KCKCC to hold ‘Get Hired – Kansas City’ Career Expo

by Kelly Rogge, KCKCC

Looking for a job? Want to change careers? Then mark your calendars for Kansas City Kansas Community College’s 2019 “Get Hired-Kansas City” Career Expo.

The expo is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at the Jack Reardon Convention Center, 520 Minnesota Ave. in Kansas City, Kansas.

The event is free and open to the public with special services for veterans. Over the last several years, a high number of those who were interviewed at the career expo were hired on the spot.

This year, more than 90 employers will be present.

The Get Hired Kansas City Career Expo is a joint effort with U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, KCKCC President Greg Mosier and Unified Government Mayor-CEO David Alvey.

“This expo offers more than top tiered employers with open positions, we additionally have computers onsite to assist with your resumes, we have partnered with area resource providers to make sure you have interview appropriate clothing before meeting the employers, we are offering services to help those needing additional assistance keep the jobs they obtain and so much more,” said Dr. Alicia Hooks, director of the Entrepreneurship, Workforce and Career Center. “We are joining the congresswoman, the mayor and area resource providers because the community deserves our collaborative efforts.”

New this year is the location. The Career Expo is moving downtown to increase accessibility for all community members.

“We are situated to be easily accessible for area Kansans as well as Missourians and welcome everyone,” Hooks said. “This is such a pivotal point where not only employers are showing up in massive numbers with open positions, but innovations are allowing for the addition of many new and exciting careers. At the expo, we will have people onsite to help demonstrate some of those new innovations.”

Staff will be available to assist applicants with creating and printing resumes, completing online or paper applications and career assessments.

Some of the employers include –
• Airstreams Renewables, Inc.
• Allied Universal
• Arvest Bank
• Associated Wholesale Grocers
• BAC Local 15 Apprenticeship and Training Fund
• Barrier Companies
• Barts Electric
• Bearing Headquarters
• Berry Global
• Best Choice Home Health
• BNSF Railroad
• Brookdale Overland Park
• Care Haven Homes
• College Works Painting
• Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City
• Copart, Inc.
• DC 3 JATF
• Economic Opportunity Foundation
• Emerald Healthcare, a subsidiary of Ensign Group Inc.
• Faith Technologies
• Fastenal
• Flowers Baking Co. of Lenexa
• Foley Equipment Company
• Freightquote / C.H. Robinson
• Fry-Wagner
• Garmin International
• Good Samaritan Society
• Great Wolf Lodge
• Greater Kansas City Laborer’s Training Center
• Heartland Coca-Cola
• Henke Manufacturing
• Hollywood Casino
• Ingersoll Rand
• Johnson County Sheriff’s Office
• Kansas Army National Guard
• Kansas City, Kansas Police Department
• Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools
• Kansas City Marriott Downtown
• Kansas City Public Library
• Kansas City VA
• Kansas State University Global Campus
• KC Electrical JATC’
• KC Board of Public Utilities
• Keller Fire & Safety, Inc.
• KidsTLC
• Kocher + Beck USA, L.P.
• Labconco
• Labormax staffing
• Lansing Correctional Facility
• Leavenworth Sheriff’s Office
• Millipore Sigma
• Mosaic
• New York Life
• North Kansas City Hospital
• Oasis Pools & Spas
• Olathe Public Schools
• Operative Plasterers’
• Cement Masons’ Apprenticeship Local #518
• Overland Park Police Department
• PAE
• Pipefitters Local 533
• Providence Medical Center
• ResCare Kansas City
• Roofers Local #20
• Shor-Line
• Speedway Chrysler Dodge Jeep
• Sprint Center
• SPX Cooling Technologies
• Swope Health Services
• Teamsters Local 541
• TransAm Trucking, Inc.
• Unified Government of WyCo/KCK
• University of Kansas Health System
• University of Saint Mary
• US Air Force
• Westin & Sheraton Hotel @ Crown Center
• Wyandot, Inc.
• YRC Freight

The career expo’s resource partners include Workforce Partnership, KCK Housing Authority, Made Men, J.E. Dunn, Connections to Success, The Yellow Brick, Greenbush, Catholic Charities and NBC Community Development.

For more information on the Get Hired Kansas City Career Expo, call 913-288-7880.

KCKCC sweeps for ninth softball win in last 10 games

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

Kansas City Kansas Community College returns to the torrid Jayhawk Conference softball race Thursday after sweeping a non-conference doubleheader 4-3 and 9-1 at Southwestern Iowa Tuesday.

Locked in a four-way tie for second place, the Blue Devils square off against Labette in Parsons at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Blue Devils’ final road conference twin bill of the season. Johnson County (13-3) leads the conference with Highland, Hesston and Cowley sharing second with KCKCC, all at 11-5., with Labette another game back at 10-6.

With nine wins in their last 10 games, the Blue Devils’ improved their overall record to 32-14 with the two wins at Southwestern.

A clutch 2-run triple by Alexis Rymer in the fifth inning rallied the Blue Devils to their 4-3 win in the opener. Trailing 3-2, Devin Purcell was hit by a pitch and Kaylee Arnzen singled to set up Rymer’s game-winning three-base hit.

KCKCC took an early 1-0 lead on singles by Arnzen and Alaina Howe and Britney Smith’s RBI ground ball in the second only to have Southwestern score three times in the bottom of the inning on a double, single and an error. The Blue Devils cut their deficit to 3-2 in the fourth. Rymer was hit by a pitch, moved up on a single by Jennica Messer and scored on Brittney Beck’s infield grounder.

Mackenzie Pinkerton (14-7) got the win with four innings of two-hit relief. She walked five and struck out seven. Shay Grosstephan worked the first three innings, allowing three hits and three runs, one of which was unearned. She walked five, fanned two.

Faith Maslak (7-2) scattered five hits in the 5-inning 9-1 nightcap win, striking out two and walking one. Alaina Howe and Britney Smith both drove in three runs and Kaylee Arnzen two, each with a pair of hits as the Blue Devils did all their scoring in two innings.

The big inning was the first when the Blue Devils scored six times on six hits. Arnzen and Smith each drove in two runs in the inning. After an error, Devin Purcell and Grosstephen singled and Arnzen delivered a two-run double. A walk, singles by Jennica Mieser and Howe made it 4-0 and Smith plated the final two. The other three runs came in the fifth highlighted by Howe’s 2-run double.

KCKCC’s Joe McKinstry national coach of year for second time

Kansas City Kansas Community College coach Joe McKinstry cut down the net at the national championship game. He received the NJCAA DI National Coach of the Year honor for the second time in four years. (KCKCC photo by Alan Hoskins)

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

Joe McKinstry is the NJCAA DII National Coach of the Year for the second time in four years but the ultimate in accolades came recently at the NCAA Women’s Final Four in Tampa.

“I had a number of four-year coaches who were at our national tournament in Arkansas come up and tell me how well our kids played, how they shared the basketball and their ability to execute offensively,” said the fourth year Kansas City Kansas Community College head coach.

“This is the best group I’ve ever had at retaining information and performing so it’s great to get complements like that from bigger schools. I think they were kind of shocked and amazed. I guess they expected a lower level of basketball.”

Joe McKinstry

The NJCAA coaching award is McKinstry’s third this year. Voted Jayhawk Conference Coach of the Year, he also won the national tournament coaching award.

“On a personal level, it’s kind of surreal,” McKinstry said of the NJCAA Award. “It’s not something I think about but don’t get me wrong, I’m going to keep it. It’s certainly something I take pride in but honestly, I’m a much better coach than when I won the award in 2016. But I also thought I was a better coach in 2017 and 2018. Those teams just didn’t win national championships.

“To be honest, I think it kind of waters down Coach of the Year just because you won the national championship. In 2017, our team wasn’t all that great and Coach Chamissa (Anderson) and I had to coach our tails off to win 19 games and last year we only had one sophomore and had 21 wins and put ourselves in position for this year when we certainly turned the corner. This was a great team, no distractions, a very easy team to coach. If I make Coach of the Year, that means I had the best kids and the best team; I feel very fortunate to be their coach.”

McKinstry got his 100th win this year and now has 105 wins in 136 game in his four years at KCKCC.

“As far as preparing a team, preparing for opponents, game situations. I feel more comfortable,” he said. “With 136 games to take into consideration there’s experiences and reflections from the past that you’re able to take and help current teams and players.”

The Blue Devils finished 32-4, the third most wins in history. They also won the Jayhawk Conference Division II championship for the first time and led every national tournament game by at least 20 points culminated by an 84-59 cruise in the championship game.
“In 2016, we were seeded No. 4 and beat the three teams seeded ahead of us,” McKinstry said. “This year there were a lot of upsets so I was proud that as the No. 3 seed we were the only one that didn’t falter.”

The national championship enhanced further the strength of the Jayhawk Conference which has put teams in the Final Four each of the last six years (three titles, two seconds and a third).

“We’ve played eight games in the national tournament and were well-conditioned and prepared for that level of basketball which speaks to the other teams in our conference and the talent and competitiveness coming out of Region VI,” McKinstry said.