Ready to scale your biggest challenges

An energized workforce customized for performance.

If you’re looking to measure workforce quality by the numbers, Phelps County has a few numbers that might interest you:

  • The average ACT score of entering freshmen at Missouri S&T is 28; approximately 80% of S&T students graduate in demanding STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields.
  • The percentage of Rolla residents with a Master’s or Doctorate degree is 13%, almost 40% higher than the national average.
  • The average age of retirees from Fort Leonard Wood is mid-40’s, resulting in a motivated and well-educated group ready and eager for decades more productivity in local industry.
  • Missouri S&T educates students from more than 65 countries; many of those students wish to remain here in the U.S. and in Phelps County, adding global diversity to our local labor pool.
  • In addition to Missouri S&T and East Central College, Phelps County offers expanded opportunities through 3 adult- and career-oriented institutions of higher learning: Drury University-Rolla, where dual enrollment of high school students is also available; Webster University, which combines a global outlook with local excellence; Metro Business College, providing a streamlined approach to career training; and Columbia College, a liberal arts and science school with strong CIS and MIS programs.

Skilled, adaptable, performance-ready

Of course, in a global economy there are myriad ways that your workforce must measure up. A rapidly changing marketplace demands adaptability as well as skills. Workers must be prepared to think critically and creatively—in other words to learn and to lead, to solve problems and to open opportunity. And that’s where Phelps County passes every test by every measure, with an educated workforce strengthened with graduates of one of the nation’s top engineering schools and seasoned with highly educated retired military (as well as faculty and military spouses).

Customized to your factors and needs

The Phelps County workforce works hard and works smart—and performs to your specs, thanks to custom training assistance provided by the state of Missouri in collaboration with East Central College, a training leader with programs recently sharpened and enhanced by a $1.1 million Missouri Manufacturing WINs grant. As a recognized jobs generator in a number of industrial sectors including advanced manufacturing, biomedical products, health sciences, information technology and transportation and logistics, the state of Missouri is well-versed in addressing challenging workforce needs.

A diverse and highly capable labor base, a jobs training program with a proven record, a workforce ready and eager to perform. In Phelps County, you’ve got the team you need to scale your toughest challenges. For global performance, we have the workforce solution.

Kamal Malhotra

“The people of Rolla and the true sense of community are the main reasons for me to make Rolla our family home. Yes indeed, it is a small town but it embraces diversity. What Rolla gives is a continual reminder of humanity, the core values of caring.”


Kamal Malhotra

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