Great Jobs KC

THE KC MAVERICKS are in the DIVISION FINALS and we couldn’t be prouder to be a partner in their SAVES program with their donation of over $16,000 to
Great Jobs KC!

NEARLY $48 MILLION IN SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED IN MAY!

MAY 2024 NEWSLETTER

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A Message From Our CEO

Continuing Dr. King's Legacy - Great Jobs KC's Commitment to Equality and Opportunity: A Message from Earl Martin Phalen, CEO of Great Jobs KC

April 4th, 1968, the world lost a visionary leader when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated at the age of 39. His tireless advocacy for justice, equality, and opportunity continues to inspire generations, including us at Great Jobs KC. As we reflect on Dr. King’s legacy, we are reminded of the urgency and importance of our goal of helping thousands of Kansas Citians secure good- paying jobs over the next 10 years.

Dr. King’s work at the time of his murder, supporting striking sanitation workers, was rooted in the belief that economic empowerment is essential for true liberation. He understood that without economic opportunities, individuals and communities would struggle to make progress in all areas. Great Jobs KC is dedicated to carrying forward Dr. King’s vision by providing job training, career development, and mentorship programs aimed at empowering all individuals.

In the face of adversity and injustice, Dr. King remained steadfast in his commitment to nonviolent resistance and social change. His legacy challenges us to confront the inequities that persist in our society more than a half century after his death and to work relentlessly and tirelessly to dismantle them. At Great Jobs KC, we are compelled to raise awareness about the importance of equal opportunities and to advocate for social justice at colleges and universities, within the workplace, in business and in the community. By investing in the future through initiatives that promote leadership, education, and personal growth, we build on Dr. King’s belief in the potential of young minds to effect change.

As we honor Dr. King’s memory, let us recommit ourselves to the unfinished work of creating a more just, equitable, and inclusive society. Together, we can continue Dr. King’s legacy and build a brighter future for all.

– EARL MARTIN PHALEN

Economic empowerment is essential for true liberation

Dr. King’s legacy challenges us to confront the inequities that persist in our society

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As a beneficiary of the SAVES program with the KC Mavericks, they donate $10 per at-home save made by their stellar goalkeeper, which amounted to 1,666 saves equaling $16,660!

SCHOLARS FIRST

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:

Thank you for reaching out. I have completed the CDL program at Apex and have also gotten my Class A License! More then that, I have already gotten a great job offer, for a driving position at Performance Food Group! My starting entry level pay will be $83,500, and it’s all local work, Money-Friday, and I actually start orientation on Monday, April 1st. I am excited and more than anything, just grateful for this job opportunity!

My, thanks again to KC scholars and everything that you all have done for me. I will reach out if there is anything else that I need. Have a great evening!

-Shalita Durham, CDL Driver

My name is Tong, and I am graduating from the University of Kansas with dual Bachelor’s degrees. One is in Global International Studies, while the other focuses on East Asian Languages and Culture, with a concentration in Chinese Language. KC Scholars made it possible for me to attend college. During my time at the university, I was able to study abroad in Thailand and have a life-changing experience. Because of KC Scholars and other scholarships, I was able to study abroad and attend college without having to worry about finances.

-Tong Moua- 2018 Traditional Scholarship Recipient

OUR TEAM ROCKS!!

What you are saying about us....

I have been a reviewer for a few years, and have donated to KC Scholars for about the same length of time. During that time I have had numerous contacts with Amy Shapiro concerning the evaluation process. She has been helpful beyond all expectations. She is one of the reasons that I continue my connection with the program. Her kindness and patience seem endless. You should be proud to have her as a representative for the organization.

– Patrick Musick

Great Jobs KC COO, Natalie Lewis was invited to give the toast at the MU: CASE Salute to Excellence

The biannual event highlights the graduating seniors from MU’s Center for Academic Success & Excellence program. They also celebrated the “Dean’s List Scholars” for this year at the event held April 18th at the Reynolds Alumni Center.

High School Scholarship Team

Nearly 48 MILLION DOLLARS in scholarships will be awarded!

YESTERDAY was our AWARD DAY when we awarded 250 9th graders with a College Savings Match award and 264 11th graders with a Traditional Scholarship.

Congrats to these Scholars and their families!

Additionally, on May 30th KC Scholars will award a Round 2 of Institutional-Only scholarships to 530 11th graders to use at specific institutions within our current Postsecondary Network of Partners. All potential Round 2 awardees are invited to learn more with our Institutional-Only information sessions to help determine which schools would be the best fit for them.

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All scholarship recipients will be invited to Make Your Mark on Saturday, June 22, 2024 at the Kansas City Convention Center. This event is designed for Scholars to learn more about the KC Scholars scholarship program, meet the team that will support them throughout their high school and college journey, connect with other scholarship recipients, and more!

Thanks to our sponsors:

Virtual College Fair

On April 9, KC Scholars hosted a virtual Postsecondary Network College Fair. About 20 current college students attended to learn more about the schools they could transfer to with their Traditional or Adult Learner Scholarship. We appreciate our college partners working with us to help Scholars find their best fit and continue their academic journey!

K-State Campus Visit

On Saturday, April 6, seven KC Scholars families traveled together on a bus to Manhattan, Kansas, where they attended Kansas State University’s Open House. Graciela Berumen, K-State Assistant Director of College Access and Community Outreach, hosted scholars and families. Open House offered families many options to explore the residence halls, campus tours (walking or by bus!), and research projects from K-State students and faculty. Scholars and families were accompanied by members of the Great Jobs KC high school scholarship team – Lauren Fant and Mary Kate Kelly.

Mizzou Campus Visit

Seniors at the University of Missouri-Columbia stopped by for a Snack & Chat at the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center to pick up their KC Scholars graduation stoles on April 15. More than 30 Scholars stopped by the event, where they discussed their overall college experience at Mizzou and shared their plans for post-graduation with Scholar Advocate Lucretia Haley. Congrats to all of our Scholars who are getting ready to graduate in Spring 2024. We are so proud of you!

Institutional-Only Meetings

KC Scholars has been hosting information sessions about the institutions in our Postsecondary Network that will be offering Institutional-Only Scholarships on May 30. These institutions include: Avila University, Kansas City Art Institute, Missouri State University, Northwest Missouri State University, University of Missouri- Columbia, University of Missouri- Kansas City, University of Saint Mary, and William Jewell College. You can learn more about these schools here.

Adult Learner Scholarship Team

April KCS Connect Session

Every month the Adult Learner team hosts KC Scholars Connect for Adult Learner scholarship recipients. During these sessions, Adult Learners share their experiences with one another, share resources, and build connections. There were 25 Adult Learners present at the April 3rd KC Scholars Connect at The Borough KC. We love connecting with our Scholars at events like these!

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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

2. PROFESSIONAL CAREER SKILLS WORKSHOPS

  • 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

3. OCCUPATIONAL SKILLS TRAINING

  • 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 

5. ONE YEAR COACHING & MENTORING POST-EMPLOYMENT

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

What programs does Great Jobs KC offer?

Healthcare

  • 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

Manufacturing

  • 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

Logistics/Warehousing

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

Construction

  • 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?

Fill out the form and find out. Or, if this is the perfect opportunity for someone you know, please share the link with them.

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Our Donors, Our Heroes

Save the Date! Join us for Great Jobs KC’s 2nd Annual Giving Day: Fill Our Cap!

Mark your calendars for Friday, May 17th, as we come together to make dreams a reality. With your support, we can empower deserving high school students to pursue higher education through college scholarships. Every donation counts in ensuring no student is left behind.

Let’s fill our cap with hope, opportunity, and endless possibilities. Stay tuned for more details on how you can be a part of this life-changing initiative! Together, we can shape brighter futures.

Employer Partner Program

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

E&K of Kansas City

E & K of Kansas City is a Specialty Contractor that specializes in Metals, Plastics, Project Management and Coordination.

From its beginning in 1956 E&K has been committed to delivering the highest quality services to customers and today is one of the largest union interior and exterior finish contractors in the United States.

Examples of positions:

Laborers, Carpenters and Painters.

Children's Mercy Hospital

Children’s Mercy is a leading independent children’s health organization dedicated to holistic care, translational research, breakthrough innovation, and educating the next generation of caregivers.

Examples of positions:

CNA’s, Lab Tech’s, Sterile Processing, Patient Access Reps

Murphy-Hoffman Company

Murphy-Hoffman Company is a full-service dealership network with over 125 locations across 19 states. Its mission is to provide employees with a responsive, safe, and superior working environment; a spirit of team effort and rewarding them with the courtesy and respect they deserve.

Examples of positions:

CDL’s, Accounting professionals, Business Analyst, IT and Management trainees.

It is our mission to find our Scholars GREAT JOBS

Last month we held our first ever HIRING EVENT, sponsored by HCA Midwest Health. It was a team effort including our Employer Engagement Managers, Career Resource Managers, and Community Engagement team.

The event was held on Wednesday April 17th at Chicken N Pickle in Overland Park.

We had hiring professionals from

  • HCA Midwest Health
  • Advent Health
  • Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center
  • Swope Health
  • Tutera Senior Living and Health Care

45 Scholars attended and had immediate access and conversations with hiring representatives. They were able to interview on-the-spot for available positions that met their experience/training.

A special THANK YOU to HCA Healthcare Foundation for the generous grant of $25,000 presented to Great Jobs KC’s Karolyn Dreiling by Jay Blumhorst, Vice President of Human Resources at Menorah Medical Center. This grant will help to support our Scholars with hiring events and resources to help our Scholars find careers in healthcare.

How does the partnership work?

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 EmployerNetwork@greatjobskc.org.

What's your Investment?

TALENT SUPPLY

Annual membership for a set number of hires.

TALENT ACQUISITION

Per hire fee based on industry and number of hires.

TALENT DEVELOPMENT

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

What's your Return?

TALENT SUPPLY

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

TALENT ACQUISITION

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

TALENT DEVELOPMENT

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?

TALENT SUPPLY

OUR CONTRIBUTION:

Access to our qualified scholar candidate pool.

EMPLOYER CONTRIBUTION:

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.

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT:

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.

TALENT ACQUISITION

OUR CONTRIBUTION:

Access to our qualified scholar candidate pool.

EMPLOYER CONTRIBUTION:

$1,200 per hire in manufacturing and construction

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

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT:

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.

TALENT DEVELOPMENT

OUR CONTRIBUTION:

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)

EMPLOYER CONTRIBUTION:

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

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT:

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.

OUR TRAINING PARTNERS

Our training partners provide much more than just training for our Scholars. Our healthcare training partner, ME 2 You Academy provides externship opportunities that often times lead to full-time positions upon completion. That’s just what happened recently when two of our Scholars were hired on as Medical Assistants at Test Smartly Lab’s newest location on Wornall in Kansas City, Missouri. Congrats to our Scholars and as always, THANK YOU to our supportive partners.

COMMUNITY RESOURCE PARTNERS

Great Jobs KC is excited to begin our partnership with Pathway Financial Education. Pathway will offer its online and in-person classes to Scholars in the areas of Money Values, Understanding Credit, Budgeting & Saving, and Managing Debt. As our Scholars complete training and move into better paying jobs, we are pleased to have partners that help develop the money management skills that lead to long-term financial stability.

If your organization offers supportive services and resources to those on the path to financial stability, please reach out to CommunityResources@greatjobskc.org.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

The Great Jobs KC Community Engagement Team is thrilled to recognize the outstanding contributions of our Admissions and Enrollment teammates, Asya Beasley, Clinton McCullough, and Jillian Gotfredson. Their dedication and tireless efforts have played a pivotal role in helping thousands of enrollees navigate the complexities of the admissions and enrollment process, ensuring no one falls through the cracks.

Enrollment processes can often be daunting, with potential enrollees facing hurdles such as a lack of readiness to proceed. This is just one of the ways within our division where Asya, Clinton, and Jillian have truly made a difference. By offering personalized guidance and support, they have helped move hundreds of individuals beyond stagnant stages in their enrollment journey, significantly impacting their paths toward employment and personal growth.

Asya Beasley, known for her attention to detail and empathy, has been instrumental in identifying and addressing the specific needs of each prospective scholar. Her ability to connect on a personal level by addressing objections and ensuring that they grasp the profound impact our program can have on their lives and the lives of their families.

Clinton McCullough brings a wealth of knowledge and a warm, approachable demeanor to the team. His expertise and steadfast commitment to following up with each case and ensuring the seamless execution of the enrollment process have been indispensable in maintaining efficiency and fluidity.

Jillian Gotfredson’s new innovative strategies and nurturing demeanor have made a significant impact in such a short time. Her encouragement and positivity have been invaluable!

The achievements of the Community Engagement Team are not just their own but are also testament to the hard work and dedication of Asya, Clinton, and Jillian. We are immensely grateful for their exceptional commitment and service. Together, we are making a significant impact on the Kansas City community, one enrollee at a time. Thank you, Asya, Clinton, and Jillian — your hard work and dedication inspire us all!

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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 @greatjobskc.org.