KANSAS CITY, MO. (February 6, 2023) – Concorde Career Colleges, Inc., the health care division of Universal Technical Institute and operating 17 health care focused campuses across eight states, announced Full Employment Council (FEC) as the winner of their 2022 Workforce Development Partner of the Year Award, a nationwide award that recognizes a leading Concorde partner for their continued involvement with the campus, students, and associates.
On Monday, February 6, Clyde McQueen, President and CEO of Full Employment Council, accepted the award at Concorde-Kansas City’s main campus on the east side of the St. Joseph Medical Center complex.
“The Full Employment Council proved to be exceptional and a valued partner in all areas. FEC is fully invested and involved in offering educational opportunities to the Kansas City community. They have continued to partner with Concorde throughout student trainings to ensure their clients are well-prepared for the career of their choosing,” said Marlene Cerbasi, Concorde Career Colleges National Workforce Development Manager. “We are proud to continue our partnership with FEC into 2023 and congratulate them on this well-deserved award.”
Even among Concorde Career College’s 28 outstanding workforce development board partners, located across 11 different states, FEC’s work in 2022 stood out as a top resource and support system for students, faculty, and staff at the Kansas City campus. Concorde-Kansas City’s workforce liaisons communicate with FEC on a regular basis to connect current and future students with their services – tuition and financial assistance, gas cards and mileage reimbursements, career counseling – to ensure they have the support necessary to be successful in a rewarding health care program.
“Winning this award represents the great partnership between Concorde and the public workforce system facilitated and managed by Full Employment Council,” said McQueen. “We have the ability to work with Concorde through just-in-time training to meet the immediate skill needs of employers, as well as the career aspirations of the unemployed and underemployed population in our region. We are especially proud of the graduation and job placement rates of Concorde students into the appropriate employment sectors.”
According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment in health care occupations is expected to increase by 1.9 million new jobs each year due to the need to replace workers who leave their occupations permanently.  With the current national health care shortage, it’s become increasingly important for Concorde to partner with agencies that help talent complete a health care program and enter an in-demand career.
"The extreme workforce shortages experienced within the health care sector requires a responsive, organic, and flexible training support system. Our system looks equally at the skill requirements of the health care sector, as well as the job training and support system needs of its potential employees,” explained McQueen. “Therefore, we must also look to ensure that the transportation, childcare, and housing requirements of our trainees are addressed to ensure job retention within the health care sector. FEC will continue its partnership with Concorde as we develop and refine this workforce ecosystem that facilitates increased job retention and career advancement.”
FEC offers support services, accessibility services, youth services, and adult services for dislocated workers and veterans. It also provides assistance in locating paid internships, on-the-job training, apprenticeships, and both full-time and part-time jobs.
Concorde’s Kansas City campus provides students with career-driven college programs in practical nursing, dental assisting, dental hygiene, physical therapy assisting, respiratory therapy, surgical technology, cardiovascular sonography, diagnostic medical sonography, medical assisting, medical office administration, phlebotomy, sterile processing technology, and also offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree program. For more information, visit the campus website or call (816) 787-1029.
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About Concorde Career Colleges, Inc.
Concorde Career Colleges, Inc., the health care division of Universal Technical Institute; operates 17 health care focused campuses across eight states under the brands Concorde Career College and Concorde Career Institute, prepares America’s next generation of health care and dental professionals for rewarding careers. The Concorde blended education model combines online coursework with in-person lab classes and clinical settings. Concorde’s 25 student-focused academic programs and personalized support prepares graduates for in-demand careers in nursing, dental, respiratory, diagnostic and other health care roles. Concorde and its parent organization are accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) and the Council on Occupational Education (COE). For more information, visit www.concorde.edu.
About Universal Technical Institute, Inc.
Universal Technical Institute (NYSE: UTI) was founded in 1965 and is a leading workforce solutions provider of transportation, skilled trades and healthcare education programs, whose mission is to serve students, partners, and communities by providing quality education and support services for in-demand careers across a number of highly skilled fields. The Company is comprised of two divisions: UTI and Concorde Career Colleges. UTI operates 16 campuses located in 9 states and offers a wide range of transportation and skilled trades technical training programs under brands such as UTI, MIAT College of Technology, Motorcycle Mechanics Institute, Marine Mechanics Institute, and NASCAR Technical Institute. Concorde Career Colleges operates across 17 campuses in 8 states, offering programs in the Allied Health, Dental, Nursing, Patient Care, and Diagnostic fields. For more information, visit www.uti.edu or www.concorde.edu, or visit us on LinkedIn at @Universal Technical Institute and @Concorde Career Colleges or on Twitter @news_UTI or @ConcordeCareer.
 The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects overall employment in healthcare occupations is projected to grow 13 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations; this increase is expected to result in about 2 million new jobs over the decade. In addition to new jobs from growth, opportunities arise from the need to replace workers who leave their occupations permanently. About 1.9 million openings each year, on average, are projected to come from growth and replacement needs.