State Commerce, Labor and Board of Regents officials will tour state to promote building a qualified workforce through industry credentials

Kansas City, MO - December, 2012 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 post-secondary 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. WHAT/WHO: The Kansas Skills Tour, featuring Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat 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.

WHEN/WHERE: The tour will be in Kansas City on Wednesday, December 12th. A special signing ceremony will be held at 9:00am in Lenexa as local businesses pledge their support of the Governor's initiative.

9 a.m., Lenexa – Trane, 8014 Flint, Lenexa, Kan. 66214 (large training room).

MEDIA NOTES: Reporters are asked to RSVP to Dan Lara, public information officer, at dlara@kansascommerce.com, (785) 296-3760, or Matt Keith, communications assistant, at mkeith@kansascommerce.com or (785) 296-4931.

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