Media and Press Releases

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. 


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.


Local businesses looking for seasonal workers amid continuing labor shortage

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.


Many employers raise wages as labor shortage continues

“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.


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."


FEC’s McQueen Dispels Myth That ‘People Just Don’t Want to Work’

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. 


Kansas City agency using grant from state to help launch apprenticeships in Missouri

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.