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In conjunction with National Apprenticeship Week and in honor of Missouri’s incredible success as one of the nation’s leaders in apprenticeships, Gov. Mike Parson announced the creation of a new office that will expand and promote apprenticeships throughout the state. Parson signed an executive order that creates the Office of Apprenticeship and Work-Based Learning within the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development.

The new office will build on Missouri’s already outstanding track record in promoting apprenticeships. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Missouri ranked second in the nation for new apprenticeships with 10,000 new Registered Apprenticeships for Fiscal Year 2019. The state also had 3,614 completed apprenticeships in Fiscal Year 2019, which ranked Missouri second in the nation.

In total, Missouri currently has 15,189 active apprentices with 472 registered programs involving more than 3,600 employers. The newly-created Office of Apprenticeship and Work-Based Learning will work to increase the number of participants in apprenticeships and other work-based learning experiences with an immediate goal of 20,000 participants by 2025.

Gov. Parson said, “Apprenticeships play a critical role in our efforts to develop a workforce that is prepared to meet the demands of the future. We are proud to be leading the nation in apprenticeships, and we will continue working to increase apprenticeship opportunities, strengthen our workforce, and give Missourians the skills and on-the-job training they need to be successful.”

Raising awareness for families is extremely important because research has shown that parents would struggle to spot this serious life-long condition in their own children. Despite the majority of people surveyed having a family member with diabetes, an alarming four out of five parents would have trouble recognizing the warning signs . One in three wouldn’t spot them at all.

Additionally, 1,625,000 people in Missouri, which represents 35. 9 percent of the adult population, have prediabetes with blood glucose levels higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Diagnosed diabetes costs an estimated $6.7 billion in Missouri each year. The serious complications resulting from diabetes include heart disease, stroke, amputation, end-stage kidney disease, blindness – and death.

Some of the warning signs of diabetes can include frequent urination, increased thirst, a constant feeling of hunger, feeling tired, blurry vision, slow healing of wounds, tingling, numbness or pain in the hands and feet, patches of dark skin, and itching. The American Diabetes Association offers a “risk test” online at the following address: https://www.diabetes.org/risk-test

The Share the Harvest program is administered by the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Conservation Federation of Missourians. Together they coordinate the efforts of thousands of deer hunters, as well as participating meat processors and local supporting organizations, to help feed hungry Missourians. Deer hunters can donate extra venison to participating meat processors, who process and package the meat and then give it to local food banks and food pantries.

Hunters interested in donating should be aware that processing fees are covered entirely or in part by numerous local sponsors, along with statewide sponsors. Hunters should contact individual processors to determine what funds are available. The cost of processing is the hunter’s responsibility when funds to help cover the full cost of processing are not available. To find participating Share the Harvest processors online, please visit mdc.mo.gov/share.

Hunters wanting to donate venison obtained from counties in the Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Management Zone should be aware they must use approved processors. CWD is a deadly illness of white-tailed deer and other members of the deer family. There have been no known cases of CWD infecting people, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly recommends having deer tested for CWD if harvested in an area known to have cases of the disease.

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