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Department of Human Services - Division of Workforce Development - Administrative Offices
26 North Oaks Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63121
Phone: (314) 679-3300
FAX: (314) 679-3301
TTY: (314) 381-2993

Saint Louis County
Department of Human Services
Division of Workforce Development

About Us

  • Letter from the County Executive 
  • Letter of Introduction from Workforce Investment Board Chairman


    The Missouri Career Center - Saint Louis County - North Oaks has continuously evolved to meet the increasing demands of the career seeker and the business community. In 1987, the United States Department of Labor established Private Industry Councils to increase private sector involvement in the federal job training programs under the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA). In 1998, the entire workforce development system was reformed under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). In the process, the Private Industry Councils were authorized to provide oversight of local workforce services. With the implementation of the WIA, the one-stop concept was created to offer both individuals and businesses a continuum of services (i.e. job training, job development, resource services, job skill development and job recruitment) at a single point of contact.

    True to our tradition of evolving to meet the increasing demands of the community, the Missouri Career Centers - Saint Louis County (i.e. Deer Creek, Florissant and the MET Center) adopted the Next Generation Career Center, service delivery system. Under the direction of the Missouri Department of Economic Development -- Division of Workforce Developmend (DWD), Career Centers reorganized with the ultimate goal of providing customers with a more seemless delivery of services.

    Mission Statement

    The mission of the Missouri Career Center- Saint Louis County - North Oaks is to serve as a partnership between Saint Louis County residents and businesses in supporting the Saint Louis Metropolitan area's economic development with a qualified workforce.

    Who We Are

    The Missouri Career Center - Saint Louis County - North Oaks is part of a national network of workforce development professionals. Funding is provided by the United States Department of Labor and the Missouri Division of Workforce Development through a grant to the Saint Louis County Department of Human Services.

    Department of Human Services - Saint Louis County
    Andrea Jackson-Jennings, Dir. Human Services Andrea Jackson-Jennings
    Department of Human Services

    Division of Workforce Development
    Missouri Career Center - Saint Louis County - North Oaks
    Gene Gorden, Exec. Dir. Workforce Development Gene Gorden, Executive Director
    (314) 679-3300
    Daryl Cothran, Asst.Dir. Workforce Development Daryl Cothran, Assistant Director/Functional Manager
    (314) 679-3300

    Workforce Investment Board

    The Workforce Investment Board (WIB) of Saint Louis County provides direction on local workforce issues by identifying needs and developing strategies for administering the Title One Program of the Workforce Investment Act. Board members lend their expertise to ensure that Saint Louis County remains competitive in the metropolitan area by providing meaningful employment and attracting new businesses. Appointment to the Board is based solely upon the recommendation of the County Executive with approval by the Saint Louis County Council.

    Workforce Investment Board Roster 2011

    Edward Adams, Sr. Vice President
    Enterprise Rental Car

    Ann Bollone, Vice President
    Human Resources
    St. Anthony's Medical Center

    Jonathan Barth, Senior Recruiter
    Lumiere Place and River City Casino

    Gloria Carter-Hicks, President
    Hicks-Carter-Hicks, LLC

    Frederick R. Douglas, President
    Douglas Development Company

    Kenneth Fobbs, Vice President
    Human Resources
    AT&T Missouri

    Toni Garrison, President
    Passport Health

    Jacob Johnson, President and CEO
    Global Advanced Manufacturing

    Vanessa J. Parker, Senior Human Resources Manager
    Motel 6 / Studio 6

    Carlos Perea, Vice President
    Chief Human Resource Officer
    BJC Healthcare

    Melissa Miller, Director
    Talent Acquisition
    Express Scripts

    Linda Ryan, Vice President
    Human Services
    Dierbergs Markets

    Reginald P. Scott, Private Consultant

    Sid Shurn, President
    The Shurn Group

    Jeffrey Sweet, Manager
    Government Relations
    The Boeing Company

    Anthony Thompson, President
    Kwame Building Group

    Pat Tubbesing, Director
    Education Service Center
    Human Resources Services
    SSM Health Care System

    Kevin Whirley, Director of Operations
    South County Center

    Malik-Ahmed, Executive Director/CEO
    Better Family Life, Inc.

    Reginald S. Young, Center Director
    St. Louis Job Corps

    Susan Rollins, Executive Director
    Housing Authority of Saint Louis County

    Mary Schaefer, Executive Director
    Mideast Area Agency on Aging

    Sam Townsend, District Supervisor
    Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
    Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
    State of Missouri

    Clay Ware
    University City
    Director, Adult Basic Education Program

    David Wright, Unemployment Insurance Representative
    Division of Employment Security

    Douglas W. Rasmussen, Vice President of Business Development
    Saint Louis County Economic Council

    Jane Kerlagon, Professor
    Webster University

    Dr. Marcia Pfeiffer, President
    St. Louis Community College
    Florissant Valley

    Dr. John S. Gaal, Director
    Training & Workforce Development
    Carpenter's District Council of
    Greater Saint Louis and Vicinity

    Michael P. Grady, Business Representative
    Plumbers and Pipefitters Local #562

    Merline Anderson, Director
    Community Action Agency of
    Saint Louis County

    James Buford, President
    Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis

    The Workforce Investment Board partners with three area agencies to provide a wide range of direct services to our customers. Through this partnership agency, the Missouri Career Centers - Saint Louis County continue to redefine our role in the changing global economy.

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