Past Workforce Initiatives

MARC convenes sector partnerships in manufacturing, information technology and supply chain. The sector partnership approach provides:

  • Collaboration within a coordinated regional workforce development system of strategic partners as a bi-state region to get the maximum benefit from resource development, best practices, new technologies, curriculum development, etc.
  • Identifying the roles partners will play as employers, educators, unions, workforce board members, economic developers, etc. to work on strategies.
  • Engaging employers within the region to assess specific workforce needs to help partners make more proactive and informed program design decisions.

Supply Chain & Logistics

MARC is partnering with PREP-KC and KC SmartPort to lead the supply chain sector initiative to ensure this industry has a well prepared workforce to sustain its growing needs.

PREP-KC is developing a Supply Chain and Logistics Seminar to develop a pipeline of well-prepared high school students for post-secondary degree programs and careers in supply chain and logistics. KC SmartPort is participating in this initiative by convening industry leaders within the supply chain initiative that will supply both potential and current employees and employers with the tools to enhance opportunities to prepare a well-educated workforce.

Advanced Manufacturing

The manufacturing sector partnership is convened by MARC has conducted focus groups with manufacturing employers, conducted a survey of local manufacturers and convened roundtable with educator’s to identify key priorities to be addressed within the manufacturing sector: The identified priorities include:

  • Increasing awareness of the top manufacturing careers most in demand by Kansas City employers
  • Incorporating work-based learning experiences and internship opportunities into local education and training programs
  • Effectively delivering both technical and soft skills training during curriculum development and instruction.

Information Technology

The information technology partnership convenes industry leaders, colleges and universities, workforce investment groups and others that are interested in the IT industry. The IT sector partnership convened by MARC is working to address several priorities.

  • Educating students about top IT careers in Kansas City and providing more job shadowing and internship opportunities for students
  • Identifying skills gaps and developing a system to better assess individuals for the skills needed for IT careers
  • Better educating businesses on programs available through education and workforce institutions
  • Developing a certification pathway for successful IT careers in Kansas City