Work Ready Employer Lunch Sept. 24

Employer Luncheon to Educate and Celebrate Bourbon County as a WorkReady Community
What:  The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce announces invites local employers to a Luncheon on WorkKeys and Bourbon County becoming a WorkReady Community this coming Tuesday, September 24th from 11:30am to 1pm at FSCC in Burris Hall. Lunch will be complimentary, provided by Fort Scott Community College.
RSVP’s are requested for the luncheon by noon Monday 9/23 by clicking here.
Who:  This luncheon and WorkReady initiative are applicable to employers of any size and any type of business!
Why: The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce has been leading Bourbon County to become a WorkReady Community, as one strategy to close the gap on workforce needs of local employers and align those needs with students and traditional job seekers. This effort is in partnership with local employers, school districts, FSCC, Bourbon County and others who recently supported a local team to attend the required WorkReady Boot Camp as part of the certification process. The timing is now for us to become WorkReady as Kansas state-wide passed last year for for all high school juniors to take the WorkKeys test and earn a WorkReady Certificate. Part of our mission is now to educate employers on what the certificate and scoring means and how employers can implement recognizing the WorkReady Certificate into their hiring practices. Adults may also take the WorkKeys test and we want to increase awareness of the availability of that testing to the benefit of employers.
Where: The luncheon will be held at FSCC, 2108 S. Horton in Burris Hall, on the back side of the campus just north of Arnold Arena.
How:  What is the plan to educate employers on the initiative? A team of 9 from FS/BB County attended the Boot Camp in August to become educated on the program. At the luncheon on Tuesday, remarks will be made by USD-234, FSCC, KANSASWORKS and the Chamber. Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop, if available, in case they would like to access any of the WorkReady information during the luncheon.
Now that Bourbon County’s application has been approved and a team has attended the required Boot Camp, this event will also be the “Go Public, Get Lit” event to officially be reflected as a WorkReady Community on the WorkReady website and for our county dashboard to become live. There is a plethora of information and resources about the program on that website, including recorded podcasts by clicking here.
Please RSVP for the luncheon, we hope to see you there! If you are not able to attend and another representative of your company would like to,
please forward this information to them or invite them to come with you.
The Chamber would like to recognize and thank the following businesses/organizations who sponsored the WorkReady Boot Camp:
Bourbon County
Fort Scott Community College
Niece Products
Peerless Products
Ward/Kraft, Inc.
Special thanks to Fort Scott Community College for sponsoring this Employer Luncheon!
WorkReady Boot Camp Attendees pictured below include (L to R):
Front: Dawn Parker (Dairy Queen), Lindsay Madison (Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce), Cathy Bishop (Niece Products), Jody Hoener (Bourbon County)
Back: Ralph Beacham (FSCC), Frank Adamson (Courtland Hotel & Spa), Josh Messer (FSHS Counselor), Sara Lancaster (Cobalt MedPlans), Ted Hessong (FSHS Superintendent)

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