Job Skills for New Careers
While our community is on the path to recovery, Job Skills for New Careers empowers people to dream bigger.
Launched in early 2020, Job Skills for New Careers is a collaborative initiative focused on helping adults gain the skills they need to qualify for better paying, in-demand careers. Trainees come from all areas of Eastern Jackson County looking for resources to help them build financial stability for themselves and their families. By providing comprehensive wrap-around services in addition to high-quality training, people learn how to build a successful work-life and navigate beyond barriers that prevent them from reaching their long-term goals.
Many local workers struggled to meet their basic needs during the pandemic. But Job Skills for New Careers offered them the opportunity for financial recovery and to emerge from this crisis in a better position. Thanks to an initial grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, support from 45 dedicated THCF fundholders, and a new strategic partnership with KC Scholars, Job Skills for New Careers continues to improve upon past success.
In 2021 the program added three high-demand training courses, Medical Coding & Billing, Phlebotomy, and Construction/Materials Handling, and nearly tripled the number of graduates, with 150 estimated by year-end.