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Great Jobs KC Enrolls its 500th Kansas Citian in Just Over Four Months

Great Jobs KC, the KC Scholars program which launched in Fall 2022, enrolled it’s 500th scholar this week. Great Jobs KC is on track this year to provide the opportunity for over 1,000 adults to secure jobs in high-demand industries that pay at least $45,000 per year.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Since the start of the Great Jobs KC program just over four months ago, the KC Scholars program has reached a milestone by enrolling 500 people in this revolutionary program.

Andre Forbes Jr. from Raytown, MO enrolled in the IT Support Professional program through MedCerts, which takes nine weeks to complete. Upon completing this program, Forbes can begin a career as an IT Support Professional, a career with entry level salaries of $45,000, including benefits.

“This opportunity means everything to me. It’s a life-changer,” Forbes said. “After high school I’ve just had odd jobs with no real career path or security for my family. I just had my first child a month ago and it’s the perfect time to secure my future. My mom told me about the program, and I jumped at the chance. I look forward to the flexibility a career in IT can provide. This really is a blessing.”

Through its partnerships with independent, vetted training programs, KC Scholars is able to fully-fund training in high-demand career sectors including manufacturing, healthcare, construction, and information technology.

“KC Scholars launched this program to quickly impact the economic stability of thousands of Kansas Citians, while also creating the diverse and trained workforce KC companies need,” said Angie Besendorfer, Executive Vice-President for KC Scholars. “We are thrilled with the response to this new program and look forward to serving thousands more.” provided by the scholar advocate and the employee engagement team, KC Scholars connects scholars to other wrap-around service providers in the community when needed. These services provide ongoing support including childcare, transportation, financial literacy, and tutoring to those completing career training programs.

One of KC Scholars’ goals is to increase postsecondary education and credential attainment of low- and moderate-income adults and to significantly expand the number of adults who secure family-sustaining careers. Great Jobs KC is an integral part of achieving those goals.

“KC Scholars launched this program to quickly impact the economic stability of thousands of Kansas Citians, while also creating the diverse and trained workforce KC companies need,” said Angie Besendorfer, Executive Vice-President for KC Scholars. “We are thrilled with the response to this new program and look forward to serving thousands more.” provided by the scholar advocate and the employee engagement team, KC Scholars connects scholars to other wrap-around service providers in the community when needed. These services provide ongoing support including childcare, transportation, financial literacy, and tutoring to those completing career training programs.

One of KC Scholars’ goals is to increase postsecondary education and credential attainment of low- and moderate-income adults and to significantly expand the number of adults who secure family-sustaining careers. Great Jobs KC is an integral part of achieving those goals.

About Great Jobs KC:

Great Jobs KC is a Kansas City-based nonprofit that provides access to college scholarships and tuition-free job training, along with job placement assistance for young people from low- and modest-income families in the metropolitan area, providing a pipeline of talent for a strong regional workforce. Please join us on our mission for economic independence for all. For more information, visit www.greatjobskc.org.

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