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State Funding Programs

History
The New Jobs Training Program was established by state law in 1991 and Metropolitan Community College was involved in the funding of the first project. Local employers who have benefited from the program include Ford Motor Company, Harley-Davidson, Cerner Corporation, the Lockton Companies, and Transamerica, among others.

Missouri Training Funds

Kansas Training Funds

Missouri Training Funds

Investing in Missouri's Future Through a unique partnership with the State of Missouri, MCC’s Institute for Workforce Innovation (I.W.I.) has the distinction of being one of a select group of institutions in the state authorized to assist qualified businesses in securing state funding for their training initiatives - an advantage that can open up a world of learning opportunities for your business.

Missouri Customized Training Program

The Missouri Customized Training Program provides assistance to Missouri employers for the training and retraining of new and existing employees. Your company may apply for funding to cover costs related to classroom training, such as curriculum development, instructional salaries, and training materials.

Eligible Applicants
Your company is qualified to apply if it meets the following criteria:

  • provides permanent, full-time employment to Missouri residents;
  • is creating new jobs in the state above the company’s peak employment level in the past year; or
  • is retraining existing employees as a result of a substantial new capital investment.

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Application Procedure
Your company should contact the MCC Institute for Workforce Innovation 30 days prior to the start date of training or hiring to initiate the application process. The Missouri Division of Workforce Development staff will review the application and then notify you as to whether funding will be awarded and at what level. Training may be provided by a Local Education Agency such as MCC, a private vendor, or company personnel.

Special Programming Requirements
Funding amounts are approved on an individual project basis. Some occupations and industries may not be eligible. Specific wage rates may apply.

Program Partners
In the Greater Kansas City region, the MCC Institute for Workforce Innovation is the certified Local Education Agency (LEA) that administers the funding, which is provided through a partnership among the Department of Economic Development, the Division of Workforce Development and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

New Jobs Training Program

The Missouri Community Colleges’ New Jobs Training Program provides assistance to Missouri employers creating a substantial number of net new jobs in Missouri. Whether you are expanding your company’s workforce, locating a new facility in the state or relocating your business to Missouri, this program offers funding of up to 100% of costs associated with training employees in newly created jobs. Training assistance can include skill assessments, pre-employment training, instructor costs, curriculum development, travel and a variety of other training-related services. On-the-job training expenses are restricted to no more than 50% of a project’s training costs. Training may be provided by the company, a local educational agency such as MCC or a training vendor.

Eligible Applicants
Your company may be eligible to apply if it is a non-retail business creating a substantial number of net new jobs in the State of Missouri.

Application Procedure
To initiate the application process, your company should contact MCC’s Institute for Workforce Innovation and submit a description of the net new jobs being created with a preliminary training plan for those positions. Based on that information, MCC’s Institute for Workforce Innovation will submit a Notice of Intent for the project to the Missouri Division of Workforce Development, which will then review the notice to determine company eligibility. MCC will work with you to submit an application outlining training details. Upon approval of the application by MO DWD, you will move forward with the training plan.

Funding Details
Funds for training and project costs are generated by using tax credits from the employer’s regular withholding taxes that are paid for the employees in the newly created jobs. The amount paid is based on a percentage of the gross wages that have been paid to the employees. The tax withholding is equal to 2.5% of gross wages for the first 100 jobs, and 1.5% for the remaining jobs in the project. The tax withholding credits for the project are claimed for an average of 4 to 6 years to pay for project costs.

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Job Retention Training Program

The Missouri Community Colleges’ Job Retention and Retraining Program provides assistance to Missouri employers that are retaining vital jobs in the state and who have demonstrated their commitment to economic growth by making a capital investment in their facility. Your company may apply for funding of up to 100% of costs for eligible activities associated with retraining workers. Training assistance can include skill assessments, instructor costs, curriculum development, travel and a variety of other training-related services. On-the-job training expenses are restricted to no more than 50% of a project’s training costs. In addition, total expenses for equipment, supplies and travel cannot exceed 25% of a project’s training costs. Training may be provided by the company, a local educational agency such as MCC or a training vendor.

Eligible Applicants
Your company may apply if it meets one of the following criteria:

  • is located in a border county of the state and represents a potential risk of relocation; or
  • is determined to represent a substantial risk of relocation from the state by the Director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development and fits all of the following criteria:
    • has maintained at least 100 employees per year at the employer’s site, for each of the two (2) calendar years preceding the year in which application for the program is made;
    • has retained at that site the level of employment that existed in the taxable year immediately preceding the year in which application for the program is made;
    • has made, or agrees to make, a capital investment aggregating at least one million dollars to acquire or improve long-term assets (including leased facilities) at the employer’s site over a period of three consecutive calendar years, and either have made substantial investment in new technology requiring the upgrading of workers’ skills.

Application Procedure
To initiate the application process, your company should submit a description of the net new jobs being created with a preliminary training plan for those positions. Based on that information, MCC’s Institute for Workforce Innovation will submit a Notice of Intent for the project to the Division of Workforce Development, which will then review the notice to determine company eligibility and check for training duplication. Then, MCC will work with you to submit an application outlining training details. Upon approval of the application by MO DWD, you will move forward with the training plan.

Funding Details
Funding for this program is contingent upon the availability of funds. There is a limit on the total amount of outstanding project costs for all Job Retention Training Program projects. In addition, the amount of funds available each year is further controlled by the applicable appropriation. Funds for training and project costs are generated by using tax credits from the employer’s regular withholding taxes that are paid for the retained employees. The amount paid is based on a percentage of the gross wages that have been paid to the employees.

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Kansas State Training Funds

Investments in Major Projects and Comprehensive Training (IMPACT)
The IMPACT program is designed to respond to the training and capital requirements of major business expansions and locations in the state of Kansas. Under certain circumstances, IMPACT may also be used for job retention projects. IMPACT has two major components: SKILL (State of Kansas Investments in Lifelong Learning) and MPI (Major Project Investment). SKILL funds may be used to pay for expenses related to training a new, and under certain instances, an existing workforce. MPI funds may be used for other expenses related to the project, such as the purchase or relocation of equipment, labor recruitment, or building costs.

IMPACT costs are financed through tax exempt, public purpose bonds issued by the Kansas Development Finance Authority. These bonds are retired through the revenue received from statewide employer withholding taxes.

Company Eligibility
New and expanding basic enterprises (individual firms or consortiums of businesses) that are creating new jobs, IMPACT is typically reserved for projects involving at least 100 new jobs at a higher-than-average wage. The IMPACT program may also be used for job retention projects that have compelling economic benefit for Kansas. Minimum requirements to qualify: 250 jobs in metropolitan counties, 100 in all other counties.

Eligible Costs
Instructor’s salaries; travel, meals, and lodging; textbooks; supplies and materials; minor equipment; certain utility costs; temporary training facilities; and curriculum planning and development. Also, up to 50 percent of funds may be used to lease or purchase training equipment for local educational institutions. Ten percent of the total workforce training funds committed to each project is set-aside in the workforce solutions trust fund to help workforce training institutions throughout the state respond more effectively to business needs. The MPI component allows a portion of total funds to be used for relocation expenses, labor recruitment, building purchases, equipment, etc.

How to Apply
The company should contact I.W.I. to jointly submit a proposal. KS DOC staff negotiates a funding amount based on the level of training required, the efficiency of the project, and the quality of the jobs. Company must receive approval from the Secretary of Commerce to make application.

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High Performance Incentive Program (HPIP)

Program Details
The High Performance Incentive Program provides tax incentives to employers that pay above-average wages and have a strong commitment to skills development for their workers. This program recognizes the need for Kansas companies to remain competitive and encourages capital investment in facilities, technology and continued employee training and education. A substantial investment tax credit for new capital investment in Kansas and a related sales tax exemption are the primary benefits of this program.

Benefits
HPIP offers employers four potential benefits:

  • 10% income tax credit for eligible capital investment that exceeds $50,000 at a company’s facility, with a carry-forward that can be used in any of the next 10 years in which the qualified facility re-qualifies for HPIP.
  • Sales tax exemption to use in conjunction with the company’s eligible capital investment at its qualified facility
  • Training tax credit of up to $50,000.
  • Priority consideration for access to other business assistance programs.

How to Apply
To learn more about the training incentive available through this program, the company should contact Metropolitan Community College’s Institute for Workforce Innovation.

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Related Links

Customized Training Fund
New Jobs Training Fund
Job Retention and Training Funds

Last Modified: 2/21/12