MCC awarded a $140,000 apprenticeship grant, part of national initiative

Metropolitan Community College has been awarded a $140,000 grant from the American Association of Community Colleges.

The Expanding Community College Apprenticeships (ECCA) initiative is led by AACC, with funding from the U.S. Department of Labor, to increase the number of registered apprenticeship programs and services throughout the country.

“With this grant MCC will expand registered apprenticeship offerings and train upwards of 150 registered apprentices in the Kansas City community by January 2022,” said Dr. Kimberly Beatty, Metropolitan Community College chancellor.

The nationwide ECCA project will be conducted over three years and will train 16,000 registered apprentices. MCC is currently training more than 120 apprentices, with nearly 50 of them in the MCC Registered Apprenticeship program. MCC launched its skilled trades apprenticeship program in the fall of 2017.

The Kansas City area will need to bring more than 60,000 workers into the pipeline of manufacturing, construction and health care over the next five years, according to workforce projections from the Mid-America Regional Council.