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Governor Kelly Announces More than $8M to be Invested in Digital Opportunities Governor Laura Kelly announced today that Kansas is receiving $8.2 million to begin implementing the Kansas Digital Equity (DE) Plan, which recently received federal approval. This announcement solidifies the state’s commitment to transform the landscape of high-speed internet connectivity and digital opportunity across Kansas. Nominations Open for 2024 Minority, Women Enterprise Development Awards Today Lieutenant Governor and Department of Commerce Secretary David Toland announced a call for nominations for the 2024 Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Awards. These annual awards are one way the agency acknowledges and observes the growing impact that minority- and women-led companies have on their communities and the Kansas economy. Governor Kelly Announces KMW to Invest $105M in Sterling, Create 251 New Jobs in Kansas Governor Laura Kelly today announced that KMW, a precision manufacturer of agricultural front loaders, backhoes, and other attachments, will invest $105 million to construct a new North American headquarters and state-of-the-art production facility in Sterling. The venture will create 251 new jobs, resulting in a local workforce of 485. Commerce Celebrates National Community Development Week The Kansas Department of Commerce is joining other organizations and communities across the state in commemorating National Community Development Week. The annual event, which this year is April 1-5, shines a spotlight on the transformative impact of community development initiatives and collaborative efforts that drive positive local change.  View All

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Kansas Training and Retention Aligned with Industry Need (KTRAIN)

To close the skills gap in Kansas through demand-driven, employer-led partnerships aligned with dynamic business needs that help to build scalable, sustainable pipelines of talent.
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Program Overview

KTRAIN partners with employers and educators to develop demand-driven training and talent management solutions that address critical workforce needs. Employers play an expanded leadership role in collaborative efforts with education and workforce professionals to align talent strategies with demand and train critical skills. As a result, unemployed and underemployed workers gain enhanced critical skills necessary for success in high-demand, high-wage careers in Kansas. KTRAIN projects focus on critical needs in high-wage, high-demand positions. Approved programs are reimbursed at 50% of training cost, and must result in a living wage that meets or exceeds county median wage (all thresholds are based on most recent Kansas Department of Labor statistics). 

Industry demand for skilled workers in Kansas is significant, and the skills gap faced by many Kansas employers requires new, creative solutions to overcome the challenges and create a pipeline of qualified employees. In partnership with the Kansas Board of Regents, the Kansas Department of Commerce developed KTRAIN to address the skills gap currently challenging companies across the state.

Designed for mutual success

Businesses lead the selection process, identifying candidates who meet their needs and requirements, and then extend contingent offers to the candidates selected. Potential employees can learn about a company, its culture, and opportunities before accepting a contingent offer and beginning training. This leads to an overall reduction in training and recruitment costs, as well as increased retention of employees hired through the process.

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