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Jackson County provides $2 million to support workforce training programs at Metropolitan Community College

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 20, 2021

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Today, Jackson County is proud to announce that it is providing $2 million to support Metropolitan Community College’s (MCC) workforce training programs for disadvantaged communities in industries that are key to the economic recovery of the Kansas City region. The County Legislature last week unanimously approved the use of American Rescue Plan funding to support MCC’s initiative.

The workforce training programs provided by MCC focus on industries including truck driver training, construction, manufacturing and public safety (police, fire, EMT). The County’s investment will allow MCC to expand the skill set of residents in these high-demand fields directly related to our economic recovery. MCC provides the most extensive array of training in these supply chains and economic recovery fields on the Missouri side of the metropolitan area.

"We want to do our part to help residents thrive and succeed, and one way to do that is by creating a strong workforce that encourages training and development to fill and retain jobs,” said Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. "It’s exciting to join forces with MCC to ensure students have equal access and opportunity to receive current, cutting-edge training in their chosen fields. I would like to thank the Legislature for their support as we work to strengthening our economy during these challenging times and build a better, more equitable Jackson County."

MCC is doing its part to build a better, more equitable Jackson County with the construction and renovation of the Advanced Technical Skills Institute building on Troost Avenue, the construction of the Engineering Technology building at MCC-Penn Valley and the construction of the Blue River East Building at MCC-Blue River in Independence. These projects will relocate several programs to the city’s urban core.

Such a transformational move of facilities is expected to increase overall enrollment from diverse student populations. Additionally, students with potential barriers such as cost and affordability issues, or limited access to transportation services, will now have greater access to programming throughout the city, dramatically impacting MCC’s ability to create a diverse pipeline of future employees for the region.

"This generous support from Jackson County will provide skilled training for in-demand jobs throughout the Kansas City area,” MCC Chancellor Kimberly Beatty said. "Students will get hands-on experience in new state-of-the-art facilities that are easily accessible to them. At the same time, we are helping local businesses find quality employees in the skilled trades fields."

Within its nine-county service area and the State of Missouri, MCC works with industry partners through advisory committees, mentor programs and curriculum development. Jackson County’s financial support for workforce program training equipment combined with MCC’s building and renovation projects will provide greater access and equity for future students, adding to the number of diverse, well-trained and educated workers throughout the metropolitan area that will keep the economy moving in a post-COVID world.

The Advanced Technical Skills Institute, 2944 Troost Ave., and Blue River East building at MCC-Blue River will open in January with the start of MCC’s Spring 2022 semester.

Media Contacts:
Marshanna Smith, Jackson County Public Information Officer, 816.881.1391, msmith@jacksongov.org
Blake Fry, Ed.D., MCC Executive Director of District Communication and Marketing, 816.604.1412, blake.fry@mcckc.edu