Chamber members learn about apprentice program


By Travis Mounts, TSnews

HAYSVILLE – Flagship Kansas.Tech coordinator Brenda Corbin was the featured speaker at last week’s Haysville Chamber of Commerce meeting, held at WSU Haysville.
Corbin said that Flagship Kansas Tech supports workforce training for the tech sector.
“Our focus is growing the tech sector in the middle of the United States,” Corbin said.
One way it does that is the registered apprenticeship program (RAP), which helps companies with turnover issues and with keeping current staff members trained. There are six approved programs that help companies with help desk technicians, IT specialists, computer support specialists, information security analysts, cybersecurity support techs, and cyber defense incident responders.
RAP also can help companies start training programs from scratch that are specific to their needs.
In addition, funds are available to help with training costs. That includes up to $5,300 as an employer incentive.
Chamber members also heard about the Workforce Alliance, which helps connect job seekers and employers as well as training for employees. Employers can find assistance for hiring, training and human resources.
In Chamber business:
• There are three open positions coming up on the Chamber of Commerce board of directors. Interested persons should contact director Tim Massey.
• The search is continuing for Massey’s successor. Massey will be retiring this spring.
• The annual Gold Star Banquet will be held on April 1. The banquet is one of the Chamber’s two major events each year, and money raised helps fund annual scholarships. This year’s theme is Pajama Party. Sponsors are needed for the event.
• The annual Friends of the Haysville Library ham and been dinner will be Saturday, starting at 1 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring a side dish. The event will take place at the Haysville Community Library.
• The second annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast will be held at 7 a.m. May 4, at the Haysville Community Center. A National Day of Prayer event will be held at noon the same day at the Haysville Police Department.
• The next Chamber of Commerce meeting will be on Feb. 16 at WSU Haysville.