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Utility, bank establish training program

Published on -12/11/2013, 8:07 AM

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Midwest Energy and CoBank have established a $120,000 scholarship and career training project for people from Midwest Energy's service area interested in careers requiring technical training from community and technical colleges in central and western Kansas.

The pilot project, to be administered jointly by the Kansas Department of Commerce and the Kansas Economic Development Institute, will offer a one-stop connection for trainees interested in jobs requiring career and technical training, and the businesses in central and western Kansas looking to hire them. KANSASWORKS centers, local businesses and participating technical and community colleges will collaborate to identify trainee candidates, who then will participate in customized training programs designed by industry. Priority will be given to those seeking training for jobs in high-demand occupations, including HVAC, plumbing, welding, and construction and electrician trades.

The program is being made possible through a $100,000 grant from Denver-based CoBank, and a matching $20,000 grant from Midwest Energy.

For more information, contact Zoe Thompson at the Kansas Department of Commerce, (785) 296-0205, or e-mail zthompson@kansascommerce.com.

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