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A Message From Our CEO

Reflecting on Women's History Month: A Message from Earl Martin Phalen, CEO of Great Jobs KC

As we reflect on March as Women’s History Month, I am inspired by women throughout history who have paved the way for progress and equality. From those who raised families to those who fought for women’s right to vote to the brave women who shattered glass ceilings in their respective fields, their legacies have inspired generations to come.

At Great Jobs KC, we are proud to continue this legacy by providing scholarship and credential programs that support women in pursuing their dreams and achieving their full potential. There are 6,479 women across Kansas City that we have impacted through the support of our programs, and we continue to impact more women daily. We believe that knowledge is a powerful tool that can unlock opportunities and transform lives, and we are committed to creating a world where every woman has access to the resources she needs to succeed.

As the CEO, I am constantly inspired by the 91 amazing women I have the privilege of working with every day. It is hard not to be inspired by what the incredible women around you are accomplishing. From our dedicated staff and board to the incredible women we serve, their resilience, strength and determination continue to drive us forward.

In celebration and recognition of the women we serve and those who make Great Jobs KC a force for change in Kansas City, please enjoy a couple of our social media videos from this past month.

Together, let’s continue to celebrate the incredible achievements of women today and throughout history while continuing to work toward a more equitable future for all women.

With deepest appreciation and admiration,

– Earl

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Our first Core Value, which is the one that drives our mission and inspires us every day, is SCHOLARS FIRST. Here's what our Scholars have to say:

“KC Scholars has meant redemption for me. I started out in the health field on a different track and health issues set me back. I was also having issues financially. KC Scholars help allowed me the opportunity to quickly bring increase into my household and got me back on track to pursing my career goals again. I am grateful! Thank you KC Scholars! “


-Tasharra Johnson, CNA

High School Scholarship Team

2024 Application Cycle

We are so excited that more than 1,900 9th and 11th-grade students submitted applications for our KC Scholar’s College Savings Match and Traditional Scholarships!

May 1 is our Award Day when we will announce the scholarship recipients for both programs. We can’t wait to welcome this group of awardees to the KC Scholars program!

Campus Visits

Scholar Advocates continue to be out and about on college campuses to connect with scholarship recipients. We love hearing about our Scholars experiences at their institutions and supporting them in any way that we can. Pictured are Scholar Advocates Danielle Rogg Guillermo, Henry Ortega-Hernandez and Leslie Ramirez at UMKC on March 19 where they led a presentation on the latest updates in the KC Scholars program and connected with 20+ Scholars. Scholar Advocate Danielle Rogg Guillermo is pictured with a handful of the students who checked in during a campus visit on March 21.

PSN Convening

More than 70 people attended the March 7th Post-Secondary Network Quarterly Convening of the KC Scholars Program, either virtually or in-person. During the convening, Tyler Vela, Academic Coach & Scholar Services Coordinator at Kansas State University, shared information about K-State’s Academic Coaching program entitled “Academic Coaching- How it can be a force multiplier for your advisors and staff.” This presentation was part of a series called “Student Success Sessions” where representatives in the Post-Secondary Network present best practices with the group. Afterwards, those who attended in-person took a group photo!

Coming Soon: KC Scholars Ambassador Program

The KC Scholars scholarship program is launching an ambassador program! The KC Scholars Ambassador Program is an opportunity for current Traditional and Adult Learner scholarship recipients to become more involved with the organization, create a culture of belonging among Scholars on their college campuses, and further develop their leadership skills. The program will begin at a few select institutions for the 2024-25 academic year before expanding to the entire Post-secondary Network. Learn more and stay updated at

Adult Learner Scholarship Team

Adult Learner Welcome Session

We awarded 159 Adult Learner Scholarships on February 29! On March 12, the Adult Learner team hosted 128 Scholars and several of their guests at a Welcome Session to share more about the Adult Learner Scholarship and how Scholar Advocates would support them throughout their collegiate journey. Shoutout to our amazing Adult Learner Advocates, Andrea Diaz and Carrie Barnes, for facilitating sessions during the Welcome Session! It was our biggest Welcome Session yet and they did great – many of their Scholars stayed after just to talk with them more!

black & white image of scholars celebrating graduation.



Currently in Training


Currently in Workshops



What is

Access to a short-term, flexible, skills-based career training program that is TUITION-FREE, if you qualify.

  • It’s short-term because you can complete the program in less than a year.
  • It’s flexible because our training partners offer programs that include virtual, online, on-campus, hands-on, or even hybrid training.
  • It’s skills-based because you master high-demand skills that employers are seeking in the following careers: healthcare, construction, information technology, logistics/warehouse, or manufacturing. 

It’s a career training program because it trains you for a career, not just a job. A career with a salary that helps you secure your future.

How does the Great Jobs KC Program Model Work? Program Model: Five Elements of the Great Jobs KC Model

1. Intake

  • Identify Career Interests/Goals
  • Schedule interested participants for career specific orientation
  • Introduction to Scholar Advocate


  • Life Skills: Time, Money, and Stress Management
  • Career Skills: Resume, Networking & Job Search, Building your Brand
  • Workplace Skills: Working as a Team, Effective Communication, Managing Change


  • Scholar Advocate Support
  • Scholar Support Resources
  • Complete Training
  • Assistance National/State Certifications
  • Introduction to Career Resource Manager

4. Employer Network Team: EMPLOYMENT

  • Update and complete resume
  • Introductions to Employers
  • Interviewing Preparation 


  • Frequent communication from Scholar Advocate during first year of employment
  • Alumni Support

What programs does Great Jobs KC offer?


  • Clinical Medical Assistant (CMA)
  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
  • Dental Assistant
  • EKG/ECG Technician
  • Medical Billing and Coding
  • Administrative Medical Assistant
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • Sterile Processing
  • Certified Medication Technician (CMT)
  • Certified Medication Aide
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • Firefighter/ Fire Science


  • Certified Manufacturing Associate
    • Assembler
    • Machine Operator
    • Operations Clerk
  • Welding Technician
  • Environmental Remediation/ Hazmat
  • FANUC Handling Tool Operation and Programming

Information Technology

  • Networking Technician
  • Computer User Support
  • IT Support Specialist
  • Digital/ Social Media Marketing
  • Data and Business Analytics
  • Sales Development and Operations
  • UX Design
  • Software Development
  • IT Apprenticeships (separate application process)
  • Data Analytics
  • Project Management
  • Cybersecurity Specialist
  • Web Development and Design


  • Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
  • Warehousing Specialist/ Materials Handler


  • Construction Fundamentals
  • CAD (Computer Aided Drafting and Design)
  • Revit BIM (Revit for Building Information Modeling)
  • Pre-Apprenticeships and apprenticeships:
    • Iron workers
    • Electricians
    • Carpentry
    • General labor
    • Painters/glaziers
    • Operating engineers

Service Careers

  • Dog Grooming
  • Insurance Agent
  • Insurance Specialist
  • Claims Adjuster
  • Culinary Arts
  • Community Interpreter
  • Medical Interpreter
  • ESL Courses

Want to find out if you qualify?

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Our Donors, Our Heroes

The incredible response to our recent Traditional Scholarship application cycle was inspiring! But with more applications comes more need for donations to fund scholarships. We want to be able to award EVERY eligible student or adult applying but to do that we need YOUR HELP!

Please join us and INVEST in the future of Kansas City. You can make a one-time donation or even set up recurring donations.

Our Development Team had a recent visit from Jay Fisher, President of the Van Horn High School Alumni Association. The Alumni Association has provided for TEN named scholarships to be awarded to deserving students around Kansas City. Being a part of supporting such talent can mean so much, Jay reached out after his visit to say “Thank you for creating and maintaining initiatives having the potential to positively change lives, as well as the trajectories, aspirations, and expectations of entire families.”

If you are interested in learning more about our Named Scholarship opportunities please reach out to Karolyn Dreiling at

Employer Partner Program

Thanks to all of our Employer Network Partners, working in partnership with us to place our Scholars in GREAT JOBS!

Our Employer Partnership Program has three options that will allow you to increase the skill level and diversity of your current workforce while impacting the entire Kansas City workforce of tomorrow.

If we can help you find the staff you need, contact us at

How does the partnership work?

What's your Investment?


Annual membership for a set number of hires.


Per hire fee based on industry and number of hires.


Partnership where you cover 50% of training funds to upskill current staff to better paying jobs.

What's your Return?


Access to our qualified Scholar candidate pool on an ongoing basis to fulfill yearly hiring needs.


Access to our qualified Scholar candidate pool to fulfill immediate staffing needs.


Great Jobs KC financial investment covering 50% of training funds to upskill your current employees to better paying jobs.

What are the three program options and how do they work?



Access to our qualified scholar candidate pool.


Annual membership of $20,000 with up to 10 trained hires guaranteed.

Annual membership of $28,000 with up to 20 trained hires guaranteed.

Annual membership of $40,000 with up to 40 trained hires guaranteed.


New hire follow-up and support:

GJKC Advocates

One-on-one personal support through training and the first year of employment.

Workforce Development

We offer online training courses to support each new hire’s soft-skills development during their first consecutive six months of employment.

Scholar Support Resources

Access to community resources that aid in the managing of responsibilities while scholars adapt to work schedules and job expectations during the first twelve months of employment.



Access to our qualified scholar candidate pool.


$1,200 per hire in manufacturing and construction

$2,500 per hire in the medical or IT field.


New hire follow-up and support:

GJKC Advocates

One-on-one personal support through training and the first year of employment.

Workforce Development

We offer online training courses to support each new hire’s soft-skills development during their first consecutive six months of employment.

Scholar Support Resources

Access to community resources that aid in the managing of responsibilities while scholars adapt to work schedules and job expectations during the first twelve months of employment.



Great Jobs KC provides you with up to 50% of training funds to support your identified training needs. Per Scholar maximum contribution:

$5,000 (Health Industry)

3,500 (IT Industry)

$2,000 (Manufacturing Industry)

$1,250 (Construction Industry)


You are partnering with us to cover the remaining cost of training, 50%.


Follow-up and support:

GJKC Advocates

Not applicable.

Workforce Development

Additional training funds could be facilitated if applicable.

Scholar Support Resources

Access to community based resources available if needed.

In The Media

Listen to Great Jobs KC CEO, Earl Martin Phalen speak about his recent trip to the White House on “The Grio with Marc Lamont Hill”.

Read our CEO’s recent opinion piece in the KC Star. “It’s not too late to learn job skills, no matter your age.”


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Notice Our Email Addresses Have Changed?

To go along with the recent expansion of our name to Great Jobs KC, our organization’s email addresses are changing. Please reach out to your contact(s) here to get an updated email address. Our previous emails will continue to work for a few months, but please make sure to update them soon. Staff emails will be based on first and last name, but email addresses referenced on our website will remain the same before the @, but after the @, it will now be