Job Skills for New Careers

Initiatives and Impact

Initiatives & Impact

Job Skills for New Careers

Help our community on the path to recovery. Empower people who are working hard but not getting ahead.

Launched at the beginning of 2020, the Truman Heartland Community Foundation community initiative, Job Skills for New Careers, is a strategic partnership focused on helping improve the economic status of families in Eastern Jackson County by providing a path to better paying, in-demand careers and resources to help them build financial stability in their lives.

Many low-wage restaurant and retail employees - who were barely making ends meet before the pandemic - are struggling to return to work. Job Skills for New Careers is the opportunity they need to recover and get on the path to jobs that are in-demand even during this crisis, including jobs in healthcare, technology and industrial trades.

In 2020, with $120,000 in support from Truman Heartland fundholders and a $60,000 grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, even amidst the coronavirus storm, the Job Skills initiative helped 81 participants.

In addition to covering the cost of training, the program provides wraparound support services, including public benefits counseling and financial coaching that will help remove barriers that may prevent program participants from reaching their goals both during the program and for the future. Now, as we approach the second year of the program, we anticipate demand to continue to grow.


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Ready To Support Job Skills for New Careers?

Your gift will immediately be used to help hardworking people in our community get on a path to building financial stability in their lives and for their family’s future.


Resources for Donor Advised Fundholders

Request a Grant through the Donor Portal       Download a Grant Recommendation Form

To discuss other giving options, contact Phil Hanson via email or by calling 816-836-8189.


Our Partners and Their Expertise

The result of conversations with our caring fundholders and months of research, Job Skills for New Careers is a collaboration with four key organizations: Community Services League, Mid-Continent Public Library, KC Scholars, and University of Central Missouri. This initiative uses each organization’s unique assets to offer trainings in fields that pay living wages and continue to be in high demand in the region.

Community Services League

CSL currently provides job skills training along with wraparound support services including financial coaching, income supports and employment counseling through its Bridges to Career Opportunities program. Job Skills for New Careers will utilize CSL’s expertise in enrolling participants, managing wraparound support service delivery, and tracking program outcomes. CSL’s Certified Nursing Assistant training will be offered through Job Skills for New Careers.

Mid-Continent Public Library


Herndon Career Center


University of Central Missouri


Certification Trainings Offered in First Year

The following Job Skills for New Careers training programs are being offered through our partner organizations. Additional trainings may be added as further funding is secured. 

  • CNA 
  • Introduction to Industrial Careers 
  • Other Medical Certifications such as medical billing, pharmacy tech, phlebotomy, etc.


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