U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez will visit MCC

Metropolitan Community College is pleased to announce that U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez will visit the MCC-Business & Technology campus on Tuesday, Aug. 18.

PEREZWHO: Thomas E. Perez, sworn in July 23, 2013, is the nation’s 26th secretary of labor.

WHAT: Secretary Perez is stopping by MCC to see firsthand the results of the three “MoWINs” grants, which use federal funding to train the unemployed, underemployed and veterans for high-skill jobs in health care, manufacturing and the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. Perez is interested in the impact this training has had on the regional economy.

At MCC-Business & Technology, Perez will get a private tour, then take part in a roundtable discussion featuring MCC business partners and successful graduates of the programs. Mark James, MCC chancellor, and Terry Dunn, chairman of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, will welcome the Secretary, other participants, audience and media.

WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 18. The program should start shortly after 10:45 a.m. and conclude by noon.

WHERE: MCC-Business & Technology, 1775 Universal Ave., Kansas City MO 64120. Discussion will take place in Room 200 of the Technology Center ( TC).  Directions: From Front Street, turn north on Universal Avenue. The campus will be on the right (east) side.


More about the MoWINs grants at Metropolitan Community College

  • The three grants – MoHealthWINs (announced in 2011), MoManufacturingsWINs (2012) and MoSTEMWINs (2014) – were awarded to a consortium of Missouri two-year colleges including Metropolitan Community College.
  • The grants are administered by the U.S. Department of Labor in partnership with the Department of Education. The federal grant program is called TAACCCT (Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training). The intent behind the grants: to ensure that community colleges are well-positioned to serve workers displaced due to jobs shifting overseas.
  • Through TAACCCT, $2 billion over four years goes to community colleges and other higher-ed institutions to deliver education and career training that can be completed in two years or less.
  • MCC received about $3 million in MoHealthWINs funding to train people for four career paths: environmental services, health care information technology, computer support specialist and certified nursing assistant. MCC’s share of the MoManufacturingWINs grant was $1.8 million. Here, participants could choose from four career paths: welding, ABB Robotics industrial maintenance, computer-integrated machining and manufacturing (CIMM), and warehouse logistics. And  MCC received $2.7 million to train workers through the MoSTEMWINs program (and we served as the lead fiscal institution statewide). MCC is offering participants a medical assistant program (which started this summer) and supplemental instruction for CSIS (computer science and information systems) students.

Want to know even more about the MoWINs grants? Fact sheet here.

Watch live at 11 a.m. CT Tuesday, Aug. 18, as Secretary Perez sits down with us to highlight how Labor Department grants are hard at work in Kansas City helping transform skills training and leading our students to secure good jobs.