“The St. Joseph community has asked MCC to support two-year adult career and technical
education in the area,” said MCC Chancellor Dr. Kimberly Beatty. “We are excited to
be partners in meeting workforce needs for the community.”
“On behalf of the Coordinating Board for Higher Education, I support all efforts to bring community college services to the St. Joseph region to meet the unmet demand for career and technical education programs leading to associate degrees and certificates,” said Zora Mulligan, Missouri commissioner of higher education, in a memo of support for the partnership.
Offering Classes at a St. Joseph Site
Metropolitan Community College will offer educational training in St. Joseph as early as fall 2019. MCC will partner with the St. Joseph School District to offer the following classes at Hillyard Technical Center:
- Continuing education
- Career and technical education
- General education
The need for community college and technical education continues to grow in St. Joseph. A St. Joseph Workforce Survey and other data from the St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce showed the need for career- and technical-focused education in the community. In fact, St. Joseph is the third largest center of manufacturing in the state behind St. Louis and Kansas City. Workforce leaders in St. Joseph have identified a lack of career and technical training as a gap in being able to hire the workers needed for these positions.
The Chamber of Commerce, St. Joseph School District, Missouri Western State University and Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education partnered with MCC to develop this plan.
While MCC will focus on adult education, the St. Joseph School District will continue to host career and technical education programming for high school students in St. Joseph and the surrounding area at Hillyard Technical Center.
The transition will begin during the 2019-20 school year. The partnership between SJSD and MCC is pending final approval from the St. Joseph Board of Education.