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Career Central: Time to plan your next career move

Now is the time to enroll in spring classes at St. Louis Community College (STLCC) and Ranken Technical College.

ST. LOUIS — This week on Career Central, we're highlighting ways you can boost your earnings while improving your skills.

St. Louis Community College, Ranken have open enrollment for spring classes, SLATE can assist with funding

Now is the time to enroll in spring classes at St. Louis Community College (STLCC) and Ranken Technical College.

AT STLCC, classes in manufacturing, industrial technology, skilled trades and health sciences begin on Jan. 18, 2022.

With a technical degree or certificate, you can earn on average $10,600 more per year than with a high school diploma.

STLCC offers stackable credentials to help students level up their career opportunities while saving time and resources.

Ranken Technical College's spring classes start on Jan. 5, 2022. Ranken offers hands-on skill training and technical education in the automotive, construction, electrical, information technology and manufacturing fields.

Technical careers have starting salaries up to $60,000 per year, according to Ranken.

On average, each student has more than five job opportunities when they graduate.

Most Ranken and STLCC students receive financial aid and scholarships to help cover tuition, books and tools.

SLATE Missouri Job Center can walk you through the application process. To receive financial assistance through SLATE, students must be residents of St. Louis city.

SLATE will also provide eligible participants access to various no-cost resources to ensure job readiness, including workshops on résumé writing and interview skills, skills assessments and individualized career guidance.

To see if you qualify for SLATE's no-cost services or financial assistance, visit their center at 1520 Market Street, in room 3050 on the third floor. SLATE’s offices are open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., except for Wednesdays when hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Create or update your profile on the Missouri Job Centers website to get started. Registration will be completed once you visit SLATE’s offices.

For questions, call 314-589-8000 or visit SLATE online here.

City makes progress on refuse hiring, encourages more applications 

The City of St. Louis is making progress hiring refuse workers, but there's still time to apply for these union jobs.

Duties include operating heavy automotive vehicles that lift and load refuse, yard waste and recycling containers into trucks and then driving them to a landfill.

New hires receive a $3,000 bonus after completing a work testing period. Pay and benefits are competitive. 

You can find out more on the City of St. Louis website.