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Posted on: August 6, 2014

Career training program brings opportunities to northwest Kansas

Technology training began Aug. 4 at North Central Kansas Technical College (NCK Tech) for 10 northwestern Kansas students enrolled in the Kansas Department of Commerce Workforce Aligned with Industry Demand (Workforce AID) initiative.

The training was developed under the guidance of area manufacturers including Glassman Corporation, Cross Manufacturing, CASHCO, Carrico Implement Company, Swift Bullet, Wellhead Systems and APAC, and is funded by a $120,000 grant from Midwest Energy and CoBank. Training focuses on blueprint reading, precision measuring, metalworking equipment and machining processes, and provides graduates with an industry credential in metalworking. Training occurs at NCK Tech and on-site at various participating companies, enabling graduates to explore the companies before applying for positions.

Most of the enrolled students are already employed, but are seeking additional training to increase their marketability in a county in which unemployment is below three percent.

The twelve-week pilot project will open to a second group of students in the future. Anyone interested in participating in Workforce AID course should contact Mari Tucker at NCK Tech, at (785) 738-9051.

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