The newest program from KC Scholars, Great Jobs KC is meant to help adults in the Kansas City area find new higher paying jobs. The program offers skills training, job placement assistance, and individualized ongoing support.

Here’s the kicker: Great Jobs KC covers the entire cost of the certification, job program, or trade school. They’ll also help with most common obstacles like childcare, transportation, or getting a G.E.D. 

“KC Scholars has always been known as a scholarship program, but we realized that just because you have a degree it doesn’t guarantee you a job making $45,000 to $85,000 a year,” says KC Scholars Senior Communications Director Deekay Fox. 

To qualify for the program, you need to be 17-years-old or older, live in one of six surrounding counties in the Kansas City area, and make less than $45,000 a year. 

Great Jobs KC focuses on high-need and good-paying jobs in Kansas City across four major industries: healthcare, information technology, construction, and manufacturing. Applications are always open with no deadlines. 

Fox says the process is also intentionally straightforward, applicants just need to go to their website, fill out an application and a brief survey. Then someone from the organization will reach out to assess your interests, skill sets, needs, and goals to get the ball rolling. 

The program is less than a year old but already has success stories like Andre Fobes Jr, who was working paycheck to paycheck in a factory but now is working in information technology while he’s finishing the self-paced program. 

“Thanks to the program I’m not in survival mode anymore,” says Forbes. “It gives me a chance to save for my future, and give nice things to my wife and my daughter.”