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For More Information, Contact: 
Andy Hrasky Chairman/President 

2901 E Heartland Drive
Liberty, MO 64068
+1 319-631-0689
andy.hrasky@magna.com 

KC Tech Academy was created by industry and is led by industry to address a skills gap that threatens industrial productivity. We are not an alternative high school nor a community college, we are an extension of the regional industrial base addressing workforce deficiencies. 

Vision Statement 

KC Tech Academy’s vision is to be the most efficient creator of top skilled professionals with the highest placement rate and the lowest debt per student. This will be accomplished through collaboration with all levels of education and broad representation from industry. 

KC Tech Academy (KCTA) was created by leaders of regional business leaders in advanced manufacturing to address the challenge of hiring qualified employees on a regional scale. The rationale focused on the regional nature of the challenge, individual company responses were expensive and unsustainable, and there was enough similarity of need that economies of scale could be achieved through a regional solution. 

Mission Statement 

The mission of KCTA is to develop trained professionals who are workforce ready ready with the high demand technical skills required by industry. The mission is to build effective relationships with key stakeholders including industry, education, non-profits and potential students to attract students, deliver effective training, provide a learning lab with state-of-the-art equipment and provide opportunities for apprenticeships and job opportunities. 

Core Values 

  • Committed to a regional solution 
  • Continued improvement based on best practices and proven models 
  • Flexibility to rapidly respond to changing market dynamics 
  • Scalable to meet diversity of training requirements 
  • Committed to rapid response to challenges and opportunities 
  • Focus training on transitioning from knowledge and skills to practical solutions 
  • Committed to building mentoring relationships 
  • Training provided by qualified industry-experienced instructors 

Long-Term Goals 

The long-term goal is to train: 

  • 120 K-12 students by year 3 and 160 by year 5 
  • 120 Corporate-Sponsored Adult Workers by year 3 
  • 120 adults New-To-Manufacturing by year 4. 

Action Plans 

The key element in delivering the training concept is to address curriculum that meets the needs of the employer and a diverse cohort of students, accreditation which will demonstrate achievement and competency, partnership with one or more educational partners who are willing to work in tandem with industry, qualified and practically-experienced instructors who will focus on problem solving and practical application, and, a facility equipped with the most technically-advanced machinery and tools being used in the current manufacturing environment.

Develop curriculum that meets long term needs of the program. 

  1. Construct Curriculum Concepts and Map that will guide start up and long-term course development. 
  2. Structure learning approach that focuses on practical application of knowledge and skills learned. 
  3. Employ assessment of best practices and benchmarks to measure progress toward goals. 

Arrange Dual Credit Program for K-12 students 

  1. Establish partnering relationship with educational institution to support program for students earning credit. 
  2. Outline course schedule, credit requirements and instructional process to balance KCTA, school and work requirements for students. 

Establish (Stackable) Certification Program 

  1. Establish relationship with one or more organizations that can provide certifications. 
  2. Establish a program outlining how stackable programs are earned and used. 

Build Instructional Staff 

  1. Minimal requirements in desirable instructors. 
  2. Work with manufacturing companies to identify qualified employees who would be interested in teaching. 
  3. Establish screening process for potential instructors. 
  4. Identify List of Candidates 
  5. Onboard New Hires 
  6. Establish Train the Trainer Program 
  7. Administer and Compensate 
  8. Review and Assess Performance 

Procure Required Equipment to Support Curriculum 

  1. Create Required Equipment List 
  2. Discuss with Equipment Suppliers 
  3. Establish Equipment Delivery Plan 
  4. Establish Equipment Budget (Cash/In-kind)  

Partners and Sponsors

MCC
Yaskawa
Summit
Renhouse
Keyence
Aligned
ABB
Kearny
US Farathane
SICK
Martinrea
KC SmartPort
Fanuc
Magna
US Engineering
Rockwell
Lincoln
Holland
EMKF
Liberty PS
Universal Robots
RIA
KUKA
Changer
Creative