The Coordinating Board for Higher Education approved a FY 2020 Budget Request of $55.8 million for workforce initiatives designed to target state and regional workforce needs. MoExcels funding will facilitate development and expansion of employer-driven education and training programs and initiatives to substantially increase educational attainment.



Public colleges and universities were asked to submit proposals for funding to facilitate development and expansion of employer-driven education and training programs. Final proposals were due by Aug. 1, 2019. Questions and submissions can be sent to




Thirty-nine proposals were submitted, requesting a total of $74.8 million. Scoring of RFPs was completed by department staff and reviewed by members of the Hawthorn Foundation, the Commissioner of Higher Education, and the Department of Economic Development Director. Proposals requesting funds for unallowable activities, as outlined in the RFP, were removed from consideration if those costs were more than 75 percent of the requested amount and a waiver had not been received in advance. The remaining proposals were ranked based on need, ability to quickly meet the demand, population served, and strength of proposal.

Governor Parson recommended 18 projects at $16.3 million. The General Assembly appropriated $18.9 million as line items to individual institutions as indicated below.


Click here to view the FY2020 RFP, Budget Template, Scoring Rubric, and Proposal Summaries.

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MoExcels FY20 Funded Proposals:


Institution  Proposal Title
Ozarks Technical Community
Center for Advanced Manufacturing
St. Louis Community College Talent Pipeline: Nursing and IT
Missouri State University Ozark Region Nursing Collaboration
Moberly Area Community College Mechatronics Center of Excellence
State Fair Community College Health Sciences Center for Excellence
University of Central Missouri Information Technology Expansion
Truman State University Data Science
Crowder College Advanced Training and Technology Center Program Expansion
Moberly Area Community College Truck Driving Program
Truman State University Behavioral Health and Counseling
Harris-Stowe State University Teacher Certification
North Central Missouri College Leading Edge: Ag & Manufacturing
State Technical College of Missouri Infrastructure Technician Education
Lincoln University LPN-BSN Bridge Program
Missouri Western State University Center of Excellence in Applied Health Care Learning
Missouri Southern State University Environmental Health and Safety Curriculum and Workforce Development
Northwest Missouri State University Next Generation Ag
St. Charles Community College Center of Excellence for Healthy Living
Southeast Missouri State University Health