REGIONAL EMPLOYERS HIRING 100 OR MORE THIS YEAR
Foot Locker Distribution Center - Junction City
Smithfield Packaged Meats - Junction City
Walmart - Manhattan & Junction City
Onyx Collection, Inc. - Belvue
RECENT EMPLOYER TRAINING - INTERNSHIP FOCUS
HR 101.07 - Secrets to Student Intern Success - Open to the Region!
December 3, 2019 at 11:45am at the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce
Guest Speaker - Dr. Kerri Keller, Executive Director, Kansas State University Career Center - Learn about proven strategies and best practices for creating win-win experiences with student interns. Find out what is essential if you are starting from scratch and what can help existing programs go from good to great.
Manhattan Community & Employer Tour!
Kansas Employment Exploration Program - (KEEP)
KEEP was designed to give transitioning Service Members the opportunity to visit communities and employers around the state of Kansas to see what employment opportunities are available for them and their family members. The program is sponsored by the SFL-TAP at Fort Riley, Kansas. Currently, transitioning soldiers have visited Emporia, Manhattan, Salina, and McPherson, Kansas. Future visits including Manhattan in November and Wichita in December.
RESTAURANT REIMAGINED AT MUNSON'S PRIME - SIMPLY BEAUTFUL - OCTOBER 2019
Restaurant Reimagined is showcasing a renewed vision of restaurant hospitality with a refreshed mentality of service.
Restaurant Reimagined was our first really big Region Reimagined event hosted in Junction City! It stemmed from our first Quality of Place discussion in Junction City, as quality of service and first impressions seemed like something we could have a major impact on for our region. Theresa Bramlage, as a Tri-Chair of Quality of Place,…
K-STATE ALL UNIVERSITY CAREER FAIR - REPRESENTING 62 REGIONAL BUSINESSES
Sixty-two chamber member businesses were represented from throughout the region on September 25, 2019 at the K-State All University Career Fair!
A total of 1,100 students passed through Bramlage Coliseum on day two of a three-day fair--with hundreds interested in staying in our region. The Manhattan, Wamego and Junction City Chambers coordinated efforts to share information about applied learning opportunities both through job shadowing and internships, as well as, part-time and full-time employment. A total of 380 vendors were present.
Thank you Manhattan, Wamego & Junction City Chambers for the work you do for our region!
Veterans Appreciation Day & Opportunities to Pitch Your Business to Soldiers
Upcoming Events to Meet With Soldiers
- October 7th
- November 4th
- December 2nd
Schedule Exclusive Event to Pitch Your Business Opportunities
Contact Kevin Walker at 785-239-3946
ADVISE PROGRAM GOES REGIONAL!
The ADVISE Program is now a regional program!
ADVISE connects transitioning members of the military to business professional ADVISORS and their community networks throughout Riley County, Geary County and Pottawatomie County. ADVISE serves as a connector--creating a chance for soldiers to get to know members of the business community through attending five chamber events over a six month period, participate in job shadowing at the advisor's place of business and more. Sign-up today to serve as an ADVISOR by contacting your local Chamber! LEARN MORE...
2019 - 2020 Classroom-to-Career Program Kick-Off!
K-State and Wichita State University Partner to Bring BS Nursing Program to Our Region!
Kansas State University enters MOU with Wichita State University to start planning process for a new WSU Satellite BS Nursing Program on K-State Campus.
The current shortage of registered nurses in Kansas and the nation is expected to increase in the next decade, and the Institute of Medicine recommends that 80 percent of registered nurses, or RNs, obtain a Bachelor of Science in nursing, or BSN, by 2020. In response to these concerns, Wichita State University and Kansas State University have combined resources and started the planning phase of a program that will give students the opportunity to earn both a Bachelor of Science from the College of Health and Human Sciences at K-State, and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the College of Health Professions, or CHP, at WSU. Both degree programs will be based in Manhattan. A memorandum of understanding was signed by administrators of each university on Aug. 30 to officially initiate the planning phase, which will culminate in an application to the Kansas State Board of Nursing for the satellite program.
Through a collaborative and integrated process, recruit and retain talent throughout the region to support industry demands and strengthen our economic diversity and sustainability.
Strategies related to Talent Sustainability are being worked on throughout the region in a variety of ways including through Region Reimagined Work Groups, including Talent Attraction & Retention, Quality of Place, and Built Environment, as well as, through several other entities and committees throughout the region.
2.1. ENHANCE THE CAPACITY OF THE REGION'S PRE-K TO 20 EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS.
2.2. INCREASE THE NUMBER OF RECENT GRADUATES CHOOSING TO REMAIN IN THE REGION TO LIVE AND WORK.
2.3. WORK TO ENSURE THAT FORT RILEY SOLDIERS AND THEIR FAMILIES BECOME PERMANENT RESIDENTS WITHIN THE REGION UPON LEAVING THE MILITARY.
2.4. PARTNER ON EFFORTS TO IMPROVE LOCAL HEALTH OUTCOMES & DEVELOP MEDICAL EDUCATION CAPACITY IN THE REGION.
2.5. IMPROVE THE ATTRACTION OF TALENT TO THE REGION.
TALENT - A KEY STRATEGY
With very low unemployment and net negative domestic migration into the region, the need to maximize the impact of incumbent workforce, effectively retain K-State graduates and transitioning soldiers, and generate additional awareness and interest in the region as a talent destination are key strategies. The region considers its education and training institutions as a programmatic continuum from early childhood to adult learners. This will not only ensure effective transitions from campus to campus but also serve as a vital talent retention tool as students at all levels are prepared for locally available jobs.
In demand talent has never been more mobile, which means our region must remain competitive by providing certain community amenities sought by these professionals, while at the same time maintain our unique identity, while providing options in neighborhoods & housing types, recreational amenities, public spaces, and improving health outcomes and other elements of quality of life and place.
- External Awareness
- Business Retention & Expansion
- Growth of Supportive Infrastructure
- Enhance Capacity of Pre-K to 20 Educational Institutions
- Retention of Graduates to Region
- Integrate Soldiers into Community
- Improve Health Outcomes & Develop Medical Education Capacity
- Improve Attraction of Talent to Region
- Suitable Housing
- Quality of Place
- Grow and Diversify the Innovation Ecosystem
- Enhance Support for Entrepreneurs of All Ages