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Posted on: May 31, 2011

Kansas Career Pathways Summit set for June 1-2

More than 170 participants are set to take part in the “Keeping Kansas Competitive” Career Pathways Summit this week in Topeka. The summit will focus on successfully using the emerging strategy of “career pathways” as a tool for workforce development, as well as review what Kansas is currently undertaking around career pathways strategies and how they can be used to grow the Kansas economy.

WHAT: “Keeping Kansas Competitive” Career Pathways Summit. The summit will bring together policy makers, employers, and professional employment and training practitioners to address concerns and to create an action plan to expand and strengthen the career pathways strategy in Kansas. The event is sponsored by the Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas and the Kansas Department of Commerce.

WHEN/WHERE: June 1-2 in the Sunflower Room, Capitol Plaza Hotel, 1717 SW Topeka Blvd., Topeka, Kan. 66612. The first day’s session is scheduled from 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. The second day’s session is set for 7:30 a.m.-noon.

WHO: Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George will give the opening remarks on June 1, along with Jennifer McNelly, senior vice president, the Manufacturing Institute, the non-profit, non-partisan affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers. In addition, state and national workforce experts will participate in a variety of panel discussions.

MEDIA NOTES: Reporters are welcome to attend the general sessions and panel discussions and can RSVP to Dan Lara, public information officer, Department of Commerce, at (785) 296-3760 or

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