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Posted on: May 7, 2012

Department of Commerce offers two demand occupation certificate programs

In recognition of an expected wave of worker retirements in both the natural gas pipeline industry and the municipal water quality treatment field, the Kansas Department of Commerce is set to offer two demand occupation certificate programs starting in mid-May.

The Department will partner with Barton Community College in Great Bend, Salina Area Technical College, the Kansas Municipal Utilities and the KANSASWORKS workforce system to offer a Gas Measurement Technician Certificate program at Barton Community College and a Certificate of Career Exploration in Water Quality program at Salina Area Technical College.

The goal will be to prepare interested individuals for career opportunities in these fields. Students registering for the programs who are currently unemployed, underemployed, veterans or economically disadvantaged may receive a full scholarship through KANSASWORKS under a State Energy Sector Partnership and Training Grant.

“This is a great opportunity for someone just entering the workforce or for someone looking to make a career change into two growing and dynamic fields,” said Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George. “Gas measurement technicians can earn a median starting wage of $30,000 to $40,000 per year, while gas measurement specialists can earn $60,000 to $70,000 per year.”

“For recent or new high school graduates looking to learn specific skills and focused training to enter two fields with plenty of expected job openings and career advancement potential, these certificate programs could be a good fit,” George added.

For more information or to enroll in the Gas Measurement Technician Certificate program, contact Mike Baugh, Barton Community College, (866) 813-2462, or go to http://www.bartonccc.edu/instruction/programs/naturalgas.html. For more information or to enroll in the Certificate of Career Exploration in Water Quality program, contact Salina Area Technical College at (785) 309-3124.

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