The Lincoln County Economic Development Office invites local industry representatives to breakfast with Ranken Technical College on July 30 at the Moscow Mills Lions Club for an opportunity to meet Ranken faculty and staff.

This is an opportunity to introduce local employers to micro-enterprise and apprenticeship opportunities offered by Ranken. The scheduled program also includes updates about the Lincoln County Workforce Development Training Center – Ranken West, currently under construction at 651 John Deere Drive in Troy.

In addition to a $5.1 million federal Economic Development Administration grant, the State of Missouri allocated $1 million to aid in workforce development in the county.

Lincoln County also pledged $300,000 toward the Workforce Development Training Center – Ranken West project, according to Lincoln County Economic Development Director Julie Rodgers.

St. Louis-based Ranken Technical College plans to offer secondary and post-secondary education and training for Lincoln County residents and the region, focusing on aquaponics, advanced manufacturing, renewable energy and building and construction trades.

“We understand the region’s shortage, as well as its demand, and are preparing students with the best education to help fill the gap in Missouri and the surrounding areas,” said Ranken CEO Stan Shoun in a statement. “Agriculture is probably the largest industry in the world, but we don’t embrace it that way.

“Sooner or later, to feed the entire world, we’ll need the tools to make it better.”

Lincoln County Workforce Development Training Center – Ranken West is a partnership among Lincoln County R-III School District, Ranken Technical College and Lincoln County.

Reservations for the industry breakfast are required and space is limited. To register, e-mail Julie Rodgers at jrodgers@lcmo.us, or call (636) 462-8095.