Clean Slate Expungement Project

Clean Slate Day Expungement Project

A one-day opportunity to expunge criminal records at no cost for low income persons who are otherwise unable to pay expungement filing and attorney fees.

Date: Friday, March 4, 2016
Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Sedgwick County Courthouse
525 N. Main (Blue building, NW corner)
Fifth Floor
Wichita, KS 67202

*No appointment necessary*
Parking available in garage north of courthouse

Is your criminal record preventing you from changing your life, fulfilling your goals, and becoming economically stable?

You may be eligible for this free expungement day.

For more information click here and attend the Clean Slate Information Session at the Wichita Workforce Center on Thursday, Feb. 11 from 4pm – 5pm.

Clean Slate Day Info Flyer

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Amnesty Program for Drivers with Suspended Licenses

From Dec. 4 through Dec. 30, City of Wichita Municipal Court will offer amnesty to drivers who have had their licenses suspended for failure to pay a traffic ticket. Drivers can obtain a restricted license while they participate in the amnesty program, which allows them to make payments on traffic citations without the threat of arrest or additional fees being assessed.

The Amnesty Program is a partnership between the City of Wichita, the Kansas Division of Motor Vehicles, Workforce Alliance, and Sunflower Community Action.

Drivers with suspended licenses should visit the Municipal Court Clerk’s Office at 455 N. Main St. on the 2nd floor or call 268-4120 (line opens November 30). Amnesty will not be offered prior to Dec. 4 or after Dec. 30. For additional information, visit www.wichita.gov.

Amnesty Program Fact Sheet

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Soft Skills – Week 1: Effective Listening

One of the most important soft skills to master is the ability to listen effectively.

Definition:

Effective listening is the ability to understand and display interest in the information or topic being discussed. It can also include asking a question and providing feedback to show you understand.

Most of us believe we already know how to do this, but do we really? Studies have shown that that the average person listens at only about 25% efficiency1. So, if you want to master this soft skill, start paying attention to how well you listen. Here are some tips that might help:

  • Face the person you’re talking to and make good eye contact
  • Make sure your facial expression is appropriate and shows interest
  • Monitor your body language – relax!
  • Ask clarifying questions, don’t just assume you know
  • Paraphrase the speaker to clarify and show understanding
  • Display a positive attitude
  • Don’t interrupt and ignore distractions

Need more?  Here’s a great article by Forbes

10 Steps To Effective Listening

  1. Husman, R. C., Lahiff, J. M., & Penrose, J. M.  (1988). Business Communication: Strategies and skills.  Chicago: Dryden Press.
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