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New career training program provides opportunities in northwest Kansas


Midwest Energy and Co-Bank have teamed together for a $120,000 investment in career training for companies in Midwest Energy's 41 county service area. North Central Kansas Technical College and Hutchinson Community College, in cooperation with area companies, are partnering together to offer the new training initiative.

The training, in partnership with the Kansas Department of Commerce, Ellis County Coalition, Midwest Energy and Co-Bank, provides participants with intensive technology training and links them to good jobs with local area manufacturers and constructors. The pilot project connects economic and workforce development under the new "Workforce Aligned with Industry Demand" initiative at the Kansas Department of Commerce.

Training curriculum was developed under the guidance of area manufacturers, including Glassman Corp., Cross Manufacturing, CASHCO, Carrico Implement Co., Wellhead Systems and APAC. Graduates are prepared for an entry-level position with one of the companies and also are ready to earn an industry credential from the National Institute of Metalworking Skills. For a limited time, funding from Midwest Energy and Co-Bank is available for adults who qualify.

To enroll in the training, contact Mari Tucker at NCK Tech (785) 738-9051 or KANSASWORKS (785) 625-5654 at the Hays Workforce Center.