Workforce Development

Millions of Americans face unemployment and struggle to find jobs that match their existing skillset. Likewise, many employers in a range of industries and sectors say they cannot find skilled workers to fill their current job openings and grow their businesses. The Mid-America Regional Council works with regional partners to connect those dots.

MARC works to enhance the performance of the metropolitan economy and expand inclusive economic opportunity, focusing on workforce development systems and postsecondary educational attainment using research and analysis.

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Workforce Data, Reports and Maps

Data, reports and maps about workforce development system supply, demand and resources help local elected officials, workforce development boards and employers fill their workforce needs. It also improves access to jobs, training, and career pathways for residents and increases cost efficiency and relevancy for workforce development programs.

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Regional Workforce Intelligence Network

The Regional Workforce Intelligence Network encourages greater collaboration among the region's workforce data and information professionals. RWIN is a collaboration of economic development professionals, one-stop centers, workforce centers, community colleges and universities that meet monthly.

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Government-to-University Initiative

The Government-to-University Initiative’s mission is to foster networking and information sharing to grow the talent pipeline for public sector careers in the region. 

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GradForce KC

GradForce KC guides postsecondary attainment initiatives in the Kansas City region. The program focuses on helping two primary populations — first-generation college students and adults who are returning to college.GradForce KC’s work is guided by a steering committee and works closely with other regional initiatives such as KC Rising and KC Scholars.

Connecting Adults to Credentials and Careers

KC Degrees

If every person who didn’t finish college went back and earned a credential or degree, it would create a win-win for families, employers and our region. Earning a certificate, associate degree, bachelor’s degree, or graduate degree can be life-changing for a person and their family.

KC Degrees helps adults earn a college degree or high-quality certificate by providing personalized, consistent and reliable college and career success services.