Skilled Workforce and Education
Midwestern values beat in the “Heart of America.” Honest, generous and hard-working, Kansas workers are a driving factor in the expansion of our state’s economy. With outstanding schools and good partnerships between industry and education, Kansas businesses have access to a workforce that is prepared to meet the needs of companies in a highly competitive global economy. Though much of the state’s population is concentrated in metropolitan areas, firms locating in any region of the state will find motivated and skilled workers ready to put their talent to work.
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High Quality Education
The state’s education system is a powerful factor contributing to the success of Kansas businesses. Kansas has a long history of investing in the education of our youth to provide a quality workforce for the jobs created by firms choosing to do business in this state.
Both the public high school graduation rate and the percentage of the population with a bachelor’s degree are above the national average. Kansas offers outstanding options for higher education, including six state universities, one municipal university and 26 community and technical colleges. We invest in Kansas businesses by ensuring excellence in education and opportunity for all.
Never before has postsecondary workforce development been more important. Kansas technical and community colleges provide the skills necessary for today’s businesses. Technical and community colleges focus efforts and resources to prepare workers for careers in Kansas’ highest-priority fields, including health care, advanced manufacturing/aviation, energy, biosciences and value-added agriculture.
The Kansas Postsecondary Technical Education Authority, a group of appointed business leaders, has been charged with aligning technical education more closely with business needs. Technical programs are responding with training which leads to industry credentials selected by business members.
Kansas higher education is adapting with the changing market needs. From the traditional four-year university to community colleges to technical schools, Kansas can provide a workforce for every industry.
- University of Kansas
- Kansas State University
- Wichita State University
- Pittsburg State University
- Emporia State University
- Fort Hays State University
- Washburn University
- Johnson County Community College
- Kansas City Kansas Community College
- Colby Community College
- Garden City Community College
- Seward County Community College/Area Technical School
- Dodge City Community College
- Barton County Community College
- Pratt Community College
- Hutchinson Community College
- Butler Community College
- Cowley County Community College
- Coffeyville Community College
- Independence Community College
- Labette County Community College
- Neosho County Community College
- Allen Community College
- Fort Scott Community College
- Highland Community College
- Cloud County Community College