The Kansas Department of Commerce and the Kansas Board of Regents will invest $1.6 million in the Energy Network of Education and Training (EnergyNET), a system of Kansas public higher-education institutions collaborating to provide enhanced workforce training for the state's energy industry.
The network includes Fort Hays State University (FHSU), acting as the lead institution, along with additional public institutions that elect to join the network. FHSU will provide project management and coordination. Technical and community colleges will provide technical training for the energy sector.
The goal of EnergyNET is to enhance the ability of the Kansas public higher-education system in meeting the training needs of the renewable and traditional energy industries.
‘EnergyNet provides an opportunity for institutions in the Kansas public higher-education system to meet the workforce demands of the energy industry in a collaborative and innovative way,’ says Andy Tompkins, president and CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents.
FHSU, working with Regents and Commerce staff, will convene industry advisory committees, coordinate curriculum enhancements and identify industry credentials.
The $1.6 million investment comes from the federal American Reinvestment and Recovery Act and the federal Perkins funding stream.