The Full Employment Council is getting a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, payable over five years, to help Kansas City area schools and organizations provide postsecondary training for high-tech jobs.
The grant is one of 39 awarded around the country to be used in partnerships to “develop tech talent” and “keep and create jobs in local economies.”
The Missouri Hospital Association, the Kansas Hospital Association, the National Tooling and Machining Association, Think Big Partners, the University of Central Missouri and Metropolitan Community College are working with the Full Employment Council to provide training services under the grant.
The Labor Department grant, part of the TechHire initiative announced by the White House in March 2015, will be augmented by nearly $5 million in additional funds raised locally.
The grant will serve about 2,000 people between the ages of 17 and 29 who qualify as having barriers to training and employment in Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte and Ray counties in Missouri. Information about the program is available from the Full Employment Council.