The Kansas City Construction Career Academy (KCCCA) is a collaboration between Metropolitan Community College, North Kansas City Schools, JE Dunn Construction and the Kauffman Foundation. The KCCCA is open to students entering their junior year of high school who meet the qualification standards outlined below. Students who pursue this opportunity attend the MCC-Business & Technology Center full-time during their junior and senior years of high school.
Student Benefits and Outcomes
- Students will have the opportunity to concurrently earn their high school diploma and a full Associate of Applied Sciences degree in Building Maintenance and Construction in two years at the time of their high school graduation at NO ADDITIONAL COST to students or families.
- The college courses taken at MCC–Business & Technology include core content that fulfills high school graduation requirements.
- Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to be sponsored by one of the program’s partner contractors. The sponsorship will allow these students to start in the field, learning a skilled trade as a first-year apprentice, immediately earning a livable wage, and on track to earning the prevailing wage in their skilled trade.
- These college courses will include several of the CORE 42 classes that are transferrable to any publically-funded four-year college or university in Missouri for students who choose to pursue a four-year college degree.
- Amongst the 16 students in the first KCCCA cohort 15 have successfully completed the Building Maintenance Program with level one and two certificates. Of those 15:
- 6 are continuing their education in architectural design, construction management or engineering
- One joined the Army and has tested into the microwave systems operators-maintainers specialty
- The rest are going into or are already in industry as electrical technicians, framers, finish carpenters, HVAC technicians, painters and plumbers.
Minimum Student Qualifications for Consideration
- Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
- High school attendance of 80% or higher
- Copy of transcript
- College Readiness – Students need a qualifying ACT score of 18 or higher or will need to take the MCC Accuplacer Test to be accepted.
- Completed application and a signed agreement to abide by the expectations and responsibilities of the KCCCA
- Completion of MCC application for enrollment
For more information, contact Je-Anne Rueckert at firstname.lastname@example.org.