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Posted on: May 1, 2015

Workforce AID training program announced in Manhattan

The Kansas Department of Commerce is partnering with Caterpillar Work Tools Inc. and Manhattan Area Technical College to provide short term training through the Workforce Aligned with Industry Demand (Workforce AID) pilot project. The program will provide...Read on...

Posted on: February 17, 2015

Nominations open for 2015 Older Worker Awards ceremony

The Kansas Department of Commerce and the Older Worker Task Force will host the annual Older Worker Awards ceremony on April 6. The Department is now accepting nominations for the awards.

This event honors older workers who continue to play crucial rol...Read on...

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Posted on: February 12, 2015

Informational meetings about benefits available for laid-off Learjet employees will be held Feb. 23

The Workforce Centers of South Central Kansas will host informational meetings on Feb. 23 for workers impacted by the recent layoffs at Learjet, including leased and temporary workers. The meetings will be held at the Wichita Workforce Center and will cov...Read on...

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Posted on: October 15, 2014

Careers in Energy Week presents chance to learn about training and job opportunities

Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a proclamation declaring Oct. 13-Oct. 19 to be “Careers in Energy Week.” Kansas offers many programs and resources to help individuals embark upon rewarding and diverse careers in the energy industry. During “Careers in Energ...Read on...

Posted on: September 9, 2014

Patriot Day career fair for veterans, transitioning soldiers and families to be held Sept. 11

The second annual Patriot Day Career Fair will be held at the Junction City Municipal Building on Sept. 11. The career fair is open to the public, with a special focus on veterans, transitioning soldiers and their families. More than 40 employers will att...Read on...

Posted on: August 12, 2014

KANSASWORKS to hold statewide virtual career fair Aug. 14

KANSASWORKS will host a statewide virtual career fair on Thursday, Aug. 14, in conjunction with Convergys Corp., a global leader in relationship management. The company plans to hire 500 home agents this month and up to 800 during the fall to service new ...Read on...

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 ...Read on...

Posted on: July 30, 2014

Informational meetings about benefits available for laid-off Learjet workers will be held next week

The Workforce Centers of South Central Kansas will host informational meetings next week for workers impacted by the recent layoffs at Learjet. The meetings will be held at the Wichita Workforce Center and will cover benefits and services available to lai...Read on...

Posted on: July 30, 2014

Kansas awarded Second Chance Act grant of nearly $640,000

Kansas has been awarded a Second Chance Act grant totaling $639,684 to support technical education for inmates at the Topeka Correctional Facility (TCF). The grant will establish two classrooms, including a mobile unit supported by a U.S. Department of La...Read on...

Posted on: July 14, 2014

Hays “job crawl” offers networking with educators and employers

North Central Kansas Technical College (NCK Tech) will host a “job crawl” on July 15 in Hays. Job seekers can network with educators and employers at the event to learn about training opportunities through the Workforce Aligned with Industry Demand (AID) ...Read on...

Posted on: April 24, 2014

Older workers honored at awards ceremony in Topeka

The Kansas Department of Commerce and the Older Worker Task Force hosted the 17th annual Older Worker Awards ceremony in Topeka on Thursday. Seven individuals, three businesses and two Older Kansans Employment Program (OKEP) providers were recognized for ...Read on...

Posted on: March 24, 2014

One week remaining to submit nominations for Older Worker Awards

Only one week remains to submit nominations for the Older Worker Awards ceremony, which will be held on April 24 at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. All nominations for the Older Worker Awards must be received by March 31.

The Older Worker...Read on...

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Posted on: February 25, 2014

Nominations for Older Worker Awards due March 31

The Kansas Department of Commerce and the Older Worker Task Force will continue to accept nominations for the Older Worker Awards through March 31. The Older Worker Awards ceremony will be held on April 24 at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. ...Read on...

Posted on: February 14, 2014

Leanne Kehres selected as new executive director of Southeast KANSASWORKS

Jerry Atkinson, board chairman of Southeast KANSASWORKS, and Bonnie (Rob) Roberts, chairman of the Chief Elected Officials Board of Kansas Local Workforce Investment Area V, announced today the selection of Leanne Kehres (pronounced kare´-es) as the execu...Read on...

Posted on: January 28, 2014

Older Worker Awards ceremony scheduled for April 24 in Topeka

The Kansas Department of Commerce and the Older Worker Task Force will host the annual Older Worker Awards ceremony on April 24. The Department is now accepting nominations for the awards.

This event honors older workers who continue to play crucial ro...Read on...

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Posted on: September 16, 2013

KANSASWORKS to hold statewide virtual career fair Sept. 24

KANSASWORKS will host a statewide virtual career fair on Sept. 24 in conjunction with Convergys Corp., a global leader in relationship management. The company plans to hire up to 500 home agents during the fall to service new client needs. Convergys will ...Read on...

Posted on: July 1, 2013

Gov. Brownback, state officials announce new veterans’ website

The state of Kansas announced a new website today that will serve as a central, comprehensive resource for services that the state provides to veterans. KanVet will connect veterans with higher education information and job searching tools designed specif...Read on...

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Posted on: June 18, 2013

Commerce awarded grant from U.S. Department of Labor to build workforce database

The United States Department of Labor has announced that it has awarded a grant of $1,156,117 to the Kansas Department of Commerce to create a secure longitudinal data system. The database will expand and improve the state longitudinal data system, promot...Read on...

Posted on: April 10, 2013

Older Worker Awards presented in Topeka

The Kansas Department of Commerce and the Older Worker Task Force hosted the 16th annual Older Worker and Employers Awards ceremony yesterday at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. Six individuals, one business and seven organizations that serve...Read on...

Posted on: April 8, 2013

Older Worker Awards ceremony to be held April 9 in Topeka

The Kansas Department of Commerce and the Older Worker Task Force will host the 16th annual Older Worker Awards ceremony on April 9 in Marvin Auditorium at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library.

This event honors older workers who continue to pl...Read on...

Posted on: March 14, 2013

KANSASWORKS Employer Partner Incentive announced

Kansas Department of Commerce Secretary Pat George and Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) Secretary Phyllis Gilmore announced today the launching of the KANSASWORKS Employer Partner Incentive, which is designed to connect employers with per...Read on...

Posted on: March 6, 2013

Kansas Department of Commerce announces Hostess employees may apply for Trade Act benefits

The Kansas Department of Commerce announced today that employees working in a Hostess/Interstate Brands site (including on-site leased workers) at the time of closure are eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program services.

The TAA...Read on...

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Posted on: February 6, 2013

Older Worker Awards Ceremony set for April 9 in Topeka

The Kansas Department of Commerce and the Older Worker Task Force will host the annual Older Worker Awards Ceremony on April 9. The Department is now accepting nominations for the awards.

This event honors older workers who continue to play a very impo...Read on...

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Posted on: December 3, 2012

State Commerce and Labor officials will tour state to promote building a qualified workforce

State officials from the Kansas Department of Commerce, the Department of Labor, and the Kansas Board of Regents will visit six communities across Kansas to promote the state’s effort to build a certified, highly qualified workforce for business and indus...Read on...

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Posted on: November 16, 2012

Interested in a career in the oil and gas industry in Kansas?

Job seekers, veterans and others interested in applying for or learning about career opportunities related to oil and gas activity in the Mississippian Lime Play (MLP) in Kansas should plan to attend the Kansas Oil and Gas Career and Resources Fair on Tue...Read on...

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Posted on: November 5, 2012

Registration for Oil and Gas Small Business Opportunities Conference has been extended

Registration for the Kansas Oil and Gas Small Business Opportunities Conference has been extended until Nov. 19.

Gov. Sam Brownback, other state leaders and industry representatives will gather in Hutchinson on Nov. 27 to get an update on current acti...Read on...

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Posted on: October 23, 2012

KANSASWORKS to hold third statewide virtual career fair

KANSASWORKS will host its third statewide virtual career fair on Oct. 30 in conjunction with Convergys Corp., a global leader in relationship management. The company wants to hire up to 500 home agents for its operations before the end of the year.

“Co...Read on...

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Posted on: October 17, 2012

Interested in a job driving a truck for the oil and gas industry in Kansas?

Kansas has more than 1,600 current, open positions for truck drivers in the state, and with the right training, driving a truck is a high demand career, especially in the oil and gas industry in Kansas.

The Kansas Department of Commerce and its KANSASW...Read on...

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Posted on: October 15, 2012

Careers in Energy Week highlights availability of high demand jobs in traditional energy fields

The Kansas Department of Commerce and the Kansas Energy Workforce Consortium (KEWC) are teaming up to promote Careers in Energy Week, which highlights the availability in Kansas of high demand jobs in traditional energy fields and the career pathways to e...Read on...

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Posted on: October 11, 2012

Kansas Skills Summit to focus on ways to provide businesses with highly qualified workforce

Gov. Sam Brownback will join state, industry and workforce leaders at the Kansas Skills Summit on Oct. 29 in Wichita as they look at ways to improve the competitive position of Kansas companies by providing a highly qualified workforce.

WHAT: The Kansa...Read on...

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Posted on: October 10, 2012

Gov. Brownback helps launch campaign to raise awareness of career technical education opportunities

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback recently unveiled a new marketing campaign to raise awareness and recruit high school students into high-demand occupations available to graduates of career technical education programs. The campaign also promotes the state’s new...Read on...

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Posted on: September 12, 2012

Hispanic and Latino American Affairs Commission to host job fair on Sept. 15

The Kansas Hispanic and Latino American Affairs Commission (KHLAAC) will host a job fair from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Union Station in Kansas City, Mo. The job fair also is sponsored by the Kansas departments of Labor and Commerce, as well as the Missouri Full ...Read on...

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Posted on: August 28, 2012

Two Kansas Registered Apprenticeship programs recognized as innovative and trailblazing

To observe the 75th anniversary in August of the National Apprenticeship Act, the federal Office of Apprenticeship has designated several state Registered Apprenticeship programs as “innovating and trailblazing,” including two in Kansas.

The Early Chil...Read on...

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Posted on: August 14, 2012

Gov. Brownback touts free technical education tuition

Promoting a new law that provides free tuition to Kansas high school students who take technical education courses, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback touted the future of career and technical education (CTE) today in Overland Park. Stakeholders from industries an...Read on...

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Posted on: August 13, 2012

Department of Commerce creates Kansas Minority and Women Business Directory

The Kansas Department of Commerce has started the Kansas Minority and Women Business Directory as a resource guide for purchasing agents, contractors and others involved in procurement and contracting of goods and services.

“Our intention is to encoura...Read on...

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Posted on: July 26, 2012

Gov. Brownback encourages students to take advantage of free tuition offered by new law

With the start of the new school year less than a month away, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback encouraged high school students to take advantage of free tuition offered through the state’s new Career and Technical Education Act during a news conference today at ...Read on...

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Posted on: June 27, 2012

Gov. Brownback highlights importance of career and technical education for high school students

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback highlighted the importance of career and technical education for Kansas high school students today at a ceremonial bill signing of Senate Bill 155 in Wichita. Stakeholders from industries and higher education institutions, as we...Read on...

Posted on: June 12, 2012

AT&T announces $250 million nationwide expansion of education commitment through Aspire

As access to skilled workers becomes increasingly vital to the U.S. economy, AT&T has launched a quarter-billion-dollar campaign to help more students graduate from high school ready for careers and college, and to ensure the country is better prepare...Read on...

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Posted on: June 5, 2012

KANSASWORKS to hold Engineers’ Career and Resource Fair

Anyone with an engineering background who is currently looking for work, or anyone interested in breaking into the engineering field, should plan to attend the KANSASWORKS Engineers’ Career and Resource Fair on June 12 in Wichita.

The state has launche...Read on...

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Posted on: June 4, 2012

Regional oil and gas symposium set for June 19 in Dodge City

The Dodge City/Ford County Development Corp. will host a day-long conference on June 19 on current and future oil and gas activity in the Mississippian Lime Play (MLP), covering parts of western and south central Kansas. The region was considered tapped o...Read on...

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Posted on: May 29, 2012

New law will help create job opportunities for disabled Kansans

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law today legislation aimed at creating job opportunities for Kansans with disabilities.

House Bill 2453 (formerly HB 2442 and SB 444) will establish preferences to award state contracts to certified businesses if ...Read on...

Posted on: May 25, 2012

Career Spotlight: Water quality jobs offer stable careers, advancement

Communities large and small across Kansas have one thing in common: they all depend on clean water to function properly and provide their citizens with a high quality of life. A career in the water quality field includes a variety of job titles and respon...Read on...

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Posted on: April 27, 2012

State officials welcome U.S. DOL decision to withdraw youth farm labor rule

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and Attorney General Derek Schmidt welcomed news yesterday that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has withdrawn a proposed rule dealing with youth working in agriculture. The pair sent a letter to the DOL in November expressing ...Read on...

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Posted on: April 25, 2012

KANSASWORKS to sponsor free home energy efficiency classes

KANSASWORKS and the Kansas Utility Alliance will host a statewide series of classes over the next several weeks to provide information about energy efficient residential construction and retrofit and the growing career opportunities within the field. This...Read on...

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Posted on: April 10, 2012

2012 KANSASWORKS Statewide Job Fair set for April 24

Job seekers across the state should plan to attend the 2012 Kansas Statewide Job Fair on April 24 in Dodge City. The job fair, which is free, is sponsored by KANSASWORKS, the Kansas Economic Development Alliance and the Employer Support of the Guard and R...Read on...

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Posted on: March 26, 2012

Water quality careers workshop set for April 2

KANSASWORKS will present a workshop for those interested in learning more about careers in the water quality treatment field on April 2.

The water quality treatment field is projected to lose more than one-third of its Kansas workforce to retirements i...Read on...

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Posted on: March 15, 2012

KANSASWORKS to hold second statewide virtual career fair

KANSASWORKS will host its second statewide virtual career fair on March 20 in conjunction with Convergys Corp., a global leader in relationship management. The company continues to hire home-based customer service agents in Kansas who can handle client te...Read on...

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Posted on: March 5, 2012

KANSASWORKS to host virtual job fair for Larned State Hospital March 13

KANSASWORKS will host a virtual job fair for the Larned State Hospital on March 13. Job seekers from around the state will have the opportunity to meet with hospital staff via video conference through their local workforce center. Hospital representatives...Read on...

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Posted on: February 7, 2012

Older Worker Awards ceremony, job fair set for March 30 in Topeka

The Kansas Department of Commerce and the Older Worker Task Force will host the annual Older Worker Awards Ceremony on March 30.

This event honors older workers who continue to play a very important role in the Kansas workforce and economy, as well as...Read on...

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Posted on: January 18, 2012

Summit on career readiness focuses on improving opportunities in education

More than 600 Kansans -- either in person or online -- took part in the Governor’s Summit on Career Readiness today, hosted by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback. The summit highlighted the importance of Kansas high school students graduating with the skills and...Read on...

Posted on: January 13, 2012

Governor’s Career Readiness Summit to be live-streamed

Registration for the 2012 Governor’s Career Readiness Summit set for 8:30 a.m., Jan. 18, has reached capacity and is now closed.

Because of the overwhelming response to the summit, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback today announced that an audio feed for the su...Read on...

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Posted on: January 9, 2012

Gov. Brownback announces plan to improve career and technical education

Career and technical educators and stakeholders joined Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback today for the announcement of his plan to boost the percentage of students who are career and college ready upon high school graduation. The plan, which proposes improvement...Read on...

Posted on: December 14, 2011

Keeping Kansas Competitive engineering initiative receives first $1 million in funding

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and the Kansas Board of Regents announced today the first $1 million investment in the Keeping Kansas Competitive engineering expansion initiative. The funding will be used by the state’s professional engineering programs at Kans...Read on...

Posted on: December 12, 2011

Governor Brownback, Kansas Regents to announce funding for engineering grants

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, Commerce Secretary Pat George and the Kansas Board of Regents have scheduled a brief news conference on Wednesday, Dec. 14, to announce the initial funding for the Keeping Kansas Competitive engineering expansion, which was pass...Read on...

Posted on: November 21, 2011

Department of Commerce awards training grant funding to community and technical colleges

The Kansas Department of Commerce announced today that it has awarded $500,000 in funding to six community and technical colleges under the Jobs and Innovative Industry Skills Training (JIIST) grant. The institutions will use the money to develop innovati...Read on...

Posted on: November 4, 2011

KANSASWORKS to host first statewide virtual career fair

KANSASWORKS will host its first ever statewide virtual career fair on Nov. 14 in conjunction with Convergys Corp., a global leader in relationship management. The company is aggressively seeking to hire home-based customer service agents in Kansas who can...Read on...

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Posted on: October 19, 2011

KANSASWORKS to host home agent job fair in Russell on Oct. 24

KANSASWORKS is hosting a home agent job fair on Oct. 24 in conjunction with Convergys, a global leader in relationship management.

“Convergys’ Home Agent program is one of the fastest growing parts of the company, and it offers a flexible work alternat...Read on...

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Posted on: October 18, 2011

Kansas Department of Commerce awarded an H-1B Technical Skills Training Grant

The Kansas Department of Commerce announced today that it was awarded a $5 million, four-year H-1B Technical Skills Training Grant by the U.S. Department of Labor. The grant can be used by employers for on-the-job training to support the hiring of new eng...Read on...

Posted on: October 14, 2011

KANSASWORKS to host home agent job fair in Plainville, Phillipsburg on Oct. 21

KANSASWORKS is hosting a home agent job fair on Oct. 21 in conjunction with Convergys, a global leader in relationship management.

“Convergys’ Home Agent program is one of the fastest growing parts of the company, and it offers a flexible work alternat...Read on...

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Posted on: August 4, 2011

Garden City’s TekVet to hold career fair Aug. 10-11

TekVet will hold a career fair at its Garden City offices on Aug. 10-11. The company, which created and manufactures an early detection system to help livestock owners monitor animals for diseases, is looking to potentially fill several positions across a...Read on...

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Posted on: August 2, 2011

Manufacturing Institute, Wichita Area Technical College to offer Advanced Manufacturing training

The Manufacturing Institute of Washington, D.C., announced a partnership today with the Wichita Area Technical College (WATC) to begin deployment of the NAM-endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System in Kansas. Through the alignment of educational...Read on...

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Posted on: July 19, 2011

Department to sponsor workshop for contractors interested in working with Kansas wind farm industry

The Kansas Department of Commerce, in conjunction with the Advance Manufacturing Institute, the Association of General Contractors, Kansas Contractors Association and the Great Lakes Wind Network, will sponsor a workshop for Kansas contractors interested ...Read on...

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Posted on: July 11, 2011

AAR Aircraft Services, SLN Aviation Service Center to hold Career and Networking Fair

AAR Aircraft Services, a leading provider of aircraft maintenance and modifications services, in partnership with the SLN Aviation Service Center and KANSASWORKS, will hold an Aviation Career and Networking Fair in Salina to meet with the local aviation ...Read on...

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Posted on: July 11, 2011

Topeka’s Washburn Tech to host job and training expo on July 14

To help connect job seekers with employers, an Advanced Systems Technology Job and Training Expo will be held from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. July 14 at the Washburn Institute of Technology Conference Center in Topeka. The expo has been developed through a partnershi...Read on...

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Posted on: July 1, 2011

Heartland Mill Inc. receives Kansas Industrial Retraining funds

The Kansas Department of Commerce announced today that Heartland Mill Inc. of Marienthal has received $11,600 in Kansas Industrial Retraining (KIR) funds to provide employee training on a new global food certification standard used by its customers.

Th...Read on...

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Posted on: June 24, 2011

Osborne Industries receives Kansas Industrial Retraining funds

The Kansas Department of Commerce announced today that Osborne Industries Inc. of Osborne has received $8,465 in Kansas Industrial Retraining (KIR) funds to provide employee training on two new technology systems the company is implementing this year.

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Posted on: June 1, 2011

Colleges receive $117,100 in funding for health career training program

The Kansas Department of Commerce and the Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) have awarded $117,100 in grant funding to nine community and technical colleges to provide job training for 100 individuals to eventually take positions in needed health care profess...Read on...

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Posted on: May 31, 2011

Kansas Career Pathways Summit set for June 1-2

More than 170 participants are set to take part in the “Keeping Kansas Competitive” Career Pathways Summit this week in Topeka. The summit will focus on successfully using the emerging strategy of “career pathways” as a tool for workforce development, as ...Read on...

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Posted on: May 25, 2011

George: ‘More engineering students critical for job growth in Kansas’

Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George released the following statement today in response to Gov. Sam Brownback signing into law SB 127, the University Engineering Initiative Act:

“Graduating more engineering students is critical for job growth in Kansas...Read on...

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Posted on: April 27, 2011

KANSASWORKS Mobile Center to visit 3i Show

The Kansas Department of Commerce will exhibit its KANSASWORKS Mobile Center, a custom-built RV designed as a traveling workforce services office, at the 2011 3i Show from May 4-6 at the Finney County Fairgrounds in Garden City.

The 38-foot Mobile Cent...Read on...

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Posted on: November 9, 2010

Kansas Department of Commerce, Kansas Board of Regents invest $1.6 million in EnergyNET

The Kansas Department of Commerce and the Kansas Board of Regents will invest $1.6 million in the Energy Network of Education and Training (EnergyNET), a system of Kansas public higher education institutions collaborating to provide enhanced workforce tra...Read on...

Posted on: September 30, 2010

Kansas receives nearly $15.5 million to strengthen health care workforce

Kansas has received two U.S. Department of Health & Human Services grants totaling $15,485,480 over five years to strengthen the state’s health care workforce, officials announced today.

The two grants are as follows:

Health Profession Opportunity...Read on...

Posted on: May 18, 2010

Kansas Department of Labor releases first-ever Kansas Green Jobs Survey results

TOPEKA – Kansas employers have more than 20,000 green jobs and expect to have more than 30,000 such jobs by 2012, according to results from the state’s first-ever survey to identify and measure green jobs based on information from Kansas employers.


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Posted on: January 20, 2010

Kansas awarded $6 million Recovery Act grant for green jobs

Kansas has been awarded a $6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to train Kansans for employment in green industries, officials announced today.

“This grant will help out-of-work Kansans re-train for new jobs in the renewable energy secto...Read on...



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