By Jeremy Davis, MCC Workforce Manager
Metropolitan Community College has kicked off an exciting new initiative called MCC Workforce Innovations Network Series (WINS). WINS are executive-level forums that foster collaboration between community leaders, industry partners and educational administrators. The goal is to provide a platform to discuss the full spectrum of workforce challenges that companies are facing, and partner with industry executives to provide solutions. WINS events will be held quarterly and will focus on the various industry sectors.
The first two WINS events hosted during the month of November concentrated on manufacturing and healthcare. Both opportunities featured a presentation by Dr. Kimberly Beatty explaining her vision as chancellor for MCC to be a leading workforce development institution in the Kansas City region. She introduced the MCC Workforce and Economic Development team and highlighted programs focused on serving the business community. Dr. Beatty’s addresses were followed by a guest keynote speaker, expert panel discussion and Q&A session from the audience.
MCC WINS: Manufacturing 4.0, the Next Generation
At the manufacturing forum on Nov. 1 at MCC-Business & Technology. Keynote guest Dr. Chris Kuehl of Armada Executive Intelligence spoke about trends in manufacturing that have created a workforce skills gap, like machine automation and technology-driven production. Panelists then focused on MCC partnerships that provide solutions to this issue, such as the KC Tech Academy, early college programs and industry certifications. The panelists included Jeff Pinkerton of the Mid-America Regional Council, Chris Gutierrez of KC SmartPort, Joseph Roche of MCC and Chris Hinman of LMV Automotive.
MCC WINS: Centers of Excellence in Community Healthcare
The healthcare event was held on November 5 at the MCC-Penn Valley Health Sciences Institute. The forum focused on workforce solutions and partnerships in the medical services industry. The keynote speaker was Dr. Daphne Bascom of YMCA of Greater Kansas City. She highlighted the importance of addressing the full extent of issues that affect community health and looking past just reactive medical care. Her message set the stage for a robust panel discussion about how to partner in the healthcare industry and what role MCC plays. The guest panel featured Dr. Charlie Shields of Truman Medical Centers, Davis Byrd of YMCA of Greater Kansas City, Kim Yeagle of Missouri Coalition for Community Behavior Healthcare and Dr. Michael Schafé of St. Luke’s Cushing Memorial.
Altogether, the forums were attended by more than 100 guests, including business executives, civic leaders and education professionals. The events provided dynamic discussion, good industry insight and reinforced partnerships between MCC and the community.
The next WINS forums will be held in the spring of 2019.