youth in St. Louis


SLATE has been implementing the Compass Rose program since Fall 2017, assisting dozens of young men and women involved in the justice system transition back into their home communities. The program was established through the FHI 360, a DOL-ETA reentry grant, in partnership with St. Louis, Los Angeles, and Hartford.  Compass Rose participants develop job-related skills, explore employment opportunities in various careers, and gain on-the-job experience in areas of their interest.

Compass Rose participant, Christopher Collins, was offered a Laborer’s position with Building Union Diversity (BUD), where he completed his apprenticeship. In spite of Collins’s barriers, he applied himself to the Compass Rose key principles of work and education and was able to accomplish his goals. Besides BUD, Collins obtained certifications in OSHA 10, HILTI, and Associated General Contractors (AGC). He successfully completed anger management and mentoring training that provided him with life skills and problem-solving tools. He received financial literacy training learning to budget and manage his money. He completed job-readiness training and developed an effective resume, strong interviewing skills and learned to dress for success. Compass Rose provided him the tools to make informed choices and significantly improved his chances for gainful employment. The Compass Rose team is very proud of his personal achievements and will keep supporting and encouraging him. We wish Christopher the best in his future endeavors. READ MORE

HPOG Continues To Exceed Expectations for Healthcare Training

The Heath Industry Training & Education/Health Professions Opportunity Grant (HITE/HPOG) from the Missouri Department of Social Services operates high quality programs that train low-income individuals in healthcare careers. January 2019 marks the beginning of the second quarter of the grant’s 4th program year. The HITE/HPOG team at SLATE has already processed 1,068 applicants, with 712 receiving training, and 356 receiving information on other programs that may provide assistance with training. 

To date, SLATE's HITE/HPOG team has enrolled 43.8% of the targeted enrollment goal, and 60% of enrolled participants are already in school. We are working with several training partners, specifically St. Louis Community College and STL Training, a division of the St. Louis County Special School District, to develop cohort training models for CNA training at Life Skills Centers of St Louis and Delmar Gardens, as well as Patient Care Tech Training at SSM Health and Rankin Jordan Bridge Hospital. We also work closely with St. Louis Community College to provide cohort training for Medical Assistants at St Luke’s Hospital. We continue our efforts to attract more TANF participants and obtain timely employment information from our graduates. Our commitment to excellence in every aspect of customers' life defines our services and helps our team meet and exceed expectations set forth by this innovative program. READ MORE


Last week, SLATE welcomed our new Business Development Manager, Rebecca Ritter. Her tenure as MWA Manager assisting low-income recipients with food stamps and financial assistance will allow Rebecca to better connect her staff with the real needs of St. Louis’ job-seekers and help recruit the best businesses to employ our clients. She will strive to connect the area’s top hiring industries to qualified

candidates to develop more opportunities for self-sufficiency and encourage participation in activities that can lead to long-term careers and prosperity. Her new goals have already started to impact the Agency. Currently, SLATE staff is attending workshops to learn how to enter resumes into the MO Jobs system in a way that best matches employer requirements. Case note training is also underway. According to Ritter, utilizing technology will make our Agency smarter and ensure all community members achieve their employment and training goals. “At the end of the day, we are servants to the community to make it stronger, sustainable, and secure,” Ritter said. Please congratulate Rebecca on her new role and let her know your needs for skilled workers. She can be reached by email, at, or at 314-657-3592.


New Collaboration to Help Reduce Crime in St. Louis Communities

SLATE, Better Family Life, Urban League, and the Clergy Coalition have teamed up to conduct several job fairs in St. Louis as part of “The Power of Employment Expo Series,” designed to bring hope and stability to high-crime, high-unemployment areas and engage citizens in productive activities. Their first event took place on February 21, 2019, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church – College Hill. Representatives from 13 businesses and mentors from SLATE’s youth programs were in attendance to provide resources and interviews to job seekers.

We invite you to join us for the upcoming job fairs!

March 7, 2019 | 11 am – 2 pm | at New Northside MB Church
March 9 & 23, 2019 |11 am – 2 pm | at Wohl Recreation Center
March 21, 2019 |11 am – 2 pm | at St. James AME Church
April 11, 2019 |11 am – 2 pm | at Christ Pilgrim Rest MB Church

For registration, please contact Olivia Adams, Senior Job Developer at SLATE, at 314-657-3625, or by email, at

Photo: SLATE's Olivia Adams (front right) and Chaille Jackson (front left) at the business meeting with Better Family Life, Urban League, and the Clergy Coalition, on February 7, 2019.

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