Job Skills for New Careers

Initiatives and Impact

Initiatives & Impact

Job Skills for New Careers

Help our community on the path to recovery. Empower people who are working hard to get ahead.

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. 

Many low-wage employees struggled to meet their basic needs during the pandemic. Job Skills for New Careers is the opportunity they need to recover and emerge from this crisis in a better position. Thanks to an initial grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, continued support from 44 dedicated THCF fundholders, and a new strategic partnership with KC Scholars, Job Skills for New Careers continues to improve upon last year's successes.

2020 Achievements: 

In addition to covering the cost of training, the program provides wraparound support services, including public benefits counseling and financial coaching. Trainees learn how to succeed in work life and navigate the barriers that may prevent them from reaching their long-term goals. 


Hear from Program Graduates

Ready To Support Job Skills for New Careers?

Your gift will immediately help the hardworking adults in our community get on a path to financial stability with a better career.


Resources for Donor Advised Fundholders

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

CSL currently provides job skills training and wraparound support services, including financial coaching, income supports, and employment counseling through its Bridges to Career Opportunities program. Job Skills for New Careers utilizes CSL's expertise in enrolling participants, managing support service delivery, and tracking program outcomes. 

KC Scholars


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)
  • Construction Trades
  • Medical Coding and Billing
  • Phlebotomy 
  • Sustainable Materials Handling 
  • Welding

Trainee and Employer Info

Are you an adult looking for a pathway to a new career but don't know where to begin? Are you an employer looking for trained and qualified employees to fill your open positions? Job Skills for New Careers can help both adult trainees and employers meet their goals and help revitalize our region.

For more information on classes available or to get signed up as an employment partner, call 816.912.4487 or email Community Services League's Career Services department.


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