Stackable Credits

Stackable credits, as defined by KC Scholars, are short-term certificates or credentials earned in 12 months or less in high-demand fields. Examples include Medical Billing and Coding, Certified Nurse’s Assistant, Automotive Technology, Cybersecurity, Early Childhood Development, and more.

This unique and innovative program supports eligible post-high school students who:

  • Want to acquire training and skills that enable them to enter the workforce quickly.
    • Stackable credits will be supported in high-demand workforce sectors
    • Our training partners have a demonstrated track record of high job placement
  • Plan to continue gaining new skills and adding additional credentials
    • Stackable credits will be accompanied by a minimum of 3 college credit hours in a degree program
    • Credits are awarded by one of our 17 Postsecondary Network campuses
    • Participants will receive academic guidance and support to build on their college credits in the future, if they choose
  • Download the flier- Stackable Credits Flier


Why Stackable Credits?

KC Scholars is committed to honoring all educational pathways. Many potential students are ready and willing to join the KC regional workforce right away, yet lack the necessary training to access available opportunities.  Many of these opportunities are high-paying positions that do not require a 2-year or 4-year degree.

Also, supporting Stackable Credits allows us to work more closely with our community partners and our postsecondary institution to make short-term, work-ready certificates easily accessible.

Impact on the Kansas City Region

We have big goals:

  • 80% of KC Scholars will graduate and remain in the region to live and work
  • 90+% completion rate in our Stackable Credits Program
  • 90+% job placement rate within 60 days of completion of a certificate
  • Increase in wage for students that were employed in advance of or while completing the certificate

Current Opportunities & Contacts

Who is Eligible for the Stackable Credits Program?

The Stackable Credits program serves individuals that have previously graduated from high school or completed the GED. Individuals must meet all of the following requirements to apply. Our training partner organizations may have additional requirements:

  1. Be a high school graduate.
  2. Live in one of the six service-area counties (Kansas: Wyandotte,Johnson and Missouri: Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte).
  3. Low- to modest-income. The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) calculation on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be 12,000 or less.
  4. Lawfully present in the United States OR DACA eligible and DACA applied/approved.


You must fill out the Free Online Application for the Federal Student Aid Estimator. You will need information regarding your and your family’s 2020 income and assets to complete the calculator. If your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) on the calculator is 12,000 or less, you are eligible to apply for KC Scholars. For assistance in completing the Federal Student Aid Estimator, go to
You must live in the six county service area  counties to participate in the Stackable Credits program.
Please see the Current Opportunities and Contacts section above for program contacts.
Yes! We want to ensure you are successful. KC Scholars will provide an adult learner coach to assist you with connecting with one of our 17 Postsecondary Network  campuses to explore the next steps for your education and career goals.
KC Scholars works directly with our collaborators to provide access training that leads to industry-recognized certificates. Please contact our collaborators to learn more about current and  future opportunities (Please see the Contact Information section above).

Graduate Quotes

Gayle R

Dear KC Scholars, 

Thank you so much for supporting me through my Medical Coding & Billing Class through the Community Service League and University of Central Missouri.  I can’t express how grateful I am to have such an opportunity to further my education and gain certification in such an exciting field.  The Community Service League and University of Central Missouri have been so supportive and encouraging through all of our studies over the past few months.  Both organizations have been truly focused on our success which helped tremendously to give me the confidence to succeed. 

Thank you again KC Scholars for funding for my class.  I am truly humbled and grateful. 

Sincerest thanks, 

Gayle R.