MoExcels funding facilitates development and expansion of employer-driven education and training programs and initiatives to substantially increase educational attainment. Funding recommended through MoExcels is available for a single fiscal year. If full funding of a project requires a multi-year phase in, each year's funding should stand on its own in the event that funds are not appropriated in subsequent years. A core funding increase may be requested after the third year in which a funded project achieves its performance goals.


MDHEWD will continue to work with partners and colleges on workforce needs through other opportunities as they become available, either through various non-profits, philanthropy, or federal grants.


FY 2021 & FY 2022

Public colleges and universities were asked to submit proposals for funding to facilitate development and expansion of employer-driven education and training programs for funding in FY 2021. Twenty-eight proposals were submitted, requesting a total of $37.8 million. Scoring of proposals was completed by the Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development staff and reviewed by members of the Coordinating Board and the Commissioner of Higher Education. The following list shows the proposals ranked in order by recommendation.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, proposed FY 2021 MoExcels funding by the Governor was not appropriated. However, the 17 proposals totaling $21.8 million recommended for funding in the FY 2021 budget are recommended by the Governor for funding in FY 2022.


Click here to view the FY 2021 Scoring Rubric, Request for Proposals, Recommendations, and Proposal Summaries.


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Institution  Proposal Title
Ozarks Technical Community
Center for Advanced Manufacturing
Harris-Stowe State University* Teacher Certification
University of Central Missouri Health Care Programs
Missouri Southern State University Autism Support
State Fair Community College Manufacturing Programs
University of Missouri-St. Louis Nursing Program
Missouri State University Cybersecurity
Jefferson College Veterinary Technology Renovations
Truman State University Applied Behavior Analysis
St. Charles Community College Manufacturing and Logistics Training Facility
Mineral Area College Center for Excellence in Career & Technical Education
Metropolitan Community College** Advanced Manufacturing Institute
University of Missouri - Columbia Clinical Service Engineering
Moberly Area Community College Nursing in Columbia & Hannibal
Missouri University of Science & Technology Teacher Prep
University of Missouri System Faculty Development
Southeast Missouri State University* Cybersecurity Expansion
University of Missouri System Student Experience
Harris-Stowe State University Certificate in Entrepreneurship
State Technical College of Missouri Engineering Technologies Center
St. Louis Community College Technology & Cybersecurity
Missouri State University-West Plains Advanced Welding Program
Northwest Missouri State University Cybersecurity Program Pipeline
Three Rivers College Construction & Agriculture Programs
East Central College Transitions Academy
Crowder College Transportation Technology Building
Northwest Missouri State University Emergency Management Program
Northwest Missouri State University Agriculture Technology & Mechanical Systems Management

*Future request for additional funding in fiscal year 2023.

**Future request for additional funding in fiscal years 2023 and 2024.


FY 2020

Thirty-nine proposals were submitted, requesting a total of $74.8 million. The Coordinating Board approved an FY 2020 budget request of $55.8 million. Governor Parson recommended 18 projects at $16.3 million. The General Assembly appropriated $18.9 million as line items to 19 projects as indicated below.


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


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MoExcels FY 2020 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