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GREAT JOBS KC NOVEMBER 2023 NEWSLETTER

HONORING VETERANS DAY, FIRST-GEN WEEK, AND GIVING THANKS

What’s in a name?

Well, we’ve come to find out a great deal. We began our journey as KC Scholars, a college scholarship program providing funding for college for those who otherwise could not afford it. Our goals haven’t changed. We’ve expanded how we deliver on our core value of SCHOLARS FIRST. We want to move 50,000 Kansas Citians from underemployment to family-sustaining careers with benefits in the next ten years. And we know college isn’t the ONLY path to a Great Job and that a degree alone doesn’t secure employment. For those reasons, we are broadening our organizational name to Great Jobs KC. KC Scholars will still be our college scholarship program. But, with the addition of our tuition-free job training program – called Great Jobs KC – and the development of our career resource team along with our employer engagement team, which is working to develop partnerships with KC area employers to secure ALL of our Scholars GREAT JOBS when they complete their program, we felt our organizational name should reflect ALL that we do.

A Message From Our CEO

“Our Employer Partnership Program supports the workforce needs by providing all employers access to skilled, motivated, knowledgeable Scholars ready to work and start their career.” -Earl Martin Phalen

Kansas City is a city of strong communities, innovation, and endless potential. Our newest program at Great Jobs KC is the Employer Partnership program. Great Jobs KC’s mission advances knowledge and education while assisting socio-economic advancement for its scholars, employer partners and community. We are in partnership with so many amazing local Kansas City businesses to shape the skill-level and diversity of the current workforce and impact the entire communities workforce while we help our scholars secure great jobs!

We work alongside our employers to support our Scholars with soft-skills training, basic needs services and retention support to both the Scholar and the employer to make sure everyone is successful. We invest thousands of dollars per candidate to develop a more skilled, successful individual.

Our Scholars are:

• High school students interested in internships.

• College students interested in internships.

• College graduates interested in starting their careers.

• Qualified adults looking for career growth and development opportunities.

How Are Our Candidates Different?

Great Job KC’s candidates are from six county bi-state regions in Kansas and Missouri (Cass, Clay, Platte, Jackson, Johnson, and Wyandotte). They are local talent, meaning they are invested in the community and in staying at each of your organizations.

• 77% of college graduates are first generation college students.

• Great Jobs KC Program Scholars receive life skills and support services during and post certification training.

• All Great Jobs KC Scholars are supported through their first year of employment by a dedicated Scholar Advocate.

• Over 80% of our Scholars are from diverse backgrounds and demographics.

Our Employer Partnership Program supports the workforce needs by providing all employers access to skilled, motivated, knowledgeable Scholars ready to work and start their career.

Over the last 7 years, we have assisted thousands of Scholars from different ethnic backgrounds. Through our college scholarships, KC Scholars, and our tuition free job training program, Great Jobs KC program, our goal is to help 50,000 Kansas Citians secure good paying jobs within the next 10 years. Our goal of helping thousands of community members secure family-sustaining careers is more than just a vision: it’s a promise of a brighter future. We want to keep qualified, diverse talent in the Kansas City community where it belongs. It is good for individuals, our regional economy and our community.

Thank you for your partnership and allowing our mission to change lives in our great city!

-Earl Martin Phalen

77% of college graduates are first generation college students.

Over 80% of our Scholars are from diverse backgrounds and demographics.

Our goal is to help 50,000 Kansas Citians secure good paying jobs.

SCHOLARS FIRST

Our first Core Value is the one that drives our mission and inspires us everyday is SCHOLARS FIRST, here is what our scholars have to say.

“My life has been upward bound since receiving a scholarship. I was able to gain a degree and get a better paying job to support my family.”

Dawnisha Douglas, 2017 KC Scholar – Park University B.S. Criminal Justice

Our KC Scholars High School Scholarship Team

Northwest Missouri State University Campus Tour

Northwest Missouri State University hosted a campus visit for KC Scholars high school seniors and their family members on Saturday, September 30. Scholars attended presentations about admissions, diversity and inclusion, and financial aid, received a 1-on-1 campus tour, and ate lunch with current KC Scholars. We appreciated our college partner hosting this opportunity for KC Scholars!

Below are pictures from the tour.

One of KC Scholars’ core values is continuous improvement. Several employees displayed this core value by attending professional conferences. Natalie Lewis, Kaylie Smith, and Kaylee Sundeen traveled to Las Vegas, NV, September 27-29 to attend the National Scholarship Providers Association’s (NSPA) annual conference, Opportunity: Maximizing the Collective Impact of Scholarships. They were able to join more than 600+ scholarship providers across the country to collaborate about best practices, network with other organizations, and discuss innovative student supports to increase educational attainment and help students realize their dreams for themselves, their families, and their communities. Andrea Diaz and Daneille Rogg Guillermo attended the National College Attainment Network (NCAN) annual conference, Uniting for Equity: Shaping the Future of Postsecondary Attainment, in Dallas, Texas. They joined postsecondary access and success practitioners nationwide to cultivate new ideas, examine current strategies, and ensure that we are putting our best, most effective foot forward for all Scholars. All are excited to bring back what they learned to KC Scholars! NSPA and NCAN conference attendees will be hosting a snack and learn on Tuesday, November 15, from 2-3 p.m. in the Marion Board Room or Teams if you would like to hear more about what they learned.

K-State Pumpkin Painting Party

On Monday, October 16th, Kaylie Smith, Scholar Advocate, attended a Pumpkin Painting Party hosted by the Academic Achievement Center and the Office of First Generation Students at Kansas State University. First-gen students, Give Back Scholars, and KC Scholars were in attendance. Students got the opportunity to pick out a pumpkin and paint anything they wanted! It was great to see so many students making new friends at this de-stress event.

HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARS NEWS & UPDATES

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

Pro X Internship Application

Pro X Internship Application: proxsummer.org

The Pro X internship application is open now! We encourage all grade levels to apply for a summer career experience to fulfill the internship requirement of the program. Pro X is a 5-week paid summer internship or project supervised by a professional mentor.

Student will commit to 25 hours of professional experiences each week. They will earn a $1,250 stipend and 1 hr. of academic credit after successful completion. Click here to apply! The deadline to apply is December 31, 2023.

You will need a resume to complete the Pro X application, so we are hosting a virtual resume workshop on Nov. 8 at 4:00 p.m. This Resume Workshop will be offered virtually. Register here for the Resume Workshop.

FSA ID session

FSA ID session: Nov. 15 at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley, Room PVHU103

All scholars must complete the free application for financial aid (FASFA). All parents must have an FSA ID. The FAFSA opens in December, but FSA IDs can be created now. 12th grade scholars and their caregivers are invited to attend our in-person FSA ID session on Wednesday, November 15th from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Penn Valley Community College in Room PVHU 103, 3201 SW Trafficway, Kansas City, MO 64111.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process has been updated this year and requires all parents to have a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID before completing the FAFSA. This workshop will walk you through the FAFSA process and give you time to create an FSA ID. Please save your spot to ensure we have enough computers and seats: save your spot here.

FSA ID session

FSA ID session: Dec. 6, virtual

If you cannot attend the in-person workshop, we are offering the same workshop virtually on Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. Register here. The recording of this session will also be available for those who cannot attend.

Announcements & Reminders

Portal Tasks Your portal reflects the tasks that you need to complete this school year. Be sure to log in and complete your tasks regularly.

Meet Your College Adviser You have a dedicated college adviser. Be sure to connect with them and attend the events they organize to support your college journey.

Internships We have updated our program requirements to include internships. We will document your career exploration journey, including completing an internship via your scholar portal.

FAFSA changes The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process has been updated this year and requires all parents to have a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID before completing the FAFSA. Parents without a social security number can contribute information to the FAFSA and they will also need a FSA ID. Federal Student Aid is still finalizing the process for this group of parents to create a FSA ID without a social security number

Our KC Scholars Adult Learner Scholarship Team

Introduction to Microsoft Word Class

The Adult Learner team hosted Introduction to Microsoft Word classes at the Plaza Library on Monday, October 23rd and 30th, and will host another on Monday, November 6th. All Adult Learner awardees are invited to participate. We appreciate everything the adult learner team does to provide support for our Scholars! 

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Great Jobs KC has partnered with Community America Bank.

They are providing space so we can conduct our Professional Career Skills Workshops. Our scholars can also take advantage of the banks free Finacial Well Being one-on-one coaching which is located on the premises. This location is also accessible by bus so it makes it very convenient for our scholars.

We have also partnered with the following locations to offer our workshops:

  • Gladstone Community Center
  • iWerx North KC
  • Rosedale Development Association

What is

Access to 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 Great Jobs KC 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, Interviewing, 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
  • Support National/State Certifications

4. Employer Network Team: EMPLOYMENT

  • Introduction to Career Resource Manager
  • Update and complete resume
  • Introductions to Employers

5. ONE YEAR COACHING & MENTORING POST-EMPLOYMENT

  • Frequent communication from Scholar Advocate during first year of employment
  • Assistance with additional certifications
  • Alumni Support

What programs does Great Jobs KC offer?

Healthcare

  • Clinical Medical Assistant
  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Certified Nursing Assistant Enhanced
  • EKG Technician
  • ICD-10 Medical Billing and Coding
  • Administrative Medical Assistant
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • Sterile Processing
  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Certified Medical Technician
  • Certified Medication Aide

Manufacturing

  • Certified Manufacturing Associate
  • Welder
  • Assembler
  • Machine Operator
  • Operations Clerk

Information Technology

  • Project+
  • Network+
  • Computer User Support
  • Digital Marketing
  • Business Analytics
  • Sales Development
  • Sales Operations
  • “Bridge to Technology (IT Prep Course)”
  • UX Design
  • IT Support Specialist
  • IT Automation with Python
  • Data Analytics
  • Project Management
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Project Management
  • Cybersecurity
  • Security Consultant
  • Data Analytics
  • Enterprise Computing
  • Linux System Administrator

Logistics/Warehousing

  • Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
  • Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL-A)
  • Warehouse Supervisor
  • Warehouse Manager
  • Warehouse Associate

Construction

  • Construction fundamentals
  • CAD (Computer Aided Drafting and Design)
  • Revit BIM (Revit for Building Information Modeling)
  • Pre-Apprenticeships and apprenticeships in iron work
  • Carpenters
  • General labor
  • Painters/glaziers
  • Operating engineers

Service Careers

  • Dog Grooming
  • Insurance Agent
  • Insurance Specialist
  • Claims Adjuster 

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Our Job-Training Partners

GJKC has signed an agreement with Excelsior Springs Area Career Center. 

Excelsior Springs is located 30 miles NE of downtown KCMO in Clay County. This partnership will expand our reach to an area that serves 7+ rural high schools and communities in Clay County that have access to Excelsior Springs Area Career Center but may not have the resources to enroll. Our partnership includes CNA, CMT, EMT, and Firefighter training w/ the possibility for future construction, electrical, and automotive courses for adults.

Our Community Engagement Team

Ever come across the incredible Deanna Munoz? She’s the force behind the Latino Arts Foundation/LatinX Education Collaborative, and she’s a game-changer. She’s the mastermind behind one of the biggest Latino Festivals and Hispanic Cultural Arts Centers in Kansas, and here’s the kicker: it’s mostly self-funded. Talk about dedication!

What really sets her apart is her unwavering passion for nurturing Hispanic cultural art and providing a platform for mentorship.

Running an organization can sometimes put personal dreams on hold, especially when it comes to higher education. But guess what? KC Scholars stepped in and made dreams come true for both Deanna and her child, Priscilla. Priscilla snagged a KC Scholar’s Adult Learner’s Scholarship, and now {they’re} rocking a solid 4.0 GPA as a sophomore at KU.

KC Scholars—is not just opening doors; we’re taking away the heavy burden of college tuition. And that means Deanna, and parents like her, can keep doing what they do best: being changemakers in our community. Deanna is now working with our Community Engagement team to help spread the word about Great Jobs KC training and college scholarships!

Scholar Support Resources

Our Associate Vice President of Development, Karolyn Dreiling and Community Resource Manager Brandey Chandler attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony of Community Service League’s newly renovated Hawthorne Place Apartments. (Click here)

Our Community Resource Manager, Brandey Chandler attended the launch of Black Excellence Inc’s new collaboration with the Heartland Chamber of Commerce.

If your business or non-profit would like to become a wrap-around service partner helping to provide support for our scholars please reach out us at CommunityResources@kcscholars.org 

Employer Partner Program

We’d like to welcome and THANK our newest Employer Partners who have signed on with us to gain access to our exceptional pool of qualified Scholars to fill their much needed open positions.

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@kcscholars.org.

How does the partnership work?

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.

What makes our Scholars different?

1. Great Jobs KC candidates come from our six county area (Cass, Clay, Platte, and Jackson in Missouri-Johnson and Wyandotte in Kansas), so they are local talent, meaning they are invested in the community and in staying at your organization.

2. Great Jobs KC invests thousands of dollars per candidate in soft skills workplace and life skills workshops to develop a more stable individual.

In The Media

Great Jobs KC COO Natalie Lewis explains our two programs that are getting Kansas Citians GREAT JOBS on KCTV5’s My KC Live.

Great Jobs KC was featured on Telemundo recently. Click to see the story

KC Scholars, Changing Lives Through Resources and Career Opportunities

School and career goals are easier to achieve with the support of KC Scholars. We tell you how you can take advantage of the available resources and fulfill your dreams. More information at GREATJOBSKC.ORG

University of Missouri celebrates our very own KC Scholars.

See Our Impact

On October 19th our COO, Natalie Lewis presented our year six program evaluation, celebrating our victories and providing insight to our ever expanding programs. If you missed the presentation you can view it HERE.

The written report will be available soon on our Evaluation Page.

On Saturday October 7th our scholarship program, KC Scholars was awarded the Outstanding Educational Achievement Program Award by the South Kansas City Alliance. Our COO, Natalie Lewis was on hand to receive the award along with some other very deserving educational programs including one of our Great Jobs KC training partners, T and L Welding Academy.

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