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Evergy Connect, a new facility near downtown Wichita operated by the state's largest electricity provider, aims to help customers who might be going through a challenging time — or might just prefer face-to-face interaction — while providing other services for the community.
Advocates looking to solve Wichita's child-care crisis convened a small group of local employers Wednesday to identify the needs of working parents and explore possible solutions.

The message from employers was clear — child care is a workforce issue for their companies, and they're willing to help solve it.
The Greater Wichita Partnership, alongside the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce, Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas and the Wichita Independent Business Association invite business and community leaders to join us for a "Fentanyl Crisis: The Business Impact" webinar with the Wichita Metro Crime Commission.
The Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas was named one of the recipients of the 2023 Leadership Transformation Grants.
Keith Lawing was interviewed on KSN News in regard to the increase for aviation workers in the greater Wichita Area

The interview can be viewed at: https://www.ksn.com/news/local/aviation-jobs-on-the-rise-in-strong-aviation-job-market-in-ict/
One of the most challenging issues impacting both employers and job seekers is access to child care. Over the next few weeks the WA and Child Start hope to meet with business groups, employer associations, and individual companies to discuss available steps to grow the workforce and connect talented job seekers to good jobs. A starting point is the recent expansion of the Childcare Tax Credit in the State of Kansas.
A statewide technology conference next month in Wichita is swinging for the fences.

The Ad Astra Technology Summit, being hosted by FlagshipKansas.tech, is slated for Sept. 12 — with organizers promising a daylong event intentionally designed to educate, inspire and impress.
(WICHITA, KS) The Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas, USD 259, Wichita State University, and WSU Tech are celebrating the launch of an exciting project with Roadtrip Nation (RTN) designed to engage high school students and job seekers in exploring their career journey with area business leaders, in addition to learning about the variety of jobs, education, and skills training resources in South Central Kansas.
The Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas, Youth Employment Project (YEP), will host the 2022 Manufacturing Interview Day on Saturday, April 9, 2022, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Future Ready Center, 1437 N Rochester. More than 150 summer internship positions will be available for teens ages 16-19.
The WA released its biannual training report and there are currently 830 persons enrolled in education and supported by over $2.6 million in skills training funds from eight different projects that operate from the Workforce Centers in South Central Kansas. Many of these people in education and training were impacted by lay-offs from the Boeing 737 production pause, or from job loss due to COVID.
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