Thursday, September 18, 2014

Job training coming to Ottawa

By KATE SHELTON, Herald Staff Writer | 8/4/2014

Residents looking for job training soon will have a new tool at their disposal.

KansasWorks, a job matching program, is set to arrive in Ottawa later this month, David Brennan, Heartland Works Inc. executive director, announced Friday at the First Friday Forum at Neosho County Community College, 900 E. Logan, Ottawa.

Residents looking for job training soon will have a new tool at their disposal.

KansasWorks, a job matching program, is set to arrive in Ottawa later this month, David Brennan, Heartland Works Inc. executive director, announced Friday at the First Friday Forum at Neosho County Community College, 900 E. Logan, Ottawa.

The new workforce center, which is to be housed starting Aug. 14 at Ottawa’s Neosho County Community College campus, is intended to help persons without jobs or those who have lost their positions get retrained or into a job training program, Brennan said. It also provides tuition assistance for people who meet certain requirements. KansasWorks also aims to help employers find future employees.

The program provides ways for workers to get in contact with future employers online or in person. For future employees, KansasWorks helps locate jobs, build resumes, develop interview strategies and post job openings in the Franklin County area. For employers, KansasWorks supplies labor market information, internet job postings, job fairs, as well as other services.

The center is set to be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every second and fourth Thursday of the month in the Learning Center at Neosho. The meetings could become more frequent if the community needs more help, Brennan said.

KansasWorks is a product of a partnership between the Kansas Department of Commerce, Heartland Works Inc., and Neosho County Community College in Ottawa.

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