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City Hall
701 N. 7th Street
9th Floor
Phone: 913-573-5040

Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

 

 

Education/Workforce Development

Goal:

Maintain a collaborative working relationship with the various educational
institutions and the business community to maximize community resources
and enhance learning, college readiness, and career pathway opportunities
in our community:

I.

Short Term

 

A.   Develop internship, mentoring and shadowing opportunities for high school
       and community college students.

 

B.   Implement community-wide internship, mentoring and job-shadowing programs
       with all educational institutions, area businesses, and business organizations.

 

C.   Develop an incentive-based economic development policy that rewards and
       recognizes businesses that offer these programs and a "comeback" policy. 

 

D.   Partner with educational institutions to highlight public sector career  
       opportunities.

  E.   Establish an educational advisory board with representation from each
       educational institution to monitor the outcomes and effectiveness of
       internship, mentoring and job-shadowing programs. 
  F.    Work with stakeholders to improve marketing of community educational and
        training resources and opportunities.

II.

Long Term

 

A.   Develop long-term partnerships with educational institutions. 

 

B.   Encourage educational institutions to develop curriculum and certification
       programs that meet the demands of the marketplace, and allow students
       to earn credits for participation in internships.

 

C.   Encourage community colleges to offer pro-rated tuition rates to students
       based on their work experience as it relates to the course, certification,
       or degree they are pursuing.

  D.   Develop agreements with educational institutions for use of school facilities
       outside the normal school year; i.e., auditoriums, swimming pools, ball fields,
       etc.
  E.   Coordinate capital improvement projects with educational institutions to
       leverage capital expenditures; i.e., paving, facility maintenance, and certain
       service contracts.  
  F.    Organize with educational institutions to implement a Unified Government
        event, recognizing student academic, civic, and athletic achievement.

 



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