Kansas Skills Summit – Wichita, KS – October 29, 2012

Kansas Skills Summit

October 29, 2012
8:30 a.m. – Noon
National Center For Aviation Training
Wichita, KS

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Purpose – Support economic vitality for the state and individuals and improve the competitive position of Kansas’ companies by providing a highly qualified workforce.

Deliverable – A system of industry-endorsed, third party credentials used by Kansas businesses to standardize the skills and knowledge workers bring to the labor marketplace. The system is offered through a network of secondary education, postsecondary education, the public workforce system and Department for Children and Families and serves to “lean up” the human resources processes for companies saving them time and money. To make the system work, it is essential that businesses understand the importance of the credentials and how to use them in their hiring process.

8:00 Registration

8:30 Welcome and Introductory Remarks

8:45 – 10:15 Presentations from Industry Leaders:

National Association of Manufacturers –Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System Jennifer McNelly, President, Manufacturing Institute

The NAM-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System is an industry driven system to produce a high-performance manufacturing workforce. The system supports established national standards to define skills and competencies required in the workplace and industry credentials to document a talented and qualified workforce. Employers can benefit from this alignment of educational programming that ensures individuals have the core academic, technical and workplace competencies to be hired.

Announcements of TAACCT and Manufacturing Works

The National Career Readiness Certificate, ACT, Inc.: Invited
The National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is a credential issued to individuals who possess essential skills that are directly related to work. The certificate measures foundational skills including applied mathematics and measurement, problem solving, applied technology and reading for information. Congressman Wamp will share a successful state model using WorkKeys assessments and the NCRC to create a return on investment for businesses.

State Perspective – Developing a Highly Skilled Workforce
Secretary Pat George, Kansas Department of Commerce
Over the past several years Kansas business leaders have told us how important a highly skilled workforce is when it comes to retaining or recruiting their company. Learn what the state is doing to ensure companies have the employees necessary to maintain a competitive advantage. From developing basic skills to promoting career and technical education we are positioning Kansas to be a leader in developing career pathways.

State Perspective – Industry Credentials and Skills in Support of the Kansas Economy
Blake Flanders, Ph.D., Vice President of Workforce Development, Kansas Board of Regents

The Kansas Postsecondary Technical Education Authority, working with the Board of Regents, has set forth a set of strategic priorities and deliverables to enhance technical education in support of the Kansas economy. Promotion and implementation of industry credentials has been enhanced through collaboration with Governor Sam Brownback, the Department of Commerce workforce services division, and the Kansas Department of Education. Dr. Flanders will provide a summary of progress on industry credentials and next steps.

10:15 Break

10:30 Roundtable Discussion w/Industry – Moderated by Governor Brownback

Spirit Aerosystems – David Coleal, Senior Vice President/General Manager, Fuselage Segment
Crossland Construction – Ivan Crossland, Chief Executive Officer
Kathy Howell, Senior Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive for Saint Luke’s Health System and Chair, Kansas Postsecondary Technical Education Authority
National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) – Roger Tadajewski, Executive Director

12:00 Event concludes