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Learning & Career Center opening at Logistics Park Kansas City

EDGERTON, Kan. — As Logistics Park Kansas City (LPKC) continues to grow in Edgerton, so too does its workforce needs. To help fulfill the employment and training needs of current and future companies at LPKC, Johnson County Community College (JCCC) has joined with several partners to establish the Learning & Career Center at LPKC.

The center will begin offering classes in early November, providing training for the thousands of jobs expected to become available when LPKC is fully developed. Classes will include warehousing and logistics, OSHA compliant forklift training, personal development and workplace skills and a commercial truck-driving school. For more information regarding training, please call 913-469-3836 or visit www.jccc.edu/lpkc.

“When the logistics park is at full capacity, there will be a tremendous need for workers,” said Debbie Rulo, who is leading the learning center initiative for JCCC as director of Continuing Education. “The whole idea is to fulfill the gap for these businesses going in around the intermodal facility as well as to provide training to the surrounding communities.”

LPKC is a 1,500-acre master-planned distribution and warehouse development anchored by BNSF Railway’s newest state-of-the-art intermodal facility. It is being developed by NorthPoint Development, which is building the Learning & Career Center at no cost to JCCC or the other partners.

JCCC will provide direction, coordination and administrative support for the development and ongoing operations of the 5,000 square-foot training center. JCCC is designing the program around the current and future workforce, providing training and talent needs of companies at LPKC and in the surrounding area.

Other partners in the venture are the City of Edgerton, Workforce Partnership, BNSF Railway and the Southwest Johnson County Economic Development Corporation.

With a dedicated onsite staffing specialist at LPKC, Workforce Partnership will provide free employer services such as online job postings, job-seeker screening, recruiting and events (informational sessions and job fairs), assessments, subsidized work-based learning, labor market information, salary compensation analysis and job description development.

Several companies at LPKC have been involved with the formation of the training center and have expressed interest in using its services, including DEMDACO, Smart Warehousing, Kubota and Flexsteel.

Source: Johnson County Community College

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