To boost efforts to fill the area’s skills gap, Johnson County Community College is upgrading its career and technical education programs and facilities.
And to kick things off, the college wants input from employers in the county to help determine how the new programs should look — their size, capacity, what needs to be taught and how to do it.
“Frequently I encounter employers who indicate it is difficult to find qualified employees to fill vacant positions in a variety of industries and occupations,” JCCC president Joe Sopcich said in a statement. “Employers often share that the local labor pool does not match the growing demand for jobs that require strong skills, proper training and certification, sufficient levels of education and previous work experience.”
The college hopes employers will share such information as workforce employment projections, types of skill shortages and the primary reasons applicants are not qualified.
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Forums with employers in specific industries, including automation, construction management, welding, auto technology, and electronics, will take place at the Overland Park college from Monday to Dec. 17. More information about other industry forums and dates will be at www.jccc.edu.