Gov. Parson attends ribbon cutting ceremony for new job center in Cape Girardeau

Missouri Governor Parson makes a trip to Cape Girardeau to celebrate the opening of the city's new Job Center
Published: Jun. 8, 2023 at 8:58 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 8, 2023 at 5:16 PM CDT
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - Governor Mike Parson attended a ribbon cutting for a new job center on Thursday, June 8.

The governor was there to celebrate the opening of the Cape Girardeau Job Center at Catapult Creative House on the Southeast Missouri State University campus.

The ceremony was held at the Catapult Building at 1 p.m.

Governor Parson said the center brings a real bost to residents throughout southeast Missouri looking for work.

“I come from a small town, you know what that’s like, which you also realize there’s good people in every town. All they want is an education and all they want is a job and we got to do the best thing we can do to get it all across the state, so rural Missouri is just as important in the state as any of the urban areas,” he said.

Governor Parson, Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development Commissioner Dr. Bennett Boggs and Southeast Missouri State President Dr. Carlos Vargas spoke during the event.

According to the MDHEWD website, the Cape Girardeau Job Center will help higher education students and community members find jobs and grow their careers.

“Opening a Missouri Job Center on the Southeast Missouri State University campus in Cape Girardeau is a great opportunity to help Missourians in that community,” Boggs said in the release. “It also connects services to students as they transition from college to employment and provides resources to both students and community members to prosper in the workforce.”

They say they want the job center to operate like a coworking space. It will used to provide feedback, collaboration and assistance to job seekers.

It is open to the public and all Southeast Missouri State students.