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Photo gallery: Education and business leaders talk workforce development

Metropolitan Community College-Longview was the stage Thursday, Feb. 23 for schools, colleges and employers to meet and discuss Kansas City’s growing workforce development needs.

The South Kansas City Alliance organized an Education Summit, which was attended by more than 100 people.

KSHB 41 Action News covered the event:  In an interview with Ebony Bowman, program coordinator in the MCC-Longview president’s office and chair of the Alliance’s education committee, she told the station, “The purpose of today is to promote the educational organizations and institutions within south Kansas City. Right here at Metropolitan Community College-Longview,we are doing lots of great things that are educating students.not just for a four year degree, but for the workforce.”

Here is the link to KSHB’s full report.


The summit featured four panel discussions.  

  • Superintendent panel with representatives from six districts
  • Education for employment
  • Workforce development partnerships
  • Skill sets that employers need now

Photo gallery from the event:

Panelists included representatives from: Kansas City Public Schools, Center School District, Raytown C-2 School District, Grandview C-4 School District, Hickman Mills C-1 School District, Kansas City Mo., KC Degrees, Gradforce KC/KC Rising, Rockhurst University-Helzberg School of Management, KC Scholars, PREP-KC, Summit Technology Academy, Herndon Career Ctr., Carpenter’s District Council, Honeywell, St. Joseph Medical Center, Burns & McDonnell and Fishtech.
Superintendents’ panel with representatives from Kansas City, Center, Raytown, Grandview and Hickman Mills school districts.
Education for Employment panel with representatives from KC Degrees, GradForce KC/KC Rising, Rockhurst Univ.’s Helzberg School of Management, KC Scholars and PrepKC
Workforce development partnerships panel with representatives from MCC, Missouri Innovation Campus/Summit Technology Academy, Herndon Career Center/Southland CAPS and Carpenters District Council
Employer panel with representatives from Honeywell, St. Joseph Medical Center, Cerner, Burns & McDonnell and FishTech
The event was sponsored by Cerner Corporation, Discovery Education, Costco, Farmers Insurance,Martin City Telegraph and MCC.