DODGE CITY LAUNCHES REGISTERED APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM
The Dodge City/Ford County Development Corporation is excited to announce that we are partnering
with the Kansas Office of Apprenticeship in a pilot to become an Apprenticeship Intermediary.
Partnering with the Kansas Office of Apprenticeship and the Kansas Department of Commerce, we will
be able to develop systems that support registered apprenticeship programs and develop training
opportunities for employers and their skilled workers to help grow the Kansas workforce. As the
intermediary the Development Corporation will work with The Kansas Office of Apprenticeship to create
apprentices, trainings, and other opportunities for businesses to recruit and retain employees.
The purpose of Registered Apprenticeships is to develop an employer-driven program model that
combines on-the-job learning with related technical instruction that increases an apprentices' skill level
and wages in both traditional and non-traditional industries. The Registered Apprenticeship system
effectively meets the needs of both employers and workers. It is a flexible training system that can be
customized to meet the needs of every business. Joann Knight, Executive Director of the Dodge
City/Ford County Development Corporation stated, “Our Board of Directors and Staff are committed to
making a positive impact on the workforce challenges of our businesses. Through the creation of the
Dodge City Has Jobs website, the Rural Education and Workforce Alliance and the now the partnership
with the Kansas Office of Apprenticeship, we are poised to help our businesses meet their workforce
This program is used to grow apprenticeship opportunities for under-served populations, youth, new
hires, and incumbent workers. Employer participation is the main factor in having a successful
Every apprentice that finishes the program receives a nationally recognized credential, referred to as a
certificate of completion. This portable credential signifies that the Registered Apprentice is fully
qualified to successfully perform an occupation. Apprentices are also finishing the program with an
established relationship with the business to hopefully earn full time employment.
The Registered Apprenticeship program is an opportunity to invest in individuals that are missing a skill
set and train them to be a skilled worker. Employers are getting the opportunity to grow their own
workforce. “Partnering with Dodge City Economic Development is exciting by itself! Having them
become an intermediary to grow Registered Apprenticeship in construction, healthcare, IT,
manufacturing and the most important industries that support growth in Dodge City is fantastic! I am
thrilled to see their partnerships and workforce grow!” Shonda Atwater, Director of Apprenticeship, and
If you are interested in more information, you can attend the National Apprenticeship Summit on
November 17 th ( link below) or please contact Kyla Keller at 620-371-3866 or firstname.lastname@example.org.