Metropolitan Education and Training (MET) Center – St. Louis County, MO
Developed through a public-private partnership, the MET Center is a regional, state-of-the-art career training facility for unemployed and underemployed individuals. The transformation of a three-story former manufacturing facility was funded by $14 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration and the U.S. Department Housing and Urban Development, supplemented by contributions of equipment, furnishings and operational costs from McDonnell Douglas, EDS Unigraphics, Ralston Purina and General Motors. It is operated by St. Louis County with training programs offered by a consortium of regional workforce training providers.
In addition to securing funding and partners, CED-Solutions principals oversaw building remediation, including encapsulation of PCBs and hydrocarbons and asbestos and lead abatement. Initial building renovation included the construction of a new exterior wall, roof structure, MEP systems and interior build-out, resulting in three floors of class rooms and support facilities. Subsequently, $2.5 million was secured to renovate two additional floors, allowing the Center to expand its nationally recognized programs.
The MET Center currently offers job readiness programs, 16 career oriented training programs and placement services. It has provided thousands of unemployed and underemployed clients with career oriented jobs and services.