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“This partnership would enable people who are experiencing houselessness to train for a career while helping improve our community and earning an income.  We feel that this system of support enabled through this three-way partnership of the Public Works Department, Hope Faith Ministries, and the Full Employment Council will facilitate career achievement and economic stability for those persons assisted through this effort,” Full Employment Council CEO, Clyde McQueen said.

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Read the latest news from the Full Employment Council in this month's Workforce Developments.

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When 2020 brought layoffs and a global pandemic, Isaac Madearis took it as a sign to follow his passion for a tech job.

“I really was looking for a career,” Madearis said, who gets married in October. “Something I could work remotely, if need be.”

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“Learn-as-you-earn activities allow students to rapidly apply their skills while demonstrating proficiency on the job. It’s also a great opportunity for employers to participate in ‘try-out‘ employment. Learn-as-you-earn creates a win-win for both the students and employers," said Shelley Penn, senior vice president and COO of the FEC.

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Kansas City wouldn't be what it is without the dedication of Clyde McQueen over the last three decades. McQueen is celebrating 35 years with the Full Employment Council. During his career, he has redefined workforce development in the KC area and helped thousands of people with employment.

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Clyde McQueen, President and CEO of Full Employment Council, spoke with K-Love's Joel Reagan. McQueen outlined free services for job seekers, employers looking for workers and the impact these services make. Barriers to  employment due the COVID-19 were also discussed. Listen to the interview below.

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The FEC celebrates National Apprenticeship Week

“Registered Apprenticeship is a proven way for community members to obtain pathways to secure, high-paying careers in a number of different in-demand fields,” said Clyde McQueen, President and CEO of the Full Employment Council. “The FEC is excited to provide paid apprenticeships in areas like healthcare and information technology."

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FEC CEO and President Clyde McQueen cites four factors thwarting a full recovery during an interview with The Kansas City Globe.

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PRESS RELEASE: FEC Celebrates Workforce Development Month

“The COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our local and national economy proves that workforce development remains a critical part to prosperity, here at home and across the country,” said Clyde McQueen, CEO and President of the Full Employment Council. 

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To help both employers and job seekers meet these new post-pandemic benchmarks, the Full Employment Council is helping employers launch “registered apprenticeships," Clyde McQueen explains in an interview with KSHB 41.

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In order to address the rising need for skilled employees in logistics, warehousing and manufacturing, the Full Employment Council is partnering with Port KC to create career opportunities for residents of the Kansas City area.

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"This program is a great way for Kansas City to ‘Grow its Own Workforce’ through providing continuous career information and just in time training and employment systems,” said Full Employment Council President & CEO Clyde McQueen. “This program will help employ our citizenry at all levels while sustaining the tremendous growth we are experiencing and further anticipate.”

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aSTEAM Village has partnered with the Full Employment Council to further deliver on the Digital KC NOW initiative. This partnership will allow aSTEAM Village to continue employing a ready and skilled workforce to both perform the functions of the initiative, while giving youth of the community experience in bringing equitable internet access to the 3rd District of Kansas City.

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For more than three decades, one Kansas City man has spent his life giving others opportunities. Clyde McQueen’s contributions to this city go well beyond his words. His actions have made the difference for 10’s of thousands of people right here in Kansas City.

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The Full Employment Council was one of 11 nonprofit organizations in the Kansas City area to receive a grant from the Health Forward Foundation. The grant helps ensure Missourians are informed about the opportunity to enroll in Medicaid.

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FEC CEO Clyde McQueen Issues Proclamation in Support of National Apprenticeship Week 2021

The 7th annual National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) will take place November 15 - 21, 2021. NAW is a nationwide celebration where industry, labor, equity, workforce, education, and government leaders host events to showcase the successes and value of Registered Apprenticeship for re-building our economy, advancing racial and gender equity, and supporting underserved communities. 

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Flatland Premiere: The Future of Work

FEC CEO and President Clyde McQueen speaks to the future of workforce development in the Kansas City region with host D. Rashaan Gilmore on Kansas City PBS's premiere episode of Flatland.

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FEC CEO and President Clyde McQueen speaks to KCTV5 about the worker shortage. He states the FEC sees a huge increase in interested potential workers since the federal unemployment benefits ended, but workers need certain stipulations in place before applying for a job. The biggest one is childcare.

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“Many employers are now realizing they’ve got a pay a decent wage to even attract people,” President of the Full Employment Council, Clyde McQueen said in interview with KCTV 5. 

McQueen said the current job shortage many sectors of the economy are experiencing have a lot of factors behind it.

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