Two Kansas City community colleges and the Workforce Partnership in Kansas will split a $5 million federal grant to train tech workers for jobs often filled by foreigners. Within two months, the Workforce Partnership says it will begin recruiting “high potential” IT professionals and matching them with employers and community colleges, with most of its share of the grant going to job training.
The partnership, along with the Full Employment Council, will also encourage local employers to hire workers who need training, while others will train at the community colleges.
The grant money, from the U.S. Department of Labor, was drawn from a pool of $183 million in fees collected from companies seeking H1B visas to bring foreign workers to the United States to do specific, high-tech jobs. The Kansas City area received one of 29 grants nationwide.