Job Skills for New Careers

Initiatives and Impact

Initiatives & Impact

Job Skills for New Careers

While our community is on the path to recovery, Job Skills for New Careers empowers people to dream bigger.

Launched in early 2020, Job Skills for New Careers is a collaborative initiative focused on helping adults gain the skills they need to qualify for better paying, in-demand careers. Trainees come from all areas of Eastern Jackson County looking for resources to help them build financial stability for themselves and their families. By providing comprehensive wrap-around services in addition to high-quality training, people learn how to build a successful work-life and navigate beyond barriers that prevent them from reaching their long-term goals. 

Many local workers struggled to meet their basic needs during the pandemic. But Job Skills for New Careers offered them the opportunity for financial recovery and to emerge from this crisis in a better position. Thanks to an initial grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, support from 45 dedicated THCF fundholders, and a new strategic partnership with KC Scholars, Job Skills for New Careers continues to improve upon past success.

2019 and 2020 numbers

In 2021 the program added three high-demand training courses, Medical Coding & Billing, Phlebotomy, and Construction/Materials Handling, and increased the number of graduates.

2021 numbers

How the Program Works

Hear from Program Graduates

Ready To Support Job Skills for New Careers?

Your gift is unique among our partners because it allows for flexibility. Where their funds can only be used for tuition reimbursements, your gift can offer other life-changing supports, such as utility or rent assistance, transportation vouchers, financial coaching, and more. Your gift will immediately help hardworking adults in our community get on a path to financial stability with a better career.


Request a Grant through the Donor Portal       Download a Grant Recommendation Form

To discuss other giving options, contact Phil Hanson via email or by calling 816-836-8189.

Our Partners and Their Expertise

The result of conversations with our caring fundholders and months of research, Job Skills for New Careers is a collaboration with four key organizations: Community Services League, Mid-Continent Public Library, KC Scholars, and University of Central Missouri. This initiative uses each organization’s unique assets to offer trainings in fields that pay living wages and continue to be in high demand in the region.

Community Services League


KC Scholars

KC Scholars works with students and adults to help them achieve their post-secondary education goals. Through participation in the KC Scholars Career & Job Readiness Training program in partnership with Job Skills for New Careers, KC Scholars participants will have access to essential skills assessments, mentorship, and career insights. KC Scholars aims to create sustainable career pathways that will increase shared prosperity and increase household incomes for underrepresented communities. Job Skills benefits from KC Scholars' ability to match trainees with potential employers.

Mid-Continent Public Library


University of Central Missouri


Training and Certification Program

The following Job Skills for New Careers training programs are offered through our partner organizations. Additional trainings may be added, as further funding is secured. 

  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
  • Community Health Worker
  • Construction Trades
  • Medical Coding and Billing
  • Phlebotomy 
  • Sustainable Materials Handling 
  • Welding

Trainee Info

Are you an adult looking for a pathway to a new career but don't know where to begin? Start HEREContact the employment team at Community Services League to learn more about this program and all the support available to you. Fill out the online application, and an employment specialist will contact you to go over all your options. 

Employer Info

Are you an employer looking for trained and qualified employees to fill your open positions? You are the final piece of this program. It's important to ensure our students have employment opportunities post-graduation. Learn more and register as an employment partner today. Call 816.912.4487 or email Community Services League's Career Services department to get started.

Download the Employer's Guide


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