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State officials to visit Norton

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 industry in the state.

"The Brownback administration has launched an initiative to help ensure that Kansas businesses have a skilled, highly qualified workforce," said Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George. "This is an effort supported by industry leaders, workforce stakeholders and postsecondary education institutions across the state."

State officials, industry representatives and community leaders will come together in each city to promote the use of industry endorsed credentials especially in high demand occupations.

Businesses are encouraged to reward, request or recognize industry credentials to standardize the skills and talent workers bring to the labor market.

The tour is an extension of the Kansas Skills Summit led by Gov. Sam Brownback on Oct. 29 in Wichita.

The tour will feature George, Interim Labor Secretary Lana Gordon, Deputy Labor/Commerce Secretary Michael Copeland, and Kansas Board of Regents Vice President of Workforce Development Blake Flanders. Industry representatives from companies in the various communities also will participate and lend their leadership to this initiative.

In northwest Kansas, the tour will visit Natoma Corp., 16596 E. U.S. Highway 36, Norton, at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

The tour also will visit Salina, Hutchinson, Winfield, Pittsburg and Lenexa.