New tech training program launched for laid off Missouri workers

Missouri has launched a new program through CARES Act funding for workers who have lost their jobs during COVID-19, teaming up with Illinois-based CompTIA to help provide training through online programs to provide professional certification across different tech sectors.

A new partnership between Missouri and Illinois-based CompTIA, a nonprofit technology trade association, aims to help train Missouri workers who have been laid off due to COVID-19.

Launched through funding provided by federal CARES Act dollars given to Missouri, the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development is working with CompTIA to provide free IT training to unemployed individuals.

Training offered includes online programs that provide professional certification in information technology, cybersecurity and project management.

Department officials said the program’s training is designed to help displaced workers develop new skills and launch careers in the technology sector.

This is part of an effort to help grow and fulfill the region’s technology workforce needs, which is expected to grow significantly over the next few years.