Mayor’s youth career fair at MCC-Business & Technology creates opportunities for hundreds

More than 30 employers spread across 60 booths offered summer jobs and internships Saturday to 16- to 24-year-olds attending the Hire KC Youth Career Fair.

Several hundred individuals ages 16 to 24 got a jump-start on summer jobs and internships Saturday during Mayor Sly James’ Hire KC Youth Fair at the Metropolitan Community College-Business & Technology campus.

Those attending the event also had an opportunity to speak with representatives from MCC about programs offered at the college, including several at MCC-Business & Technology.

From left, Steve Pankey, enrollment manager, Ryan Meador, dean of students, Mayor Sly James, and Nick Dorn, program manager for the KC Social Innovation Center.

“To all the young people here: You are extremely smart people because here you are working the crowd, working the booths, looking for employment opportunities,” said James, an MCC alumnus, “so that you can have a tremendous start to the summer, put a little money in your pocket, learn a little about where you’re going to work and enjoy the summer.”

More than 30 employers in Kansas City spread across 60 booths met with job- and internship-seekers from 9 a.m. to noon in the Exhibition Hall. MCC-Business & Technology provided interactive displays for prospective students interested in technical education.

“We want to thank the Metropolitan Community College-Business & Technology campus for hosting this event,” said Nick Dorn, program manager of the KC Social Innovation and organizer of the fair. “This is an incredible space, and it has definitely taken Hire KC Youth to the next level.”

James also stressed the importance of education while speaking to fair-goers.

Mayor James is now the proud owner of an MCC-Business & Technology polo shirt.

“Please recognize one thing: Regardless of your job opportunities, regardless of how many hours you work, your number one job is to succeed in your education,” he said. “You must succeed in your education, because at the end of the day, you want a career, not a job. Your education is absolutely critical.”

MCC-Business & Technology had faculty, staff and students from its Cisco, Computer Integrated Machining and Manufacturing, Electric Utility Line Technician, Engineering Technology, Environmental Health and Safety, HVAC, Industrial Technology and Welding programs available to speak with attendees.

“We are thrilled and honored to have Mayor Sly James’ Hire KC Youth Fair on our campus,” said Dr. Jackie Gill, president of MCC-Business & Technology. “Our mission is preparing students, serving communities and creating opportunities. Hosting this event and sharing information about our programs accomplishes all of those directives.”

Ryan Meador, dean of student development and enrollment management, and Steve Pankey, enrollment manager, presented James and his staff with a plaque in appreciation for their work on the fair and for hosting the event on the Business & Technology campus.

The plaque was designed and made by lab technician and instructor Jen Dec in the campus Fab Lab.


MCC-Business & Technology showcased its programs during the career fair.

To view photos from the career fair, visit the MCC-Business & Technology Facebook page.

WDAF Fox 4 News covered the fair. Click here to view their report.