High school students attend KCKCC-TEC Opportunity Fair

Kansas City, Kan., area students attended an Opportunity Fair Tuesday at KCKCC-TEC. The learned about what kinds of job opportunities are available to them this summer. (KCKCC photo)

by Kelly Rogge

Kansas City, Kan., area teenagers had the chance Tuesday to find out what kinds of job opportunities are available to them this summer through a Kansas City Kansas Community College Opportunity Fair.

“We know that some teens will look for employment and this gives them the head start with the employers that attended,” said Marisa Gray, business development liaison for KCKCC’s Workforce Development. “It was reinforcement of our efforts when McDonalds ran out of their 100 applications in the first 30 minutes. Outside of work opportunities, our goal was to let students know that there are also other opportunities like gaining volunteer experience or perhaps attending a summer camp.”

Approximately 225 students from USD 500 and Kauffman Scholars Inc. attended the fair, which was held at KCKCC-TEC. The event was a joint partnership with Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools, Workforce Partnership and KCKCC. Among the vendors:

  • Aerotek
  • City of Kansas City, Mo. –  Aim4Peace Program
  • Coca-Cola
  • Flint Hills Job Corps
  • Habitat for Humanity Kansas City
  • Kansas City, Kan., Fire Recruitment
  • Kansas City, Kan., Police Recruitment
  • Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
  • The Savage Group, LLC (McDonalds)
  • TJ Maxx
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • UPS

Gray said students who attended were required to bring at least 10 copies of their resume. She said to watch the students move around the room, dressed professionally with resume in hand, was a “proud moment.”

“It validated the reason for teaching workplace skills and expectations into the daily curriculum,” she said. “There were several students that walked away with their first summer job. That was the ultimate measure of success for this event.”

For more information on KCKCC’s Workforce Development, contact Gray at 913-288-7284 or email mcgray@kckcc.edu.

Besler, Zusi on U.S. Men’s National Team roster to face Mexico

Matt Besler
Graham Zusi

Sporting Kansas City defender Matt Besler and midfielder Graham Zusi are among 22 players on the U.S. Men’s National Team roster for next week’s international friendly against Mexico, U.S. Soccer announced.

Both players will be available for Sporting Kansas City’s match at the Colorado Rapids on Saturday before joining the U.S. Men’s National Team.

Besler, 27, has made 13 appearances for the United States since debuting in January 2013, including six FIFA World Cup qualifiers and all three knockout round games en route to the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup championship. He most recently appeared alongside Zusi in the United States 2-0 victory over Korea Republic last month and the U.S. is 9-1-2 with Besler in the starting lineup.

The Overland Park, Kan., native was named Sporting Kansas City’s captain prior to the 2014 season, his sixth as a professional after being selected eighth overall in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft out of Notre Dame. Besler has appeared in 138 MLS matches (including postseason) in his career, earning MLS Best XI (2012, 2013), MLS All-Star (2011, 2013) and MLS Defender of the Year (2012) honors.

“This is an important game for us,” Besler said. “Most guys are making cases for themselves to make the roster, but I think more important, as a team, we are trying to make a case for ourselves to learn how to play better with each other and get that chemistry. We are going there to win the game. Hopefully, every guy that gets called in comes with the right mentality.”

Zusi has earned 19 appearances for the United States Men’s National Team, including caps in each of the last three meetings with Mexico (2-0-1). He scored in the final two FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, highlighted by the game-winning goal against Jamaica at Sporting Park to secure a first place finish in the Hexagonal for the U.S. and the stoppage time goal in a 3-2 win at Panama that put Mexico in position to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Zusi has three goals and three assists in his international career.

Over six professional seasons, the 27-year-old playmaker has played in 135 MLS matches (including postseason) with 17 goals and 36 assists. Zusi recorded a career-high six goals and a team-best 12 assists in all competition in 2013 and was the top-rated midfielder in the MLS Castrol Index. The Maryland alum was an MLS MVP finalist in 2012 and nominee for Best MLS Player at the 2013 ESPYS to go along with MLS All-Star (2012, 2013) and MLS Best XI (2012, 2013) recognition.

“It’s one of our big rivals,” Zusi said. “It’s another big test before the World Cup so any opportunity where we can get out on the field together is an opportunity to get better as a team. I think we have done a great job of coming together as a team, knowing what we want to accomplish and how we want to accomplish it as a team and now it’s just fine-tuning.”

The No. 14-ranked United States Men’s National Team will play No. 20-ranked Mexico at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. The match will be shown live on ESPN, WatchESPN and UniMas with radio coverage available on the ESPN Deportes Radio Network.

BPU recognized for excellence in financial reporting

The Kansas City, Kan., Board of Public Utilities was recently presented the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association.

This national award is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting, and it represents a significant accomplishment by the utility and its management team.

The award was presented to Lori Austin, manager of accounting and finance and chief financial officer of BPU, and her entire department, for the utility’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. Judged by an impartial panel of experts, the utility’s CAFR demonstrated a “spirit of full disclosure” and met the highest standards of this program.  This is the 32nd year in a row BPU has received this distinguished recognition.

“BPU is honored to be recognized by government finance officers for its professional and transparent financial reporting,” stated Don Gray, general manager of BPU.  “This award speaks to the hard work, commitment, and expertise of BPU’s finance team and staff, and we’re all very proud of their accomplishment.”

GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving 17,500 government finance professionals with offices in Chicago, Ill., and Washington, D.C.