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A Message From Our CEO

“Seven years ago, as we embarked on this mission to transform lives through education, we only imagined the possibilities and hoped to have an impact.” -Earl Phalen

September was for celebrations!

September 21st is a special day for our organization. It not only marks the birthday of the visionary who launched the programs that would create the foundation for KC Scholars, but it also commemorates the anniversary of the launch of our organization. These two milestones celebrated on the same day allow us to reflect on Mr. Kauffman and KC Scholars’ incredible impact on our community. This year marks our 7th anniversary as an organization.

Seven years ago, as we embarked on this mission to transform lives through education, we only imagined the possibilities and hoped to have an impact. Today, we look back with a sense of pride and forward with a sense of focus. Our path has been nothing short of remarkable, thanks to the collective efforts of all of you.

Internally, this anniversary is a moment to take pride in the tireless work of our dedicated team. Our passionate commitment to our scholars has made us a force for positive change in Kansas City.

Externally, our impact has been far-reaching. We have witnessed the transformation of lives, families, and communities. Our scholars have succeeded academically and become leaders, change-makers, and beacons of hope for others. The ripple effect of our work extends far beyond what we can measure, touching the hearts and minds of countless individuals.

Our journey has been marked by milestones—each scholarship awarded, each obstacle overcome, each graduation celebrated, and every job secured.

The growth of our Great Jobs KC program and the development of our employer partnership team has allowed us to expand our services, create more opportunity, and impact more lives. We are now so much more than a college scholarship program. These milestones are a testament to the power of education/training and the unwavering belief that every individual deserves a chance to excel regardless of background.

In the years to come, let us continue to expand our horizons, reach more communities, and create pathways to success for even more deserving scholars. As we navigate the ever-evolving workforce landscape, let us never lose sight of our core values—scholars first, integrity, excellence, and inclusivity.

I extend my deepest gratitude to our supporters, donors, partners, board members, and the entire Kansas City community. Your belief in our mission has been our greatest asset. Your support has fueled our growth and enabled us to make a lasting impact. Together, we are shaping a brighter future for Kansas City.

In closing, as we celebrate our 7th anniversary, let us look back with pride and look forward with purpose. Our journey is far from over, and the best is yet to come. Together, we will continue transforming lives and building a stronger, more vibrant Kansas City.

Thank you for your unwavering commitment to KC Scholars. Here’s to the next seven years and beyond.

With gratitude and determination,

– Earl

Scholars first, integrity, excellence, and inclusivity.

Our mission has been our greatest asset.

Here's to the next seven years and beyond.


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.

“Since graduating, I am currently in my first year teaching Kindergarten in the Kansas City area! I love my Kindergarteners and love knowing I am making an impact on their lives. Every day starts with the best hugs from my amazing kids! I am also pursuing my masters degree in Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum through Mizzou! And of course, always looking for scholarships and other resources to help me reach my educational and professional goals!”

Emma Gorombey, 2019 MU only scholarship recipient, graduated from Mizzou, Summer 2023

Our KC Scholars High School Scholarship Team

Our KC Scholars Scholarship team held a High School Counselor Lunch and Learn at KCK community college this past month.

During the month of September, the high school team facilitated three informational sessions for high school counselors and other key stakeholders within the schools. They held both virtual and in-person events. Nearly 100 high school staff members attended these sessions. They learned about all of our programs including KC Scholars College Scholarships. They also learned how to best support their students in discovering how to finance and accomplish their post-secondary goals.

Our 19 college partners joined us on September 20th at the annual KC Scholars College Fair for high school juniors and seniors. More than 150 Scholars and family members attended this event! Attendees explored their college options by connecting with admissions representatives and had the opportunity to attend a presentation about financial aid by one of our hybrid advisers with the College Advising Corps. We can’t wait to see where our Scholars decide to go to college!

Our KC Scholars Adult Learner Scholarship Team


Find out about Application Workshops HERE

This Month's

KC Scholars Connect

This past month our Adult Learner Scholar Advocate team created an inviting and accepting environment for the Adult Learners which led to great discussion around the monthly topic of imposter syndrome, connections with each other, and resource sharing. It can be difficult to create an authentic space in a virtual world, but they all knocked it out of the park!

Shoutout for embodying what it means to put Scholars first!




Currently in Training


Currently in Workshops



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


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


  • 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


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

What programs does Great Jobs KC offer?


  • 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


  • 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


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


  • 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

Events from September

New Training Partners

Per Scholas – Information Technology

Per Scholas is a new to Kansas City IT training institution that engages Scholars in a self-paced curriculum of IT support or cybersecurity. Scholars also benefit from support including financial coaching, academic support, and a stipend.

Northwest Missouri State – Information Technology

Using the NC Lab platform, NWMS offers three in-demand IT programs including Data Analytics, Python Developer, and Digital Marketing. Students who complete these programs receive industry-recognized credentials.

MadeMen – Insurance License Program

License Program MadeMen has a new insurance agent license program. In two-weeks a Scholar is able to become a licensed insurance agent within Kansas and Missouri. Like Made Men’s other courses, the soft skills included in the program prepare Scholars for their next steps post-training.

We are proud to announce our partnership with the Guadalupe Center in order to offer ESL classes to GJKC Scholars. 

Soon, we will have the opportunity to enroll Scholars into ESL classes specifically designed for GJKC Scholars. Many potential Scholars come to us wanting to enroll into our programs but their command of the English language has stopped them from moving forward. We can now offer those potential Scholars these classes before they are enrolled into occupational training. Seating will be limited each month so our team will work to identify the Scholars in most need. We are very excited about this new opportunity for our Scholars! No Scholar left behind!


Will you help change a life? Every gift makes a difference.

Chicken & Pickle awarded us with the funds we raised back in August with our Give Back night. Thanks again to everyone who came out!

KC Scholars Associate Vice President of Development, Karolyn Dreiling, received the generosity of some of our many donors this past month who sponsor Named Scholarships.

WdS Educational Foundation with Terry Smitka, Tom Kohl, and David de la Fuente – they provide 14 Named Scholarships!

At the Hickman Mills Education Foundation Gala with Charles Farris, ED and Cheryl Farris, President – they have a Named Scholarship

At the Truman Heartland Community Foundation Gala. Pictured with Nancy and John Kimack – who have a Named Scholarship.

Our Community Engagement Team

The Community Engagement team has been tirelessly weaving its threads into the fabric of the community, amplifying Great Jobs KC’s dedication to fostering employment opportunities and skills development for the local populace. By having a presence at job fairs, such as the Lees Summit Job Fair, we have directly connected job seekers with potential skills training opportunities, with hopes of bridging economic gaps and help provide opportunities for personal growth.

We participated in a number of high school and back to school events to not only guide the next generation toward promising career paths but also reach  parents seeking a better life for their family. The team’s displays at Oak Park Mall provided a convenient platform for mall-goers to become acquainted with Great Jobs KC’s programs, turning an ordinary shopping trip into a potential life-changing encounter. Not only does the Community Engagement Team change lives through skills-training enrollment, we show up for community causes and partners that improve the lives in our community. We were one of the sponsors for the Uzazi Village Annual Black Infant Mortality walk as well as a sponsor of the Mattie Rhodes Center’s Masquerade Gala underscoring our commitment to societal well-being, recognizing that the health and prosperity of a community is not just about jobs, but the holistic well-being of its members.

Scholar Support Resources

If your business or non-profit would like to become a Scholar Support Resource 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 employerengagement@kcscholars.org 

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.


KC Scholars 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.



KC Scholars 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.

What makes our Scholars different?

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

In The Media

Changing the lives of individuals is incredible, changing the trajectory of generations is amazing. Check out the story of an entire family affected by Mr. Kauffman and his visionary programs.

If you weren’t home during the day to catch it, our CEO Earl Martin Phalen and our Great Jobs KC Scholar Charice Jackson were featured on Great Day KC on Fox 4 recently.

Earl was featured on the Forbes Newsroom to talk about student loan debt widening the racial wealth gap.

Have you seen our commercials airing on your TVs? We have both English and Spanish versions airing through the first part of October all across the region. Thank you so much to our Scholars for participating in our ad campaign and sharing their stories of success!

See Our Impact

Our team was working at the Missouri State office building yesterday and a woman was having such a bad day, her husband just passed away and Brian, one of our staff, happened to ask if she’d heard about us and she hadn’t but decided to learn more and eventually signed up for our Great Jobs KC job training program!

She was overcome with tears because of the joy she got from the opportunity with everything that had just taken place recently.

The next day, Brian was working at the Evergy connect event, and the same woman was there and she was so happy to see Brian. The pics don’t even do justice to the happiness they both felt from seeing each other. Pamela is now enrolled with one of our healthcare training partners, talk about being in the right place at the right time – our team is incredible that way!

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