KCK job fair Tuesday to help unemployed persons

A job fair Tuesday will address unemployment in Wyandotte County, which is the highest in the state of Kansas. The free job fair will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the Reardon Convention Center, 520 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kan.

Sponsored by the Unified Government and several other businesses and agencies, the job fair will designate the first hour for veterans only.

The job fair is free and open to the public. There also is no charge for parking in the lot across the street from the convention center. At least 75 booths are expected to be at the job fair.

The Hilton Garden Inn, Kansas City Kansas Community College and Technical Education Center, Unified Government of Wyandotte County, KansasWorks and Workforce Partnership are among the sponsors of the event.

Those attending the job fair are asked to dress for a job interview, and also to bring resumes. For more details on the job fair, visit an earlier story at http://wyandottedaily.com/job-fair-planned-sept-23/.

One of the businesses that will have a booth at the job fair is AT&T, which is looking for technicians. That position offers health insurance, tuition reimbursement and 401k plans. For more information on that job, visit http://connect.att.jobs/kansas/technician.

Wyandotte County has the highest unemployment rate of all Kansas counties, according to figures from the Kansas Department of Labor, and Kansas City, Kan., has the highest rate for all large cities in Kansas. The unemployment rate has declined in the last month.

The Wyandotte County unemployment rate was reported at 7.5 percent for August of this year, as compared to 8.7 percent in July and 9.1 percent in August 2013, according to the Kansas Department of Labor.

Statewide, the unemployment rate was 4.9 percent.

Kansas, Missouri organizations receive mental health grants

by KHI News Service

Washington, D.C. — Academic institutions and educational organizations in Kansas and Missouri were awarded federal grants of more than $1.2 million to train mental health providers and expand community efforts, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday.

The grants were among $99 million disbursed by HHS under the Obama administration’s “Now Is the Time” plan aimed at reducing gun violence, increasing access to mental health services and making schools safer, according to a department news release.

“The Administration is committed to increasing access to mental health services to protect the health of children and communities,” HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell said in a statement. “Today, I am pleased to announce another step the Department is taking to help ensure that our young people have access to the mental health services they need to reach their full potential.”

Awards to educate and train mental health professionals include:

• University of Kansas Center for Research in Lawrence, $242,857.
• University of Missouri-Kansas City, $132,924.
• University of Missouri-St. Louis, $312,807.
• Saint Louis University, $77,681.
• Washington University in St. Louis, $146,143.
• Junior College District of Metropolitan Kansas City, Mo., $299,712.
Local educational agency grants for Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education) include:
• Southeast Kansas Education Service Center, Girard, $97,884.
• Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools, $99,960.

The KHI News Service is an editorially independent initiative of the Kansas Health Institute. It is supported in part by a variety of underwriters. The News Service is committed to timely, objective and in-depth coverage of health issues and the policy-making environment. All News Service stories and photos may be republished at no cost with proper attribution, including a link back to KHI.org when a story is reposted online. More about the News Service at khi.org/newsservice or contact 785-233-5443.
www.khi.org