Institute for Workforce Innovation workshop highlights benefits of Missouri Works program

Far left, Kim Malkmus speaks to several MCC business partners during a workshop on the Missouri Works Customized Training program. The Institute for Workforce Innovation organized the event, which included a presentation.

The Institute for Workforce Innovation (IWI) at Metropolitan Community College-Business & Technology recently hosted and conducted a workshop on the Missouri Works Customized Training (MCT) program to assist local companies interested in applying for state funds.

IWI invited current and potential clients to the workshop, which included discussions on funding eligibility, allowable training costs, details about the application, the ability of IWI to customize training and the array of training MCC offers.

Companies represented at the event were Fike, Kohl’s Distribution, Creative Blow Mold, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, General Mills, H&H Color Lab, Challenge Manufacturing, JE Dunn Construction, Heartland Sheets, Yanfeng and Silgan Dispensing Systems.

“The Missouri Works Customized Training program is a wonderful opportunity for businesses in Kansas City and in Missouri to develop and enhance a competitive workforce,” said Dr. Jackie Gill, president of MCC-Business & Technology. “In working with local businesses to demonstrate the top-notch training we provide and the opportunities we can help to create, we are serving the community.”

Developed by the state’s Department of Economic Development, Division of Workforce Development, MCT is a state-funded training assistance program to help eligible companies create or retain jobs in Missouri.

MCT funding is available to for-profit companies in Missouri in qualifying industries and can be used for curriculum development; assessments; in-house, off-site and vendor contract training; training supplies and manuals; and tuition costs.

Jeremy Davis, economic development manager; John Littleton, training and consulting services manager; Stan Fields, performance consultant; Lisa Bray, client services manager; and Kim Malkmus, fiscal operations coordinator; organized the workshop, which included a presentation.

During the presentation, the team discussed numerous programs available at IWI and MCC, including training for manufacturing, quality, assessments, soft skills and team training, and safety and health.

For more information on MCT, contact Bray at 816.604.5251 or Fields at 816.604.5256.


For more information on applying, contact Malkmus at or 816.604.5277. To apply for funding, the following items must be submitted:

  • Employer Request for Training Assistance (ERTA)
  • Union Consultation (if applicable)
  • Agreement for Services to be Provided
  • Federal Work Authorization Program MOU
  • Company Certification Form
  • DOR Certificate of Tax Clearance

Before application submission, MCC staff must review all application items and add value where appropriate, as well as input into the state system. Applications submitted to the state prior to July 1, 2017, will have an eligible start date for expenses of the same date.

After July 1, the eligible start date for expenses will be the date of submission. Complete applications submitted to MCC by June 15, 2017, will ensure submission prior to July 1.


In March, MCC-Business & Technology hosted a news conference to discuss the Missouri Community College Workforce Development Network.

Several business partners attended the event, which highlighted MCC’s commitment to helping students acquire the necessary skills to earn high-paying jobs. Read more about the news conference and view photos from that event on Facebook.