MCC's apprenticeship program named Provider of Year

MCC’s Caron Daugherty, second from left, and Shonda Atwater accept the state apprenticeship award Nov. 12, from Missouri Higher Education Commissioner Zora Mulligan, at left, and Gov. Mike Parson.

Metropolitan Community College's apprenticeship program received the Provider of the Year award from the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development.

At the Apprenticeship Missouri Summit, Gov. Mike Parson presented the award to MCC Vice Chancellor of Instruction Caron Daugherty and Apprenticeship Manager Shonda Atwater.

"The MCC register apprenticeship program works to empower Kansas Citians with the skills and education needed for success," MCC Chancellor Kimberly Beatty said. "We're honored to be recognized as a leader in providing apprenticeship opportunities in unique and innovative ways for the metropolitan area and the state of Missouri."

Originally created in 2017, MCC's apprenticeship program is registered with the U.S. Department of Labor. It combines practical training and broader education and is fully customizable, an MCC press release states, allowing student to learn and earn at the same time. Meanwhile, the release reads, businesses get to grow their own talent and increase employee retention.

"We will continue working to increase apprenticeships and work-based learning opportunities. We have some of the hardest working and talented individuals right here in Missouri," Parson said. "With a united vision, I truly believe we can create the strongest, most competitive workforce and be prepared to fill the jobs of the future."

For more information about MCC's apprenticeship program, contact Shonda Atwater at 604-5247 or by emailing

Northwest Editor Sean Roberts can be reached at or 389-6606.​

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