KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The second lady, Jill Biden visited Kansas City on Monday. She’s been a teacher at the community college level for 18 years.
In this election year she’s helping to forge partnerships between businesses and community colleges to make sure there is a trained work force that’s ready to go. On her flight to KC, she graded papers from some of her own students.
Biden says community colleges in the Kansas City area are making the grade by doing what it takes to train students to fit the needs of local businesses. On Monday, she visited with students at Metropolitan Community College.
Jane Oats, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Employment and Training Administration also took part in the trip. They included MCC as part of the National Community College Career Tour to highlight the successful partnerships forged between companies like Cerner and community college students. A few years ago that wasn’t the case.
“As we looked to the critical skill sets that we needed technology being one of them we became,” said Laura Evans, Cerner Director of Telenet Development.
Cerner says MCC listened to the company’s concerns and reworked curriculums to provide the knowledge students would need. Ethan Roy is one of those students.
“When you see your paycheck you’re like I’ve never made this money before,” Roy said.
Now, a grant will pay for the State of Missouri to take the program one step further. Mo Health Wins will focus on adult students offering flexible, intensive training in the healthcare and information technology fields.
“It’s not just the 18-year-old coming out of high school, its people of all ages who need to be retrained in this economy,” said Jill Biden.
Students will be able to enroll in the Mo Health Wins program starting in the fall at community colleges across the State of Missouri.