Who we are
The Workforce and Economic Development Division (WED) of Metropolitan Community College is the leader in innovative workforce solutions and community enrichment. We partner to first develop our community in order to develop it economically for the growth of the Kansas City metro's citizens; families, businesses, industry, organizations, and associations.
At MCC you can 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.
Check out these and other options in the listings below.
Our Commitment is to SHAPE a better future:
- To Support business and industry in achieving their growth and expansion goals
- To Help individuals obtain the necessary training for ongoing upward mobility at any level
- To Assist non-profit organizations in accomplishing their mission
- To Partner with communities desiring to enhance the quality of life of its members
- To Eliminate income disparities within MCC's service region
To join us in this endeavor, feel free to support our student scholarships. You will be helping individuals to move from poverty to sustainability!
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.
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" when they earn their credentials.
Programs and services
Metropolitan Community College (MCC) Apprenticeship Program offers training solutions including hands-on, work-based approaches for real-life learning.
These solutions include the apprenticeship program, designed to meet the needs of changing industries.
MCC improves the labor force through the utilization of customized on-the-job training and accredited coursework.
Employees are equipped with the skills necessary for the most demanding positions while employed.
The MCC apprenticeship unit has services for business and industries looking to start a new registered apprenticeship or a union looking to enhance their apprenticeship program by supplementing coursework resulting in a degree.
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.
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.
MCC offers many Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs across its campuses and at various community locations. CTE programs combine academic and technical skills with the knowledge and training to succeed in the labor market.
CTE programs prepare individuals for high demand careers by introducing them to specialized competencies in a real-world, applied context. These accredited programs can provide industry recognized credentials and degrees in many areas including:
- Business management
- Law, public safety, corrections and security
- Health and medical sciences
- Information technology
- Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning
- Engineering and technology
- Hospitality management
- And more
MCC's extended learning is referred to as Continuing Education. These training programs promote lifelong learning through short-term workforce training, and professional development courses for career change and advancement.
These wide-ranging programs provide entry level credentials and support extended learning opportunities for professionals including the police, fire fighters, emergency medical technicians, and also prepare students to work in industries such as healthcare, manufacturing, and transportation.
Our programs meet you right where you are and provide the opportunity for personal enrichment, workforce readiness, and career advancement.
Classes are offered on campuses, at various community sites, or online to make further learning accessible for people in communities we serve.
Through the Community Education unit, the needs of community members for quality lifelong learning opportunities are met through partnerships, programs and classes.
Whatever the interest, WED's Community Education unit has what is needed when it comes to education for enrichment and fun. Classes offered include drivers education, motorcycle safety and adult online noncredit classes.
Corporate College provides a variety of services for companies to support their sustainability and growth.
These services include customized training and professional development for employees. Consulting services and strategy implementation are also provided to assist with improved efficiencies and increased revenue.
Whether a company is assessing a skill gap or providing basic training to fulfill requirements in safety, or technical skills training, the Corporate College unit will design and deliver business solutions customized to the specific needs of the business.
Corporate College additionally partners with local, state, and federal governments to identify additional supportive resources to reduce or possibly avoid the financial impact on the business for these training and growth services.
Through Corporate College, MCC can provide a variety of services for companies who want to offer pre-post assessments, and training plan coordination for their employees.
Sessions can be on-site or off-site, for large groups. 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.
The Economic Development unit supports the economic development of businesses and the community by identifying workforce needs to enter, sustain, and grow a business in a changing world; by assisting and supporting private sector investment; and by creating opportunities for the creation of wealth and increase in the standard of living for all in the communities served.
This is done through collaborations and partnerships with community stakeholders, identifying the labor force needs of businesses and industry today as well the future, encouraging entrepreneurialism, being the conduit to introduce supportive resources for business growth and sustainability, and uniting communities in the region for more broadly shared economic well-being and quality of life.
The Economic Development Unit additionally 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 a number of companies to access over $36 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!
The GPOEC provides technical courses on high hazards, occupational safety and environmental compliance topics on the latest health and safety standards for the four state region of Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska. As the region's only OSHA Education Center, the certified OSHA courses are designed to help participants understand standards and learn the skills needed to know to avoid costly fines and dangerous accidents.
For business and industry, ensuring that companies meet federal OSHA guidelines to keep employees safe and insurance costs down, is a primary focus. Since 1992, the GPOEC has been the only OSHA Training Institute Education Center in the region offering the latest in authorized training. Whether training is needed on-site or in advanced labs and specialized confined-space simulators, companies safety teams can be trained to meet the latest OSHA standards. To identify the best option for you or your company, contact us today. Let us, help you find a solution for you.
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.
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? Or, 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 to further your career? We have solutions for you.