TechHire grants move KC, U.S. hiring into 21st century

Kansas City’s Full Employment Council (FEC) has received for the second year a $5 million grant as part of President Barack Obama’s TechHire initiative.

The FEC pairs adults ages 17 to 29 with educational opportunities to receive training for higher wage jobs in IT, health care, advanced manufacturing and financial services.

On Wednesday, Deputy Labor Secretary Christopher Lu, FEC CEO Clyde McQueen and many others met to discuss the implementation of the $5 million grant.

There are three things that need to be accomplished with this grant, McQueen said, including:

  • Implementing a “grid” between high schools and colleges or universities where high school students can go to universities or community colleges and get a credential.
  • Increasing focus on the barrier between credit and non-credit course work.
  • Integrating planning and training with work base learning in organic environments.

Read more: Kansas City Business Journal


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