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Posted on: October 11, 2012

Kansas Skills Summit to focus on ways to provide businesses with highly qualified workforce

Gov. Sam Brownback will join state, industry and workforce leaders at the Kansas Skills Summit on Oct. 29 in Wichita as they look at ways to improve the competitive position of Kansas companies by providing a highly qualified workforce.

WHAT: The Kansas Skills Summit. The event will feature presentations from industry leaders and a roundtable discussion on the best ways to recruit and train a skilled workforce. The goal of the summit is to develop a system of industry-endorsed, third party credentials that can be used by Kansas businesses to standardize the skills and knowledge workers bring to the labor market.

WHEN/WHERE: 8 a.m.-noon, Monday, Oct. 29, at the National Center for Aviation Training (NCAT), 4004 N. Webb Road, Wichita, Kan. 67226

WHO: Besides Brownback and Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George, the event will feature:

• Jennifer McNelly, president, Manufacturing Institute, Washington, D.C.
• Blake Flanders, vice president of workforce development, Kansas Board of Regents, Topeka.
• David Coleal, senior vice president/general manager, Fuselage Segment, Spirit AeroSystems, Wichita.
• Ivan Crossland, CEO, Crossland Construction, Columbus, Kan.
• Kathy Howell, senior vice president and chief nurse executive, Saint Luke's Health System, Kansas City, Mo., and chairwoman, Kansas Postsecondary Technical Education Authority, Topeka.
• Roger Tadajewski, executive director, National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3), Kenosha, Wis.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: The summit is free to attend. To register, visit For more information, contact Diana Feldhausen with the Department, (785) 296-2994 or

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