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Three organizations partner in logistics training to fill workforce need


Three organizations partner in logistics training to fill workforce need

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – A pilot program combined the efforts of three area organizations to select and educate workers for the growing logistics industry, with the goal of placing them in employment within 30 days.

Johnson County Community College (JCCC), in partnership with the Kansas Department for Children and Families, Kansas City Region (DCF) and Workforce Partnership, trained a group of 10 DCF clients in distribution center operations and logistics during April 2014.

The Kansas City region is a natural fit for distribution center operations due to its central location and relative lack of highway congestion.

One intermodal site alone – the Logistics Park Kansas City in southeast Johnson County – expects to add thousands of new logistics-related jobs within the next several years, and other large intermodal facilities and distribution centers are opening and expanding throughout the area.

All of these sites need motivated workers skilled in the logistics industry.

“The candidates for this pilot program are motivated to work and look forward to providing for their families and becoming more self-reliant,” said Debby Helton, DCF employment services coordinator. 

The month-long “boot camp” facilitated by JCCC includes forklift certification, Certified Logistics Associate training, an OSHA 10-hour safety card and “soft skills” focusing on effective workplace interactions.

“They were immersed in the technical skills and soft skills needed to succeed in the 21st century,” said Tony Lacy, JCCC program director.

After the training program was completed, students participated in an interview fair with local employers, sponsored by Workforce Partnership.

Half of the candidates received job offers within the first week, and some candidates were placed in a six-week, on-the-job training program sponsored by Workforce Partnership.

“The pilot program focused on distribution centers in Johnson and Wyandotte counties, with plans to repeat the program and possibly expand to other occupations and counties in the future,” said Irene Brenon, Workforce Partnership project manager.

For more about future classes in logistics, contact Tony Lacy, JCCC program director, at (913) 469-8500 ext. 2460.