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Workforce Solutions

1775 Universal Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64120
Telephone: 816.604.1000
Fax: 816.759.1150 

Student Focus

Metropolitan Community College offers programs and services designed to provide short term training opportunities for high workforce demand industries.  They are designed to help train adults for in-demand occupations; as well as connect with additional certifications and degree programs creating career pathways in key industry sectors including:

The goal of these programs is to provide a strong well trained workforce by partnering with employers, community organizations, and governmental agencies to create job training and educational opportunities for a broad spectrum of the workforce and students, and assist in developing a talent pipeline for employers.  Many of these programs have key industry business partners that assist in reviewing the training content to ensure that students will be “job ready” at the completion of their training.

Business Partnerships

MCC also engages in unique local, state or national partnerships that focus on developing skills and improving opportunities for the region’s workforce. By partnering with employers, community-based organizations, education and government, MCC is a key contributor to creating critical job training opportunities for our workforce and a talent pipeline for our region’s employers.  MCC assists with businesses accessing state workforce training funds on both sides of the state line.

MCC also provides consulting services directly to businesses to assist in customized assessment needs, business process improvements, and training plans.

Institute for Workforce Innovation

Most Kansas Citians know MCC is a great place to get a two-year degree at an affordable cost before transferring to a four-year university. But what some people don’t know is that MCC is attacking the economic crisis head-on with its Institute for Workforce Innovation.

What sets the Institute apart is its holistic approach: helping businesses run better and helping individuals become better employees. It’s that simple.

From 2013-16, the Institute:

  • Prepared more than 7,000 students for entry-level jobs
  • Worked with more than 100 companies to provide contract training, including Ford, General Motors, Orbital ATK, Harley-Davidson and Honeywell
  • Supported 39 area companies to receive $4.4 million through the Missouri Works Customized Training program
  • Helped companies receive $6.3 million through Missouri Works New Jobs Training and Job Retention Training programs

For workers, the Institute offers short-term training, certificate programs, job placement services, professional development and personal development. The Institute’s research team works with area workforce boards, the Mid-America Regional Council and other organizations to determine where the jobs really are and who’s hiring. Our list of course offerings is constantly expanding to meet the needs of the unemployed, underemployed or those who are just looking to advance their career.

When companies lay off employees, the Institute is standing by to help retrain displaced workers to be more competitive in the job market or to stay sharp so that they may return to their old positions. The Institute’s programs don’t take two to four years, either. Short-term training means training that can occur in less than a year.

For businesses, the Institute offers an array of consulting services from assessment, recruitment, quality management, database solutions, and customized training, boasting the area’s only OSHA Training Institute Education Center. The Institute brings tremendous resources to the table, including five convenient campus locations, online classes, on-site training and partnerships with organizations at the local, state and national level.

One of the things that sets the Institute apart from other training/consulting services is our work with personal development. We help people develop basic workplace skills, including teamwork, communication and overall professionalism. In academics, this applies to literacy, HiSET/GED tutoring, and other preparation to become not just better employees, but more accomplished individuals. Finally and perhaps most importantly, students get the social support they need to be successful, such as transportation and childcare that allows them to complete the coursework. 

Whether you are interested in career options for yourself or a business consultation for your company, we can help. Together, let’s make Kansas City more successful.

Last Modified: 6/1/18