Workforce Aligned with Industry Demand (Workforce AID)

The Kansas Department of Commerce, in partnership with the Kansas Board of Regents, is implementing a pilot project to align workforce training and education with industry opportunities and demands. Workforce AID supports Governor Brownback’s strategic plan for economic development, keeping Kansas businesses competitive and promoting a more robust economy.

Within the Project 17 region, Commerce has partnered with Coffeyville Community College to provide a 6-week course called Fast Industry Ready Skills Training (CCC-FIRST).  The curriculum for the CCC-FIRST program was developed under the guidance of representatives from local industry.  Successful candidates of the CCC-FIRST program will learn soft skills (7 Habits of Highly Effective People); basic computer, English and math skills; and basic manufacturing skills through classroom lecture, field trips and hands-on activities.  Students will receive their National Institute of Manufacturing Skills (NIMS) Level 1 and OSHA 10 certifications upon successful completion of the training.  Regular, on-time attendance is mandatory.

In addition, Coffeyville Community College has partnered to provide a 6-week training program called WELD (Work-ready Engaged Leaders in Demand). Utilizing curriculum developed under the guidance of representatives from local industry, successful candidates of the WELD program learn soft skills (7 habits of Highly Effective People); basic computer, English and math skills; and basic welding skills through classroom lecture, field trips and hands-on activities.  Students receive their American Welders Society (AWS) – Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) Certification and their AWS-Fluxed Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) Certification and OSHA 10 certifications upon successful completion of the training.

Poor attendance in either program negatively impacts successful completion.  Pre-assessment tests and registration with KANSASWORKS is required before enrollment.

For more information, contact Yvonne Hull at Coffeyville Community College at 620-252-7550 or hull.yvonne@coffeyvlle.edu.

Neosho County Community College (NCCC) has partnered to provide an 8-week Workforce AID program as a cooperative effort with local industry and the Kansas Department of Commerce to train welders. Workforce AID training projects align workforce shortfalls with industry demand. Students who qualify through KANSASWORKS will receive a scholarship from the Department of Commerce to complete the program.

NCCC’s 8-week training includes welding safety, welding blueprint reading, and gas metal arc welding (MIG). Participants will learn communication and teamwork skills, adaptability, and employability skills; basic safety, measurements, blueprint reading; and MIG welding. Training will consist of classroom lecture, significant welding shop experience, field trips and hands-on activities. At course conclusion, participants will test for a D1.1 welding certification and OSHA 10 certification.

Participants will:  receive hands-on training for a good job that pays up to $16 per hour plus benefits; be prepared in just 8 weeks to step into entry-level jobs; earn 7 college credits toward completion of a Welding program Level I certificate and/or an Associate of Applied Science degree; obtain an opportunity to job shadow and learn what the welding manufacturing environment is really like; and meet the hiring managers of partner companies and see first-hand how to prepare for success at these companies.  Regular, on-time attendance is mandatory.  Pre-assessment tests and registration with KANSASWORKS is required before enrollment.

For more information contact Amy Smith at Neosho County Community College (620) 431-2820 ext. 205 or asmith@neosho.edu.