Work Force Development


$10 Million Gift for JCCC Capital Plan

The Johnson County Community College Foundation announced today that it had received a $10 million lead gift from the Sunderland Foundation to jump-start the largest campus transformation project in the nearly 50-year history of the college. Dubbed The Sunderland Challenge,… more

KC Makes Its Pitch to Amazon

As of today, the Kansas City region's dreams of being home to a second headquarters for Amazon.com are in the hands of Jeff Bezos and his team in Seattle. In what is being described as the largest regional collaboration in… more

Teachers Turn Out for STEM Instruction Focus

More than 200 area teachers turned out at Burns & McDonnell this morning for the third-annual Educators Summit, designed to equip educators with resources to help engage their students in science, technology, engineering and math academic tracks and boost the… more

Kansas Jobless Rate Steady at 3.7%

Despite a slight decrease in the total number of non-farm workers, the jobless rate in Kansas held steady at 3.7 percent in June, the third consecutive month at that rate, state officials say. In a news release this morning, the… more

The Value of Higher Education

In assessing the value of a college degree in 2017, two fundamental truths must be taken into account: One, the costs of attending a four-year college for one year have indeed risen sharply. In constant dollars, they are roughly twice… more

Much Weighs on Minds of Campus Executives

When two dozen top executives from public and private universities in the bi-state region gathered recently for the 2017 Higher Education Industry Outlook assembly, each was asked to respond to a single opening question: What keeps you awake at night?… more

Bi-State Jobless Rates Dip Again

The February unemployment rate in Kansas fell to 4.0 percent, labor officials announced today, a figure that nearly matches the 4.1 percent figure reported in Missouri earlier this week. The Kansas jobless rate was the lowest the state has seen… more

KC Ranks High for Women in Tech

For a third straight year, Kansas City weighs in at No. 2 on SmartAsset's rankings of the best American cities for women working in tech-related fields, trailing only the nation's capital. The Web-based publication pulled data on men and women… more

KU-Edwards to Launch Coding Boot Camp

Citing the growing demand for skilled web developers, the University of Kansas said this morning that it would launch a 24-week coding Boot Camp in June. In a news release annoucing the program, Vice Chancellor David Cook called it “ideal… more