Connecting Regional Workforce Development


Regional Initiatives

Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) supports regional talent development efforts around postsecondary attainment and workforce development. Some of the current strategies follow:


GRADForce KC is a regional postsecondary initiative that was started through a grant from Lumina Foundation as part of their Goal 2025 initiative. GRADForce KC is overseen by a steering committee with MARC as the lead agency. In 2015, various workgroups were formed engaging over 100 volunteers around: advising support, family engagement, financing postsecondary education, and summer melt/bridge. In the fall of 2016, various task teams will engage over 60 volunteers around: Bridgit, parent engagement, scholarship central, data sharing, national career readiness, and experiential learning. The GRADForce KC Task Force Teams are in charge of the planning and implementation of the various strategies recommended by the workgroups to improve higher education attainment outcomes.




KC Rising (KCR) is a regional business-led initiative focused on increasing the region's global economic competitiveness. This initiative is supported by the Civic Council, the Kansas City Area Development Council, the Kansas City Chamber and MARC. KCR engaged nearly 200 individuals in its first year. MARC supports the human capital work stream with a focus on alignment, attraction and attainment. Download The KC Rising Story»




KC Degrees supports adults to return and finish college. In Kansas City, approximately 300,000 adults between the ages of 25 and 64 have started but not yet finished a postsecondary degree. Launched in September 2016, KC Degrees provides in-person, phone and online advisement to adults to help them navigate the process to return to college and offers continuing support as they work toward degree completion.



Key Industry Sectors

Watch for more data and analysis coming soon on these key industry sectors:

Advanced Manufacturing
Architecture and Engineering
Finance and Insurance
Information Technology
Life Sciences
Supply Chain and Logistics