Exploring Career Education Locally (EXCEL) Tours launched in the Spring of 2017 as a way to connect local high school students with businesses in Keith County. This career exposure will assist students in choosing a post-secondary education path and increase the likelihood of them returning to Keith County.
The partnership between KCAD, MPCC, and the local schools has produced three tours to date. The graduating class of 2018 has been connected with nine participating businesses, four in the spring as juniors, and five in the fall as seniors. While the graduating class of 2019 has completed the Spring tour, visiting 4 businesses. Students have gained knowledge in a vast array of careers which include: Banking, Auto Body, Sheet Metal Heating, Healthcare, Radio Broadcasting, Fiber Communications, Agricultural Technology, Radio and Audio Technology, Law Enforcement, Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, Utility and Power, and Construction Management
The Tuition Reimbursement Program was created in 2016 as a way to assist local employers in recruiting quality workforce to the area.
The KCAD Revolving Loan Fund was established in 2017 to provide financial assistance to small & emerging private businesses in Keith County. As of June 1, 2018, approximately $60,000 has been allocated to assisting small business.
KCAD has assisted with two business transitions and one business expansion through use of Revolving Loan Funds.
BUSINESS RETENTION & EXPANSION
KCAD has performed approximately 30 Business Retention & Expansion visits in Keith County annually, doubling that required by the state. Nearly 40 visits were completed in 2017, allowing KCAD to stay connected with the county's most valuable resource, local businesses.
To date, KCAD has assisted with the following projects: