About Us

A Word from Our CEO

Carolyn Seward, Founder and CEO

     After working 30 years in various positions in the Public and Private Sectors, our accomplishments have impacted the lives of tens of thousands of families annually in the St. Louis region, as well as nationally. At FWCA, we are confident in our ability to deliver quality performance-based programming to both our funders and community. FWCA programming helps those who are seeking education and employment opportunities while offering programs that assist employers in meeting hiring demands, and ultimately providing economic security for children and families in the region.

 

     As Founder and CEO of Family and Workforce Centers of America, my mission is to continue working in St. Louis and communities around the nation through economically strengthening our families. To further this mission, we have implemented numerous workforce programs (WIOA – Adult, Dislocated Workers, Out and In School Youth, TANF, SNAP, two-Generational, Re-entry), and other programs including Healthy Marriage Relationship and Education programs for Youth and Adult, Family Centered Programs, Child Care, and Mental Wellness, etc. Through our participation in several national studies, we are held to the same externally rigorous standards as our local and national funders.

 

     We are humbled and grateful for the opportunity to represent our organization and this great community while learning about cutting-edge industry trends and global developments.​ Prior to COVID, in 2019, FWCA and the MET Center served over 40,000 youth and adults annually in Missouri. Over 1,400 people were placed in employment with a $42 million-dollar economic impact to the region.​ The success of FWCA is the direct result of integrity, deliberate planning, hard work, and community investment and empowerment. I thank you for taking a moment to tour our website and on behalf of FWCA, we look forward to being of service to you!

 

     Lastly, I would like to leave you with a quote by an unknown author. The quote states:  

 

     “Many of us look at life as work.  We approach it and try to handle it like a job.  We complain about it.  We blame others when it is not working.  We hold someone else responsible when it does not give us what we want.  Some of us give up on life.  We move from day to day, with no plan, no goals and ultimately no rewards.  We fail to understand that if life is work, the better we do it, the better it will pay us. When we perform our tasks to the very best of our ability, we receive just rewards for what we do.  When we are thorough in our work and put our best into it, we become better at it.  When we become too good for where we are, we will be advanced to our rightful place.  The thing we must realize about life is it cannot be better until we are better. We cannot get more until we are more.  The only thing that can stop our advancement in life is our not being ready to move.  If life is work, run it like a multi-million-dollar corporation and elect yourself chief executive officer!”​

Sincerely,

Carolyn D. Seward

Founder & CEO