About KC Degrees

Our Vision

KC Degrees provides access to adults who aspire to complete a college degree by engaging various parts of the community to align resources, remove barriers, and create new pathways.

Our Mission

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To serve adults in the Kansas City region to earn a college degree or high quality certificate.

Why Go Back to College?

Be more qualified: Many jobs require specialized skills, knowledge and practical training that only a college degree and program can provide. Granted not all jobs require a college degree, but many employers look for the most qualified - and having a college degree often puts you in a better position than not. A college degree demonstrates you have what it takes to finish what you start.

Make more money:  It is a common cliché that College graduates make more than those who only complete high school or their GED equivalent. That means, over a lifetime of earnings, college graduates on average earn more than a million more than their high school counterparts do. That is a significant chunk of change.

Meet higher expectations:
Parents, family and friends expect us to do better. Finish college and show them you have what it takes to succeed. If not for them, do it for yourself.

Switch fields:
Lifelong jobs are outdated. Many industries and jobs have been disrupted by outsourcing, global competition and economies of scale.

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Guiding Team

The KC Degrees Guiding Team provides guidance for the operation and direction of services. The team meets at least quarterly and is made up of representatives from higher education and business. The guiding team, the program director and project manager make up the KC Degrees leadership.

Member Organization
Dr. Andy Anderson Retired, Johnson County Community College
Nikki Beard St. Luke's Health System
Dr. Angie Besendorfer Western Governor's University – Missouri
Jacob Bucher Baker University
Ellen Fairchild Great Plains Energy and KCP&L
Dr. Marilu Goodyear University of Kansas – Edwards Campus
Dr. Cheryl McConnell Rockhurst University
Mary B. Meacham DST Systems, Inc.
Dr. Ryan Meador Metropolitan Community College Business & Technology Campus
Keely Schneider Independent Business Consultant
Vanessa Sims UMB Financial Services
Dr. Beth Tankersley-Bankhead Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation