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by Kelly Rogge

Kansas City Kansas Community College is inviting the community to “connect” through the college’s new Entrepreneurship Certificate of Completion.

Partnering with the Kauffman Foundation and the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative, KCKCC is offering the new for-credit Entrepreneurship Certificate of Completion utilizing curriculum from Kauffman’s FastTrac Planning the Entrepreneurial Venture and Ice House -The Entrepreneurial Mindset.

“A partnership with the Kauffman Foundation is important because when it comes to entrepreneurship and education, the foundation is noted throughout the world,” said Marvin Hunt, dean of Business and Continuing Education at KCKCC. “They just happen to be in Kansas City. The college will benefit through this partnership by participating in their programming, such as their Million Cups events, using their FastTrac curriculum and other supports.”

This kickoff event is from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Aug. 5 in the Upper Level of the Jewell Student Center on the KCKCC campus, 7250 State Ave.

Representatives from the Kauffman Foundation and the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative will be on hand to discuss their innovative entrepreneurial programs. In addition, Kauffman FastTrac graduates will be available to share their experiences and entrepreneurial pathways toward success and local entrepreneurs will be available to talk with those who are interested on an individual basis.

“The Kauffman Foundation has been a key driver in the development and implementation of entrepreneurship training and research for over 20 years,” said Karen Gaines, coordinator of the marketing program and instructor of business courses at KCKCC. “The foundation has wanted our school to be involved with their programming, especially with them being in our backyard. The timing is right and to be a part of this network of institutions offering their quality programming is a benefit to the school.”

Hunt said KCKCC has had a long-standing partnership with the Kauffman Foundation through several events including the annual Innovation Summit, in which their leadership has provided keynote addresses. He said as KCKCC learned more about their academic programming, using their curriculum seemed like a natural fit.

“It is quite significant that KCKCC was invited, by Kauffman, to be a part of the Slingshot Network, which is a national network of the most entrepreneurial community colleges in the United States,” he said. “High quality education is key. It will be important for KCKCC students to learn about entrepreneurship by using the highest quality and most current curriculum. Our affiliation in the Slingshot Network also brings recognition to KCKCC as a progressive and entrepreneurially-minded community college. President (Doris) Givens always states that Kansas City Kansas Community College is the most progressive, forward thinking, forward moving, entrepreneurial community college in the entire state of Kansas. Success begets success. We have been successful in gaining a reputation in entrepreneurship, but I am not satisfied stopping there. We need to better engage students in entrepreneurship and help our community grow new entrepreneurs at a faster rate. This builds wealth in the community and for individuals.”

For information about the Entrepreneurship Certificate of Completion or the kickoff event, contact Gaines at kgaines@kckcc.edu.

Kelly Rogge is the public information supervisor at Kansas City Kansas Community College.

Students listened during a computer camp at Kansas City Kansas Community College. (KCKCC photo)


by Kelly Rogge

Kansas City Kansas Community College celebrated the hard work of students in the Computer Technician Basic Skills Camp with a graduation and recognition ceremony July 24.

The goal of the three-week computer camp is to give young adults the opportunity to improve their technical skills, while also getting a taste of what it is like to be in a college environment. Students attended classes five days a week, working with different instructors in the areas of computer skills and programming. Courses focused on everything from learning the basics of computer hardware and software and troubleshooting to business writing skills and how to behave in the workplace. In addition, students learned about job readiness skills such as resume building and interviewing, helping them to be prepared to enter the workforce. The program utilized the A+ computer curriculum.

The camp was sponsored by KCKCC and Johnson County Community College and was open to all youth from Wyandotte, Leavenworth and Johnson counties.

“We are preparing these youth for today, teaching them abilities that will help prepare them for a path leading to a brighter future,” said Nancy McNealey, youth program manager with Workforce Partnership in Kansas City, Kan. “We want to help them be prepared to find jobs and provide them with the opportunity to learn about these technical skills.”

During the camp, students helped to prepare computers for three nonprofit agencies – Catholic Charities, the United Way of Wyandotte County and Connecting for Good. These agencies were chosen through a Request for Proposal process in which the students helped to facilitate. In addition, students had the opportunity to attend a two-day Digital Storytelling Class. During the class, students made short videos using a variety of animation techniques including Stop Motion and Claymation, among others.

“One of the big parts of this camp is philanthropy– giving back to the community,” said Jennifer Winchester, program director at JCCC. “If you don’t learn how to give back, you will not get anything.”

Brian Bode, vice president of student and administration services at KCKCC, said students in the Computer Technician Basic Skills Camp have a “sense of accomplishment” for completing the camp.

“I hope they learned something about team learning, using the strengths of other people to accomplish a goal. I hope they understand now, what it means to be a part of a team,” he said. “I hope they enjoyed being in a college setting and learning some serious skills that they can use down the road. When they want to use them, these skills will come to their aid.”

For more information about the Computer Technician Basic Skills Camp, contact Marisa Gray, business development liaison for Workforce Development at KCKCC at mcgray@kckcc.edu or by calling 913-288-7284.

Kelly Rogge is the public information supervisor at Kansas City Kansas Community College.

Marisa Gray, business development liaison for Workforce Development at KCKCC, talked with students, parents and faculty at the Computer Technician Basic Skills Camp graduation July 25 on the KCKCC campus. (KCKCC photo)

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Cerner Corp., one of the leading companies in health care information technology, has partnered with RSI (Rainbow Services Inc.), a crisis stabilization center, as a test site for Cerner’s behavioral health electronic medical record.

RSI is a subsidiary of Wyandot Center, an agency of the Wyandot Inc. family of organizations. RSI, located at 36th and Rainbow Boulevard, Kansas City, Kan., provides a 24/7 sobering unit, crisis observation unit and a crisis stabilization unit for persons experiencing mental health or substance abuse crises.

Karen Suddath, chief operations officer, Wyandot Inc., said that the organization transitioned to Cerner Community Behavioral Health as its new electronic medical record for mental health services in 2013. RSI opened in April 2014. Based on RSI’s need for a 24/7 behavioral health IT solution, Cerner agreed to contribute software, licensing, and upgrades to this major initiative.

“This important partnership allows Wyandot-RSI and Cerner to learn from the crisis center IT experience to better understand, develop and test information management tools, which will ultimately help Wyandot deliver care to those struggling to access the assistance they need,” said Melinda Wagner, general manager of behavioral health at Cerner.

- Story from Therese Horvat, director of communications, Wyandot Inc.

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