Achieve Your Goals

We focus on helping professionals gain and strengthen practical job skills to reach goals. We offer short non-credit courses, including certificate-based training, to build better leaders, better communicators, and better employees. We train both small and large groups through affordable solutions – online, in person, and onsite at your business. 


Featured Courses and Workshops

We offer a wide range of professional development in business operations and leadership, communication, data-driven analysis, DEI, and more. Explore these featured courses. Need other options? We can Create A Plan together starting with the form below. 

Amplify Your Diversity Roadmap led by talent acquisition expert Molly Weaver

Amplify Your Diversity Roadmap

Learn how to better tell the story of what your organization is doing – and plans to do – in relation to your diversity goals.

12/6/2022 – 12/6/2022

2:00 PM

Learn How to Optimize Business Data Drive Decision Making from UMKC TalentLInk

Optimize Your Business Through Data-Driven Decision Making

Companies in numerous industries use data-driven decision making to transform strategic plans into smart operational practices and fuel growth. Learn how a software company deployed a data-driven decision-making approach at each stage of forecasting, execution, and tracking.

12/08/2022 – 12/08/2022

9:00 AM

Learn about sales enablement to improve your sales operation from UMKC TalentLInk

Sales Enablement for Product Professionals

Learn the importance of Sales Enablement, how it fits into sales performance, product management and entrepreneurship, and the starter kit you need to implement this practice.

1/25/2023 – 1/25/2023

9:00 AM

Build A Solid Cybersecurity Foundation Within Your Organization. Led by cybersecurity expert Travis Wentworth.

Build A Solid Cybersecurity Foundation Within Your Organization

Led by cybersecurity expert Travis Wentworth. Develop an understanding of how to establish and evaluate the cybersecurity posture in your organization.

01/24/23 – 01/24/23

9:00 AM

Data Management with SQL Daniel Maenle

Data Management with SQL

This workshop introduces students to the SQL environment, principles of database management, and basic tools for working with databases.

01/30/2023 – 02/06/2023

1:00 PM

freight broker training

Freight Broker Agent Training

Learn the skills you need to be a successful freight broker or a freight agent in this fast-growing industry.

Open Enrollment

Certified Life Coach

Certified Professional Life Coach (Exam Included)

This certification course teaches the critical skills needed to establish a successful business as a certified life coach.

Open Enrollment

UMKC TalentLink offers courses in Mastering Project Management PMP to prepare for certification

Mastering Project Management with PMP® Prep

Gain a deeper understanding of project management concepts and applications in the workplace, including how to select, plan, execute, control and complete projects.

Open Enrollment

CompTIA IT Fundamentals (Voucher Included)

The CompTIA IT Fundamentals exam is designed to help you learn more about the world of information technology (IT) and is ideal if you’re considering a career in IT or if you work in an allied field that requires a broad understanding of IT.

Open Enrollment

Why Partner With UMKC TalentLink?

You have specific training needs and goals in mind for your business, such as upskilling employees, improving performance, and retaining talent. We will help you achieve them.

Expert Instruction

Learn from experts and industry leaders who can help your team gain practical skills.

Flexible Training

We provide training and development through onsite and virtual options. We can align course instructors to fit your schedule and format.

Certificate Based

Participants earn credentials as they grow within your organization. 

Professional Development for Businesses

Each business has unique needs and goals. We don’t prescribe solutions. TalentLink listens, learns, and partners with each business to understand needs. Let’s formulate a training and development plan that works for you. 

Group Training

We specialize in working with small to midsize groups for training and development. Instructors


Individual Employee Courses

Have a specific training need for an individual employee? Share your interest with us. A member of our team will contact you to learn more. 

Create a Plan: How It Works

“Discover a purpose that gives you passion. Develop a plan that makes you persistent. Design a preparation and motivates you to optimize your potential. Do it because you love it!”

― Israelmore Ayivor, Dream Big!: See Your Bigger Picture!

  1. Share Your Goals
    Share the topic, skill, or area of interest for training. How many people need this training? Do you have a deadline or timetable to attend and complete training? Preferred format – virtual, in person, onsite at the business? What else can you share to help us understand your training needs?
  2. We’ll Contact You
    Once you submit the Create A Plan form, a UMKC TalentLink member will contact you to discuss your needs further.
  3. Let’s Discuss a Plan
    We’ll listen, ask questions to better understand, and then create a plan with you. Let’s get started.

Create a Plan

A goal without a plan is just a wish. Share your goal with us. We’ll create a plan for training and development to help achieve your goals. 

Create a Plan

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News & Insights

Independence Chamber of Commerce luncheon with Candice Haines of UMKC TalentLink

Independence Chamber of Commerce Luncheon

Business development director Candice Haines represented UMKC TalentLink, host of the Independence Chamber of Commerce’s November luncheon.

UMKC TalentLink Community Launch

Photo Gallery From UMKC TalentLink’s Community Launch

A photo gallery from UMKC TalentLink’s Community Launch, featuring speaker Jennifer Schnack of T-Mobile discussing workforce training and talent development.

Jennifer Schnack of T-Mobile delivers remarks on workforce development at UMKC TalentLink's Community Launch.

War For Talent Drives Training Needs at T-Mobile And Other Companies

Jennifer Schnack, Vice President of Employee Talent, Development & Experience at T-Mobile emphasized the importance of talent development and training to optimize workforces at TalentLink’s Community Launch event.

Sales enablement optimizes the process and outcome for successful sales.

How to Set the Table and Close the Deal Through Sales Enablement

Instructor and product marketing expert Seth Kakuske explains why the tools and process of sales enablement helps product salespeople improve success rates.

UMKC TalentLink announces partnership with South Kansas City Workforce Development Center

UMKC TalentLink Announces Partnership With South Kansas City Workforce Development Center

UMKC TalentLink and the South Kansas City Workforce Development Center agreed to partner recently to provide employee training programs. TalentLink will also host office hours each month at the WDC.

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UMKC TalentLink Community Launch

UMKC TalentLink will host an event on October 21 to mark UMKC Engagement Month, highlight our professional development mission and programs, and to celebrate our official community launch.

Warren Wandling leads the course Essential Skills for First Time Supervisors.

Five Questions With Warren Wandling About Essential Skills for First Time Supervisors

Instructor Warren Wandling discusses some supervisory skills taught in his certificate program, Essential Skills for First Time Supervisors.

Tomayto, Tomahto, Certification, Certificate

Certification and certificate are often used interchangeably as forms of alternative credentials. However, they are distinct and represent two different pathways and outcomes to professional development and training. Let’s discuss the difference.

Instructor Erin Blocher leads a course on effective email and digital communication

Video: Erin Blocher Discusses Factors that Impact Effective Email and Digital Communication

Learn more UMKC business communication professor Erin Blocher’s course Effective Email and Digital Communication.

Jermaine Jamison leads a course on fostering inclusion in the workplace

Video: Jermaine Jamison Discusses Inclusion in the Workplace

Jermaine Jamison discusses several key points about the importance of inclusion in the workplace and other topics he explores in his workshop, Fostering an Inclusive Workplace Environment.

Krista Shelton

Charity Fraud: Five Questions With Forensic Accounting Expert Krista Shelton

Forensic accounting is a formidable tool to audit and verify the accuracy of financial records. Charity Fraud: A Look Inside the Federal Investigation of Former NBA Player Kermit Washington sheds light on how forensic accounting uncovered fraudulence.

Instructor Erin Blocher leads a course on effective email and digital communication

Six Questions With Erin Blocher: Effective Email and Digital Communication

Erin Blocher, an assistant professor of business communication at the UMKC Bloch School of Management answers questions about Effective Email and Digital Communication.

Jermaine Jamison leads a course on fostering inclusion in the workplace

Fostering Inclusion in the Workplace: Five Questions With Jermaine Jamison

Inclusion has become a more common term in business vernacular, but what does it actually mean to put it into practice? In our interview below, Jermaine Jamison offers insight into the question based on years of experience.

The Case for Credentials and Certificates

UMKC TalentLink provides several courses that include a certificate upon completion. A recent survey underscored how valuable and prevalent alternate credentials have become for U.S. employers and workers. We share some key findings below based on recent research.

Fifth Friday coffee in North Kansas City for the Northland Regional Chamber

Fifth Friday Coffee: Networking With Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce

UMKC TalentLink was pleased to sponsor the Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce Fifth Friday Coffee in April.

Data Visualization With R: Five Questions With Dr. Neal Wilson

Dr. Neal Wilson, who teaches Data Visualization With R, answers five questions about how he uses the programming language in his data analysis work.

Essential Financial Skills instructor Nathan Mauck

Essential Financial Skills: Five Questions With Dr. Nathan Mauck

Understanding accounting and finance terminology is an essential skill for leaders and managers throughout an organization. Taught by UMKC faculty Dr. Nathan Mauck and business leader William Kay, the Essential Financial Skills Certificate consists of four live instructor-led courses that demystify financial terminology.

Python instructor Dr Jin Yao

Dr. Jin Yao Uses Python and Data Analysis to Support Decisions Impacting Johnson County Government Resources

5 Questions With Dr. Jin Yao, a senior data analyst with the government of Johnson County, Kansas, who teaches Python Boot Camp.

Demand Remains Strong for Project Managers. Here’s How to Prepare For a Project Management Career.

UMKC TalentLink commissioned research on professional development and learning among large employers and executives in the Kansas City region. Findings indicated that project management and data analytics are two of the top priorities that people seek to develop career skills.

Dr. Alex Francisco leads data analysis courses for UMKC TalentLink

5 Questions With Dr. Alex Francisco, Instructor of Introduction to Data Analytics

Demand for data analysts isn’t slowing down anytime soon. Hiring of data analysts and operations analysts is projected to grow 25 percent through 2030, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Analysts play a vital role in banking, insurance, healthcare, and industries that rely on data to forecast growth and interpret trends.

Tuan Tran

Gaining Data Analytics Skills Helped Tuan Tran Earn Promotion

Work experience alone isn’t always enough to advance your career in a changing industry. Tuan Tran has worked in the property and casualty insurance industry for nearly twelve years. He knew he needed to acquire data analysis skills as part of his professional growth. Tran earned a promotion to a data analyst position on the operations team at his employer after completing several courses at UMKC.

Professional Development Improves Employee Retention. Here’s Why.

Companies continue to struggle with hiring and retaining quality employees during the Great Resignation. More than ever, retaining employees is critical for companies to maintain smooth operations, stay competitive, and plan for growth. UMKC TalentLink provides professional development that helps business invest in their people and retain employees. It’s a critical strategy for a challenging time.

UMKC TalentLink executive director Jake Akehurst at Greater KC Veterans Career Fair

In The Community – Greater Kansas City Veterans Career Fair

UMKC TalentLink and UMKC Student Veteran Support Services attended the Greater Kansas City Veterans Career Fair on February 4, 2022, at Union Station. We met with a wide range of veterans and service members from the region.

Dr. Alex Francisco leads data analysis courses for UMKC TalentLink

Dr. Alex Francisco Leads Introduction to Data Analytics

Real-world experience meets practical knowledge in the upcoming course Introduction to Data Analytics. Dr. Alex Francisco (PhD, University of Missouri Kansas City), senior population health scientist and statistician at the Kansas City Health Department, leads the non-degree course.

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Visit UMKC TalentLink at Fifth Annual Greater Kansas City Veterans Career Fair

UMKC TalentLink is a proud co-sponsor of the 5th Annual Greater Kansas City Veterans Career Fair on Friday, February 4, 1-4 pm, located at Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Rd.