Community Colleges: Building & Sustaining a Skilled Workforce
Community colleges have long been vital centers of their communities, serving a wide variety of educational, societal and economic needs. According to the Association of Community College Trustees, community colleges award over one million credit-bearing credentials each year, functioning as the nation’s primary workforce education institution.
As local entities, the academic and workforce training programs at each of Missouri’s community colleges mirror the local economy by design. Our colleges work closely with employers to train, retrain and upskill workers in today’s highest-need industries – from advanced manufacturing to healthcare and everything in between.
As an administrative entity, MCCA also collaborates on a number of grants to build and sustain a skilled workforce. MCCA currently serves as the program administrator for SkillUP and Missouri Apprentices in Advanced Manufacturing (MoAMP).
The SkillUP grant program is designed to engage SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program) recipients in education and training to achieve long-term employment in high-demand careers. The program offers a wide range of supportive services to help resolve barriers to training or employment.
The Missouri Apprenticeships in Manufacturing Program (MoAMP) prepares students for the workforce of tomorrow by delivering pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship training opportunities tailored to meet employer needs. Apprentices in the program receive classroom instruction at participating colleges while working, learning, and earning a paycheck from a local industry partner.