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The 2020-21 school year brought unprecedented challenges for school districts and businesses alike. Both have taken advantage of the disruption to provide innovative solutions for providing real world learning experiences to students including virtual and in-person internships, zoom career exploration, and client-connected projects.

The following employers have actively engaged with our region’s school districts this year, getting us one step closer to our goal of all students graduating with a market value asset by 2030. Thank you!

Please join this list of businesses supporting real world learning opportunities for students by taking this quick survey and someone from the RWL team will follow up.

Scroll below to explore the 600+ employers engaged in this work.

18th & Vine Poet Laureate Glenn North
20/20 Leadership-Heather Hoel
21c Museum Hotel
2A Marketing
41 Action News
5 All
A & A Electric, Inc.
A3G Architects
Adduci, Mastriani & Schaumberg, L.L.P
AHLA of Greater KC
Air Associates
Alan Muller Enterprises
Align Chiropractic Care for Mommies and Babies
All Things Independence (student-run store)
All World Languages and Cultures
All-In Sports
Allstate Insurance
American Century Investments
American Grinding 
American Jazz Museum
American Public Square
American Red Cross
Amteco Finishes
Animed Animal Clinic
Anita B. Discovery Center
Apex Engineering
ARC South Performance Training
Arrowhead Vet Services
Arvest Bank
Associated Service & Insurances
aSteam Village
Athletico Physical Therapy (Overland Park and Olathe)
Automatic Systems, Inc.
Automation Engineering – KLG Manufacturing
Aviation Institute of Maintenance
Aylett Surveying
B&B Theater
Back in Time
Balance Point Heating & Cooling
Bank of Grain Valley
Barham Family Farms (Wildflower Dreamz Farmers Market)
Barth Financial Services
Belton Fire Department
Belton Police Department
Belton Regional Hospital
Belton Vet Center
Benesch Civil Engineering Firm
Benson Method
BGT Fitness
BHC Rhodes
Billy Goat Industries
Biz Fest (Hispanic Chamber of Commerce)
Black & Veatch
Black Rep Theater
Bliss Plaza Event
Blue Branch Manor
Blue Peral Animal Hospital
Blue Ridge Bank & Trust
Blue Ridge Elementary
Blue Valley Physical Therapy
Bob Sight Ford
Boost Physical Therapy and Sports Performance
Brand Lab
Brent Blevins Consulting
Bridge Space
Bridging the Gap
Brillient Corporation
Brookdale Senior Living
Brown Industries
Buckner Chamber of Commerce
Builders Association
Burge Bird Sanctuary
Burns & McDonnel
Bushyhead Law Firm
BV Rec
C&R Manufacturing
Capital One
Caring Hearts of Peculiar
Carnegie Village
Carpenter’s Union
Carpenter’s District Council Greater St. Louis
Cass County
Cass Regional Medical Center
Centerpoint Medical Center
Cerner First Hand Foundation
Cerner Innovations
Cerner Kids Realization
Ceva Biomune
Charles Starkey CPA
Cherry Sports Gear
Children’s Mercy Hospital
Chipman Animal Clinic
Chive Cafe & Market
Christian Brothers Automotive
City Market
City of Grandview
City of Independence
City of Kansas City
City of Lee’s Summit
City of Liberty Planning and Zoning
City of Olathe Parks and Recreation
City of Olathe Storm Water Management
City of Olathe Water Quality Lab
City of Peculiar
City of Raymore
City of Raytown
Clanton Stable
Clay County Public Health
Clayview Country Club
Cleveland University
Cleveland University-Cadaver Lab
Coffee Lunch Coffee
Colonial Gardens
Commerce Bank
Commerce Trust
Community America
Community Bank of Raymore
Community Services League (CSL)
Compassionate Family Care
Complete PT
Confluence Landscape Architecture
Connection Coach KC
Control Service Company
Convivial Production
Cordish Companies
Core Physical Therapy
Cornell Roofing & Sheet Metal
Corporate Copy Print
Corps of Engineers Power Plant
Cosentino’s Price Chopper (Kearney Location)
CPRO’s Inc
Creative Blow Molding
Crossroads Hospice
Crowley Furniture
Curry Hospitality
Custom Truck One Stop
DairyQueen (Kearney Location)
Dave Richards Homes, Inc.
DDM Global
Deanna Rose Farmstead
DEG Digital
Delmar Gardens of Overland Park
Delta Dental
Deogi Pointe
Dept. of Homeland Security
Dev Inc
Dick Smith Ford
District Administration Center
DLR Group
Dr. Alexander Dentistry
Dr. Robert Tait D.D.S.
Drones for Hire, LLC
Duncan Academy
Edward Jones
Empowered Electric
Engineering Inter – Labconco
Englewood Art Gallery
Environmental Protection Agency Region 7
Etiquette KC
Evergreen Community (Olathe)
Excelsior Springs Fire Department
Excelsior Springs Hospital
Farmers Insurance
Faulkner’s Ranch
Federal Courthouse
Fike Corporation
First National Bank of Omaha
Fish Window Cleaning
Flash Performance
Fort Osage Educational Foundation
Fossil Forge
Freckled Lamb
Freeman Tool and Die
Fulk Chiropractic
George Owens Nature Reserve
Good Will Industries
Google Fiber
Gould Evans
Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
Graceland University
Grain Valley Airport
Grandview Animal Hospital
Grandview Chamber of Commerce
Grandview Fire Department
Grandview PD
Great Clips
Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association
Green Summit Animal Clinic
Green Works Kansas City
Groundwork Northeast Revitalization Group – Groundwork NRG
Gunselman Realty Team
GVSD Early Childhood Center
H&R Block
Habitat for Humanity
Hampton Inn
Hampton Plumbing
Hanger Prosthetics
Harper’s Fabrics
Harrisonville Animal Clinic
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
HCA Health Midwest
HCA Research Medical Center
HDR, Inc.
Healthcare for Children
Heart to Heart International
Heartland Therapeutic Riding
Hello Lovely Salon
Henges Insulation
Herndon Career Center
Hide N Seek Learning Center
Hillcrest Hope
Hillcrest KC
Hire KC/KC Social Innovation
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Historic Garment District Museum
HOK Architecture and Engineering Firm
Holiday Inn Express
Holland 1916
Hollis & Miller Architects
Home Builders Association
Homegoods (Liberty Location)
House and Renner Rentals
Hulsing Enterprises
Husch Blackwell
Huston Contracting
Hyvee Arena
Identity Chiropractic
IHop (Liberty Location)
IN Kansas City Magazine
incite Design Studio
Independence Center
Independence Chamber of Commerce
Independence Fire Department
Independence Parks and Recreation
Independence Police Department
Independence Power & Light
Independence Technology Services
Indian Hills Country Club
InnovateHer KC
Intouch Solutions
Jackson County Health Department
Jackson County Medical Examiner
Jackson Creek Memory Care
Japan Council of Greater KC
Jason Vollmecke Chiropractic
JC Penney Salon
JCCC (Biotech and others)
JE Dunn Construction
Joe Hensen Consulting
John Knox Village
Johnson C. Smith University
Johnson County Community College
Johnson County Consolidated Fire District #2
Johnson County Fire Dept.
Johnson County Med-Act
Johnson County Orthopedics
Johnson County Sheriff’s Department
Johnson County Stormwater Management
Johnson County, KS MED-ACT
K12 Perform
Kansas City Art Institute
Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Crime Lab
Kansas City Fire Department
Kansas City Latin Jazz Orchestra
Kansas City Mavericks
Kansas City Mayor’s Office
Kansas City Microsoft
Kansas City Missouri Health Department
Kansas City Museum
Kansas City Southern
Kansas City Urban Youth Academy
Kansas City Water Department
Kansas City Zoo
Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (via K-State)
Kansas State School of Engineering
Katie’s Catering
Kaw Valley Greenhouse
KC and STL Carpenters Union
KC Black Rep Theater
KC Braces+Kids
KC Chapter of the All Girls Considered Podcast
KC Comets
KC Mavericks
KC Perform
KC Pet Project
KC Rising
KC Road Lawyers
KC Social Innovation-William Dowdell-ReThink Youth
KC Spay and Neuter
KC STEM Alliance
KC Tech Academy
KC Tech Council
KC Water
KC Zoo Conservation/Commissary
KCKCC (Tech Impact)
KCMBF Law Academy
KCMO Public Health Department
KCWJ Radio
KDR Designer Showrooms
Kearney Chamber of Commerce
Kearney Eye Care
Kearney Family Chiropractic
Kearney Fire Department
Kearney R-1 School District
Kearney Water Department
Kearney-Holt Can
Kennedy’s Animal Hospital
KFKF Radio
Kiewit Engineering and Design
Kissick Construction
Knowledge Works
Kohl’s (Liberty Location)
KS Department of Wildlife
K-State College Advisers
KU Edwards (Biotech programs and others)
KU Med Implementation
KU Medical Center
KU Pharmacy
KU School of Engineering
KU School of Nursing
Kueker Logistics
Lakeside Nature Center
Landmark Structures
Law Office of Lynn Laffoon
Lazer Tow
Lee’s Summit HyVee #2
Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council
Lee’s Summit Fire Department
Lee’s Summit History Museum
Lee’s Summit Medical Center
Lee’s Summit PD
Lee’s Summit Symphony
Legacy Touch
Leigh & O’Kane
Lenexa Fire Department
Lenexa Police Department
Let It Fly Media
Lever 1
LHS Athletic Department
LHS Automotive
LHS Technology Support
Liberty Chamber of Commerce
Liberty Hospital
Liberty Montessori Center
Liberty Park Dental
Lillian James
Lincoln Electric
Linda Hall Library
Lone Summit Ranch
Long Veterinary Clinic
Longhorn Steakhouse (Liberty Location)
Longview Community College
LPS Bus Barn
LPS Communications Department
LS Parks & Recreation
LSR7 District Office
LSR7 Education Foundation
Lumen Touch
Main Event Center
Make It Count Nutrition
Manor Hill Elementary
Man’s Best Friend
MARC/KC Rising
Marcia Ritter Consulting
Mark One
MarksNelson CPA
MC Power
MMC Corp
MCC – Blue River & BT campuses
MCC Health Sciences Institute
MCC Longview
MCC Penn Valley
McCown Gordon
McDonald’s (Kearney Location)
Mechanical Internship – BNSF Railway
Medical Lodge of Gardner
Merriam Police Department
Metropolitan Community College
Mid America Regional Council
Mid-America Nazarene University (Athletic Training)
Mid-Continent Public Library
Mid-Continent Tool & Molding
MidWest Animal ResQ
Mildred’s Restaurant
Mind Drive
Mission Organic
Missouri Restaurant Association
Missouri State University
Misty River Equestrian Center
MO Highway Patrol
Mo. Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Mo/Kan Good Will-Kristen Wood
MOJO Realty
Montessori Children’s House of Blue Springs
Morgan Miller Plumbing
MoWest-Stacy Turner
Mr. Craig Sundell – paleontologist
Mr. David Dods – Rain Gardens/Environmental Restoration
Mr. Thomas Showalter – aquarist KC Aquatics Solutions
MU Business Department
MU Engineering
MU Immersive Lab
MU Nursing
MW Builders
National Institute for Construction Excellence
National Organization of Minority Architects
National Park Service (via K-State)
National Weather Service
National World War I Museum and Memorial
Nebraska Furniture Mart
Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
Nelson-Atkins Museum
New Age Graphics
New Mexico Tech.
Next Gen Wealth
Nicholson Wood Lot
Nickel and Suede
Niles Media Group
Noble Chiropractic
Norfleet Elementary
Northland Family Care
NorthPoint Development
Northrup Grumman
Northwestern Mutual
Oak Pointe Retirement Home
Olathe Family Vision
Olathe Fire Department
Olathe Medical Center
Olathe Police Department
Old Quindaro Museum
Olsson Associates
One Community Hospice
One Kansas City Radio
Orange Easel Art
Overland Park Regional Hospital
Ozark Tech Community College
Papa Murphy’s Pizza
Paradise Park
Park University
Patrick Hoopes Consulting
Pauli Homes
Peculiar Controls
Pendrods Greenhouse
Penn Valley HSI
People to People International
Performance Chiropractic
Peterson Manufacturing
Pharmacy, Occupational Therapy, Progressive Care Unit
Pinnacle Rehabilitation (Olathe)
Pizza Hut (Kearney Location)
Plaas Associates
Pleasant Hill Animal Hospital
Pool Fire Protection
Powell Gardens
Prairie Life Fitness Center (Now called The Athletic Club)
PrepKC-Career Jumping-Candace Villanueva
PrepKC-NEPRIS-Brittany Verette
Pretty & Planned
Price Chopper
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
Principals Connect-Carol Hallquist
Pro Circuit Inc.
Pro Turf & Pest Solutions
ProDeo Youth Center
PT Solutions (Olathe)
Radio Revolution
Raymore Police Department
Raymore Vet Clinic
Raytown Central Middle
Raytown Chamber of Commerce
Raytown Education Foundation
Raytown Fire/EMS
Raytown Gregory Animal Health
Raytown PD
Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Henry W. Bloch School of Management at UMKC
Research Medical Center
Reside Home Group
Resiliency 2.0
ReThink Youth
Retired HR Executive-Michael Roane
RG Federal Credit Union
Rightfully Sewn
Rock Ridge Quarry
Rockhurst University-Cadaver Lab
Roger’s Sporting Goods
Ronson Manufacturing
Royal Creations Architectural Landscaping
Royal Garage Doors
Saddle & Sirloin
Saint Luke’s Hospital
Sallee Homes/Sallee Development
Samaritan House of NKC (not sure if this is the actual name)
Schloegel Design Remodel
Schuff Steel
Science City
SeaLife Aquarium
Security PS
Select Physical Therapy
SERC Physical Therapy
Seyler Construction
Shawnee Mission Medical Center
Shawnee Mission Post
Shep’s Place
Shot Tracker
Sibley Orchards
Signal Theory
Silvertooth Stables
Sioux Chief Manufacturing
Skip Grigsby Consulting
Smile Doctors
Smoothie King (Liberty Location)
South KC Chamber of Commerce
Southwood Elementary
Speaks Family Funeral Home
Speaks Family Legacy Chapel
Sporting Kansas City
Spring Valley Elementary
SS&C Technologies (formerly DST Systems)
St. John LaLande Early Learning Center
St. Joseph Medical Center
St. Luke’s Health System
St. Mary’s Hospital
Staab Studios
Starkey + Company, LLC
Startland KC
State Bank
State Beauty Supply
State Farm
State Street
Steamboat Arabia
Stewardship Capital
Stillwell Animal Hospital and Equine Center
Stockdale Farms
Stoney Creek Hotels
Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Strickland Construction
Strothertowne Pet Hospital
Summers Pharmacy
Summit Homes
Summit Tech Academy
Sunrise Montessori
Supply Chain – Gamin
Sylvan Learning Center
Teacher Accelerator/Startland Foundation-Katie Kimbrell
Team Cura
TeamLogic IT
Technology Group Solutions
The Artisan Market
the DeBruce Foundation
The Future Project
The Jewish Community Center
The Kansas City Home Builders’ Association
The Lean Lab
The Learning Club
The Nature Conservancy (via K-State)
The Pilgrim Center
The Tines Group, Inc.
Think Big Partners
Three Trails Animal Hospital
Tico Productions
Tool Designer – Honeywell KC
Tortoise Capital Advisors
Totta Hardwood Floors
Transformation Visitation Home
Tri-City Christian Preschool
Truman Heartland Community Foundation
Truman Heritage Habitat For Humanity
Truman Library
Truman Medical Center
Turner Construction
ULTRAX Aerospace
UMB Bank
UMKC Berkley (early childhood center)
UMKC Health Sciences District
UMKC Medical Center (PA School, Health Careers, etc.)
UMKC School of Dentistry
UMKC School of Engineering
UMKC School of Law
UMKC School of Medicine
UMKC School of Pharmacy
UMKC School of Nursing & Health Studies
UMKC-Dr. Bradley Poos
UMKC’s Henry W. Bloch School of Management
Uncover KC
Unity Village & Conference Center
University of Central Missouri
University of Kansas Health System
University of Kansas Natural History Museum
University of Kansas School of Geology
US Army
US Dept. of Energy – Kansas City National Security Campus
Valley Broasters
Valley Tax Services
Veritas Architecture
Versfeld and Hugo Immigration Law
Veteran’s Community Project
Vision Sports
Voc Rehab
Walsworth Publishing Company
Ward Development
Wayside Waifs
Weber Orthodontics
WeCode KC
Wildlife Habitat Education Program (via K-State)
Will Akin
William Jewell College
Wings of Love
WNB Architects
Woodmaster Tools
Wood’s Feed and Grain
Worlds of Fun
YEPKC (Young Entrepreneurs of Kansas City)

Executive Committee

The Real World Learning Executive Committee is made up of employers and school district and post-secondary education leaders. The committee reviews and approves changes to Market Value Assets (work experiences, dual-college credit, industry-recognized credentials, and/or entrepreneurial experiences) and other key resources to ensure equitable access and quality; cultivates support for employer-education engagement; onboards new leaders; and advocates for continuous learning and changes needed to achieve our vision of a world-leading, Real World Learning community. The committee meets monthly.

CEO Champions Group

As part of the regional RWL initiative, KC Rising has recruited a small group of CEOs to help support and champion RWL. The committee is supported by four sponsoring organizations: AlignedCivic Council of Greater Kansas CityGreater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, and Kauffman Foundation. The Civic Council provides the lead staff for the committee. The authority of the committee is advisory in nature.

The initial scope of committee activity includes:

  • Raise business community awareness around RWL.
  • Review regional data and outcomes related to RWL and student attainment of MVAs.
  • Advocate for necessary policy change to support RWL.
  • Student attainment of MVAs.

Community Collaborators

These organizations have helped shape the RWL initiative, ensuring its relevance for individuals, organizations, and communities across our region. They continue to work alongside us and many others to promote and expand the movement, so that all students can access RWL experiences.

Education Intermediaries are collaborators focused specifically on providing services to districts, parents, and students. Many of them have specialized expertise, capacity, and flexibility to offer programming that meets a variety of needs.