The Energy Network of Education and Training, formally known as EnergyNET, has developed a new brand look and will now go by the name "KANSASEnergyWORKS." The new name of the state system -- which provides postsecondary education to facilitate workforce development in the energy industry -- better defines and illustrates system services.
"This is an industry with a growing workforce demand in Kansas, and 'KANSASEnergyWORKS' more aptly describes what the program is all about," said Mike Michaelis, director. "The purpose of KANSASEnergyWORKS is to prepare a qualified workforce for the Kansas energy sector. It will ensure Kansans obtain the necessary training and education for a career in the energy industry with a nod to specifically meeting the growing demands of the wind, electrical, underground technology, heavy equipment operation and power plant sectors."
KANSASEnergyWORKS was established in 2010 through a grant co-sponsored by the Kansas Board of Regents and the Kansas Department of Commerce to create a collaborative higher-education network addressing the educational and workforce needs of the energy industry in Kansas. Fort Hays State University is the lead institution. Most of the educational components of the program will be available online to students across the state for the fall 2013 academic session.
The new brand look will be promoted in the same brand family as KANSASWORKS, building on that brand equity. The website will be integrated into the KANSASWORKS site, ensuring that Kansans interested in energy careers have access to flexible education programs -- and to high-demand, high-skill and high-wage jobs.
When completed, the KANSASWORKS.com/Energy website will feature links to complete energy programs offered at five community and technical colleges in Kansas. Current educational programs include: Commercial Driver's License, Heavy Equipment Operation and Underground Technology at North Central Kansas Technical College; Power Plant Technology at Flint Hills Technical College; Wind Energy Technology at Cloud County Community College; Electric Power and Distribution at Manhattan Area Technical College; and Electrical Power Technology at Pratt Community College. Additionally, partner colleges will offer the introductory energy coursework.
For more information, call Mike Michaelis at 785-628-4620.