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Downtown Community Education Center

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With a vision to bring together many of the needed resources in a single location that can help lift an entire community out of poverty and create systemic change from the inside out, KCKCC plans to build a 119,000 square-foot Downtown Community Education Center that will serve as an anchor institution for Kansas City, Kansas, provide social and economic mobility for its residents, and be a national model for future educational institutions across the country.

We would love to have your feedback!

To help with our planning, we are asking you to identify programs and services that we should consider offering in the new Downtown Community Education Center. The survey is only 11 questions and should take less than 5 minutes to complete. We would appreciate your input!

Kansas City Kansas Community College plans to partner with KCK Public Schools, Wyandot Behavioral Health Network, YMCA of Greater Kansas City, University of Kansas, and High Aspirations to open a Community Education Center in the heart of downtown Kansas City, Kansas.

Anyone who leaves their name and contact information at the end of the survey (question #11), will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 gift card.

Fill out our survey

If you'd rather talk to someone in person about the Downtown Education Center, please call us! 913-288-7448.

¡Nos encantaría recibir tus comentarios!

Para ayudar con nuestra planificación, le pedimos que identifique programas y servicios que deberíamos considerar ofrecer en el nuevo Centro de Educación Comunitario del Centro. La encuesta tiene solo 11 preguntas y debería tomar menos de 5 minutos para completar.

¡Agradeceríamos su opinión! Kansas City Kansas Community College planea asociarse con KCK Public Schools, Wyandot Behavioral Health Network, YMCA of Greater Kansas City, University of Kansas y High Aspirations para abrir un Centro de educación comunitaria en el corazón del centro de Kansas City, Kansas.

Cualquiera que deje su nombre e información de contacto al final de la encuesta (pregunta # 11), participará en un sorteo para ganar una tarjeta de regalo de $ 100.

Completa nuestra encuesta

Downtown KCK Demographics

American Community Survey, 2017 & 2018
  • More than 18,000 people work full-time and live in poverty - the working poor.
  • Approximately 18,000 people do not speak English well enough to obtain and maintain quality employment.
  • Nearly 60% of adults have less than a high school diploma.
  • Only 10% have a two-year degree.
  • 40% of adults live in poverty.
  • 54% of children under the age of 18 live in poverty
  • Pre-COVID-19 unemployment: 4.5%
  • Post COVID-19 unemployment: 14%*
*Kansas Department of Labor May 2020 Labor Report

Our Partners - Providing Wrap-Around Services

When working with individuals from the urban core of a metropolitan city, students often bring with them traumatic experiences, challenging living conditions including homelessness and hunger, and other socioeconomic challenges that also need to be addressed so those individuals can focus on learning. To help students overcome these barriers to education while learning new information and skillsets to be successful in the workforce of the future, KCKCC is partnering with select organizations and community service providers to help ensure our most vulnerable students succeed.

Working with the local school districts, high school juniors and seniors will attend KCKCC all day and earn their college degree and high school diploma at the same time, with skillsets that will lead them to $50,000 – $60,000 /year employment opportunities.
Wyandot Behavioral Health Network is a family of organizations providing resources for adults, children and families in need of behavioral health services; individuals experiencing homelessness; assistance with housing, employment, and other needs.
Bringing health, fitness, healthy living, childcare and other services back to the urban core. Families with young children who attend the YMCA within our Community Education Center will begin to see education as a natural progression.
Partnering in the Downtown KCKCC Community Educational Center, KU will extend their mission of lifting students and society by educating leaders, building healthy communities and making discoveries that change the world to the residents of the urban core in Kansas City, KS. Students will have opportunities to advance their education and change their lives with a world class institution, right in their backyards.
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