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$600,000 grant will help MCC bring technical-skills programs to midtown Kansas City

November 8, 2021
By Lisa Kalell

The Metropolitan Community College Foundation has received a $600,000 grant from the Edward F. Swinney Trust, Bank of America, N.A., as Trustee. The grant will help MCC fund relocation of workforce training programs from its Business & Technology Campus, near I-435 and Front Street, to the new Advanced Technical Skills Institute at 2944 Troost Ave. in Kansas City.

The College hopes moving workforce programs to the midtown site will provide greater access for students in the urban core, increase diverse enrollment in training for skilled trades, and make a positive impact on economic development in the area.

MCC Chancellor Kimberly Beatty said the grant will go a long way toward helping MCC meet the evolving needs of the region’s major employers.

"Greater Kansas City needs to attract and retain the best and brightest workforce," Dr. Beatty said. "This generous grant from the Edward F. Swinney Trust, Bank of America, N.A., as Trustee will strengthen MCC’s ability to provide a steady pipeline of highly trained employees who are familiar with modern technologies and innovative work environments and committed to lifelong learning."

The 101,000-square-foot Advanced Technical Skills Institute, located in the former Nazarene Publishing House printing facility and warehouse, will house programs including building maintenance and construction, computer-integrated machining, HVAC, industrial technology and welding. ATSI will open in January.

The Edward F. Swinney Trust, Bank of America, N.A., as Trustee was created in the 1940s for the advancement of public charitable and educational purposes in Missouri. The trust’s namesake, E.F. Swinney, was a prominent Kansas City businessman, banker and philanthropist in the early 1900s and served on the Kansas City School Board for more than 20 years.