Education and Training Forum

KCMN January Meeting
Learn how the region’s educational institutions can help you build a stronger workforce

KCMN is kicking off the new year with an opportunity for you to learn about education and training programs designed for manufacturing employers, and give you an opportunity to provide input to the region’s educational institutions.  The meeting will feature speakers from 4 regional education providers, who will also include a manufacturer that has utilized each of their programs to talk about their experience and benefits.

 Educational Institutions and Speakers

  • Johnson County Community College, and Julie Brethauer, Human Resource Manager at Torotel
  • Kansas City Kansas Community College’s Technical Education Center, and Tom Goodpasture, CEO, Pride Manufacturing
  • Metropolitan Community College Business and Technology Campus, and Ben Boone, Supervisor, B3 Machine Shops and Flex-Pro Shop, ATK Small Caliber Systems, Lake City Ammunition Plant
  • Pittsburg State University Career Services/College of Technology, and Jason Grove, Vice President of Operations, Dimensional Innovations

January 10, 2012
7:30 – 9:15 AM
Hilton Garden Inn, 520 Minnesota, Kansas City Kansas


7:30 AM – Breakfast and sign in
7:40 AM – Presentations by educational providers, and case studies on how a manufacturer has utilized their program to improve their workforce
8:40-9:15 AM – Chance to meet one on one with representatives from the four educational institutions

Cost is $15 for members and $25 for guests. Guests may attend 2 meetings before having to join as a member.  Sign by January 6 by clicking here , or contact Donna Gordon at 816-304-7958.   Due to a need to cover costs, no shows will be billed.

 The Center for Business and Technology at Johnson County Community College is the center for all your training needs. The center provides training that spans nearly every functional area of a successful business. Our expansive array of programs and customized training sets us apart from the competition. In addition, our expert instructors and quality curriculum are unmatched in meeting the needs of Kansas City’s most successful individuals, businesses and organizations.

Kansas City Kansas Community College’s Technical Education Center (TEC) offers over 20 hands-on technical skill training programs during the day which lead to certificates and employment in office and computer technology, service and health occupations, or trade and industrial fields. Anyone wanting to improve his/her employment potential including college graduates, home makers, dislocated workers, high school seniors, those no longer in school, and senior citizens will receive the hands-on technical education that employers want. TEC curriculum is aligned with business and industry standards. Advanced students may participate in work-based learning experiences or internships. Leadership skills are also developed through opportunities with national student organizations.

Metropolitan Community College Business & Technology Campus is one of five Metropolitan Community College campuses. Located off Front Street and I-435 just northeast of downtown Kansas City, MCC-BTC is home to eight major technical programs. Manufacturing skills are taught in the campus’ Precision Machining, Engineering Technology (CADD and Prototyping), Welding, and Industrial Technology (Industrial Maintenance, Industrial Electrical, Instrumentation & Controls and Millwright) programs. The campus is discussing developing programs in Industrial Fabrication and Biomanufacturing. Students benefit from instructors with significant years of industry experience. The college is fully accredited, has multiple articulation agreements with baccalaureate and labor partners and a variety of financial aid and scholarship options.

Pittsburg State University is one of the premiere universities in the Midwest and home to four distinct colleges. Each of our colleges (College of Arts & Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, and College of Technology) is nationally known for the quality of its programs, faculty and students. Pittsburg State offers more than 150 academic programs for its 7200 students, and provides the opportunity to earn both an undergraduate and graduate degree. The College of Technology offers15 different program areas to students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree, and are designed (1) to prepare for employment in business and industry in managerial and supervisory positions; (2) to prepare for employment as technologists and technicians; (3) to prepare teachers and supervisors in vocational-technical education, technology education, and industrial training.