Video: MCC-Business and Technology presents new apprenticeship program to KC City Council

Shonda Atwater (right) tells a Kansas City Council committee about the new apprenticeship program.

Metropolitan Community College-Business & Technology representatives were pleased to have the opportunity to tell a Kansas City Council committee about the College’s new apprenticeship program.

A four-member team — Shonda Atwater, apprenticeship outreach director; Joseph Roche, dean of instruction; Lou Tobin, division chair for industrial technology; and Roy Konkey, apprenticeship regional director, U.S. Department of Labor — went before the council’s Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Jobs Committee on July 13 to explain how the apprenticeship initiative will work.

The apprenticeships will allow businesses to customize their employees’ training while the College manages the program.  The program also allows companies to focus on employee success while the campus handles Department of Labor paperwork and requirements.

Read more about the program specifics here.

Roy Konkey (from left), Shonda Atwater, Joe Roche, Lou Tobin

Quotables from the presentation:

  • Atwater: “It’s about businesses, giving them a gateway to fill in their skilled labor force they need in order to grow their businesses.”
  • Roche: “Technical training without on-the-job experience for a learner that learns this way . . . it’s not as effective.”
  • Tobin: “An opportunity like this gives the city a resource to offer companies who are looking for those skilled jobs.”
  • Konkey: “It’s really blooming and blossoming. Last week I had three calls from different companies wanting tool and die makers for tool and die apprenticeship programs, so everything is kind of coming together.”
  • Councilwoman Teresa Loar, who chairs the committee: “I think today’s technology and today’s manufacturing takes more than it did 50 to 100 years ago, so you need that education behind your training to make this all work, and I think this program is absolutely amazing to get us a good start here in Kansas City and here in the Midwest.”

The MCC-Business & Technology campus, 1775 Universal Avenue, is hosting an industry open house at from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, in Campus Center 248, with dinner served at 6 p.m. During the event, business representatives will have an opportunity to learn more about the apprenticeship program and tour the campus’ state-of-the-art facilities.

If you know of a business that might be interested in attending the industry open house, contact Atwater via email at

Watch the presentation before the council in its entirety (video courtesy of the city government TV channel):