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Workforce and Economic Development

Who We Are

Metropolitan Community College is a leader in preparing our region's workforce with career and technical education. Today's industrial workplace is undergoing rapid change, and MCC is continually innovating to meet the resulting needs.

We offer many ways to get the education that works for you, whether you are looking for industry credentials, new skills to advance your career or continuing education credits related to licensure or professional development.

MCC's Workforce & Economic Development programs and services are designed to provide short-term and low-cost educational opportunities for high demand workforce occupations, as well as connecting with certificate and degree programs that provide pathways into careers in key industry sectors. Our workforce programs use industry business partners to help review our curriculum to ensure that students will be "job ready" by the time they earn their credentials.

Our Goal

Our goal is to provide a well-prepared workforce by partnering with employers, community organizations, governmental agencies, and educational institutions to offer career readiness education to a broad spectrum of students. We want to continually improve the "pipeline" of clear and accessible pathways to help students connect with careers and further education. We believe that education is ideally ongoing, even when students are in the workforce. We offer new skills to face new challenges in an ever-changing career culture.

Engage as a Business

Are you looking for more skilled workers? Are you interested in investing in entry level employees and preparing them for your workplace? Do you need to train incumbent workers as their tasks change? Do you need to provide HR training, but don't want to handle it in-house? Do you need to assess your employees (or potential employees) to find gaps in their skills so you can customize training for them? Do you want assistance connecting to government resources to train your workforce? We have solutions for you.

Engage as a Student

Do you want industry recognized credentials that will prepare you for well-paying jobs, sometimes in just a few months of study? Do your existing credentials require Continuing Education Units or other ongoing education? Are you looking for help preparing to enter the workforce? Are you a lifelong learner on the lookout for next steps and courses of interest? Do you want to expand your skill base so you further your career? We have solutions for you.

Apprenticeships

MCC can serve as a sponsor for a company's apprenticeship program, working with the Department of Labor and providing organizational support while students develop into skilled workers using a combination of on the job training and classroom instruction.

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Career Programs

MCC offers many career and technical education programs across its campuses, and those programs are coordinated at a district level. We are developing today's workforce for tomorrow, and we also focus on secondary education and career centers, so our partnerships with institutions provide clear pathways from high school into industry or four-year institutions.

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Continuing Education

MCC Community Education programs promote lifelong learning through community education, short-term workforce training, and professional development courses. Our programs meet students where they are and provide the opportunity for personal enrichment, workforce readiness, and career advancement. These wide-ranging programs support police, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians, as well as preparing students to work in healthcare, manufacturing, and transportation. Non-credit classes on campuses or online make further learning accessible for people in communities we serve. Our Great Plains OSHA Education Center coordinates OSHA training in four states.

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Corporate College

MCC can provide a variety of services for companies who want to offer pre-post assessments, customized training, and training plan coordination for their employees. Sessions can be on-site or off-site, for large groups or small groups with customized contract training to meet the company's specific need. Whether a company is assessing skill gaps or providing high-quality training to fulfill requirements in Leadership and Soft Skill Integration or HR related subjects, Corporate College can arrange for the instructors, curriculum, and evaluation.

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Economic Development

MCC partners with local industry to assist them in accessing state workforce training funds. Our expertise and experience with government and industry partners is a pivotal contribution to the process. In the last few years, MCC has worked with about 40 companies to access over $10 million in state funds from the Missouri Works Customized Training program and Missouri Works New Jobs Training and Job Retention Training program.

To find out more, please contact us. We can help you find a pathway into education that is right for you!

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MCC Ambassador Program

MCC Ambassador Program If you are an agency serving individuals in need, become an MCC Ambassador and allow us to partner with you to support and assist your clients in obtaining a livable wage in a short period of time.

As a partner, be the first to receive updates, marketing materials, financial support, innovative trainings, and news. Collaborate with MCC's Workforce & Economic Development in bringing "E.P.I.C." change to our community. It becomes a reality when Everyone Participates In the Change! A strong community is both an "Educated" and an "Employed" Community, and together we can make that happen.

Contact Workforce & Economic Development
Phone: 816.604.5254
E-mail: wedenroll@mcckc.edu