MCC’s apprenticeship program named ‘Provider of the Year’ by state of Missouri

MCC’s Caron Daugherty (second from left) and Shonda Atwater accept the state apprenticeship award from Missouri Higher Education Commissioner Zora Mulligan (left) and Gov. Mike Parson.

Metropolitan Community College’s apprenticeship program has received the “Provider of the Year” award from the Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development.

At the Apprenticeship Missouri Summit held Nov. 12 in Columbia, Gov. Mike Parson presented the award to MCC Vice Chancellor of Instruction Caron Daugherty and MCC Apprenticeship Manager Shonda Atwater.

“The MCC registered apprenticeship program works to empower Kansas Citians with the skills and education needed for success,” said MCC Chancellor Kimberly Beatty. “We’re honored to be recognized as a leader in providing apprenticeship opportunities in unique and innovative ways for the metropolitan area and the state of Missouri.”

Created in 2017, MCC’s apprenticeship program is registered with the U.S. Department of Labor. It combines practical training and broader education and is fully customizable, allowing students to learn and earn at the same time. Meanwhile, participating businesses get to grow their own talent and increase employee retention.

“We will continue working to increase apprenticeships and work-based learning opportunities. We have some of the hardest-working and talented individuals right here in Missouri,” Gov. Parson said. “With a united vision, I truly believe we can create the strongest, most competitive workforce and be prepared to fill the jobs of the future.”

Missouri currently has 15,189 active apprentices with 473 registered programs involving more than 3,600 employers.

For more information on the Metropolitan Community College apprenticeship program, contact Shonda Atwater at 816.604.5247 or