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Employer & Education Resources

Client-Connected Projects

Students want to learn what matters. They need to know how their academic experience connects with their post secondary opportunities. Client-connected projects (CCPs) are authentic problems that students solve in collaboration with professionals from industry, not-for-profit, or community-based organizations. Working with these professionals, students are not only addressing real world problems, but also developing essential skills. CCPs are one of the key work experiences that may be recognized as a Market Value Asset.

Kansas City employers play a key role in creating access to quality experiences that allow students to see how their interests, aptitudes, and skills align with local work opportunities. Whether providing students with hands-on, authentic problem-solving experiences or connecting them to professional resources, employers can determine what type involvement in Real World Learning works best for them.

Internships are excellent opportunities for students to immerse themselves in the working world. They provide access to real professionals, authentic problems, and a chance to develop essential skills. Beyond value for students, these experiences also benefit employers. Internships help employers accomplish needed work, provide early access to future talent and create opportunities for current employees to grow coaching and leadership skills.

Industry Recognized Credentials

Every year, over 2,000 students in the Kansas City region earn industry-recognized credentials (IRCs). IRCs can take different forms including certificates, certifications, or licenses. At the high school level, they are the cornerstone of career and technical education (CTE), which is defined and financially supported by The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, commonly referred to as “Perkins V.”

Entrepreneurial Experiences

Every student has different interests, and they thrive when they can both identify and learn how to pursue them. Entrepreneurial experiences begin when students decide what problem to solve and are given the space, support, and resources to create meaningful change.