KCKCC to hold open house on AET program

by Kelly Rogge, public information manager, KCKCC

Did you know that you can become an advanced manufacturing technician (AMT) with little or no cost in two years through Kansas City Kansas Community College’s Automation Engineer Technology (AET) program?

More information about this program is available at an upcoming open house from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Dr. Thomas R. Burke Technical Education Center, 6565 State Ave. in Kansas City, Kansas. The event is free and open to the public.

Wyandotte County has more than 5,500 skilled jobs available. Through its partnership with FAME (Federation of Advanced Manufacturing Education), students not only can be prepared for an in-demand career but finish debt free. Careers in this field can begin at $50,000 and go even higher, according to Wyandotte County labor statistics through Jobs EQ.

KCKCC students will spend two days a week at the college and the other three days as a paid intern at local manufacturers. This is an “earn while you learn” program.

The open house will give those interested an opportunity to learn about the program, visit the new AET lab and meet AET FAME students.

First developed by Toyota, the FAME program serves to solve a local skills trade shortage while providing a pathway for people to earn a technical associate of science degree debt-free. Currently, there are 32 FAME chapters in 14 states, and participation continues to grow.

Local manufacturing company leaders – Amsted Rail, Best Harvest Bakeries, Brill, Inc., Catalent, Empire Candle, INX International INK Co., TT Electronics and CH Guenther and Son dba Williams Foods, established the first FAME chapter in Kansas – the Kansas City FAME chapter. Supported by the Kansas MEP, Kansas Manufacturing Solutions, Wyandotte Economic Development Council and Workforce Partnership, the Kansas City FAME chapter expects to grow its membership base of manufacturing companies.

For more information on applying for the FAME internship program, visit the FAME KC website. For more information on the program at KCKCC visit the website or contact Rich Piper.

Cousins compete at Frontier League wrestling match

Olivia Stean posed before the tournament in a Bonner Springs wrestling T-shirt first won by her father (and former Bonner wrestler) Jeff Stean 32 years ago. (Photo copyright 2023 by Brian Turrel)

by Brian Turrel

A family feud decided the standings at the Frontier League girls’ wrestling tournament Wednesday evening at Bonner Springs.

Bonner standout Olivia Stean pinned her cousin, Tonganoxie sophomore Grace Stean, in the final match of the 170-pound weight class. Grace got an early takedown, but Olivia roared back for a pin with thirty seconds left in the first period.

The win pushed the Braves a slim half-point ahead of the Chieftains into second place to settle what had been a back-and-forth battle among four teams for second place behind runaway winner Baldwin.

Olivia Stean also hit the century mark for high school wins, earning her hundredth with a pin of Spring Hill’s Cali Claar early in the tournament. Stean is now 32-0 for the 2022-2023 season.

Bonner’s Jenna Knight won the title in the 115-pound class, pinning Ottawa’s Brooklyn Soman in the final after outlasting Eudora’s Kayleigh Miller in a 7-3 decision in the semifinal.

Bianca Keith placed second in the 155-pound class, while Kylie Enriquez (120), Neveah Brown (135), and Aaryn Krebs (235) earned third place in their classes. Brown won her third-place match with a takedown of Eudora’s Madelynn Arnold in sudden-victory (overtime).

The Braves’ wrestlers are looking ahead to their regional tournament in Topeka on Feb. 11 with the opportunity to win a spot at the state tournament in Wichita.

Team standings:

Baldwin 186.0
Bonner Springs 144.5
Tonganoxie 144.0
Paola 139.5
Spring Hill 137.0
Eudora 108.0
Ottawa  47.0

Hadley Hammerbacher tried to turn Ottawa’s Violet Parker in a 125-pound match. Hammerbacher won by 9-3 decision.  (Photo copyright 2023 by Brian Turrel)
Autumn Ashford pinned Eudora’s Abby Fager in a 140-pound match. Ashford won by fall and went on to place 4th. (Photo copyright 2023 by Brian Turrel)

Bianca Keith threw Tonganoxie’s Kendall Smart in a 155-pound match. Keith won by fall and went 3-1 in the tournament. (Photo copyright 2023 by Brian Turrel)

Olivia Stean wrestled Spring Hill’s Cali Claar in a 170-pound match. Stean won the match by fall, the 100th win of her high school career. (Photo copyright 2023 by Brian Turrel)

Olivia Stean received congratulations from teammate Jenna Knight after getting her hundredth career victory. (Photo copyright 2023 by Brian Turrel)

Kylie Enriquez wrestled Tonganoxie’s Grae Vanderweide in a 120-pound match. Enriquez won the match by fall and took 3rd place in the class. (Photo copyright 2023 by Brian Turrel)

Emmalee Foya had a lock on Tonganoxie’s Brooklin Rich in the 130-pound consolation semi-final. Foya won the match by fall in the 2nd period and took 4th place in the tournament. (Photo copyright 2023 by Brian Turrel)

Jenna Knight wrestled Ottawa’s Brooklyn Soman in the 115-pound final. Knight won the match by fall in the first period. (Photo copyright 2023 by Brian Turrel)

Neveah Brown tossed Eudora’s Madelynn Arnold in the 135-pound third-place match. Brown won the match with a takedown in sudden-victory. (Photo copyright 2023 by Brian Turrel)

Aaryn Krebs wrestled Tonganoxie’s Anna Tochtrop in a 235-pound match. Krebs won the match by fall and took 3rd place in the class. (Photo copyright 2023 by Brian Turrel)

Olivia Stean wrestled Tonganoxie’s Grace Stean in a 170-pound match. Olivia Stean won the match by fall in the 1st period. (Photo copyright 2023 by Brian Turrel)

Tonganoxie’s Grace Stean got a small measure of revenge with a surprise cake to the face of her cousin Olivia Stean as they stood on the podium. (Photo copyright 2023 by Brian Turrel)

PILOT fee, agenda rules on today’s UG Commission agenda

More discussion about changes to agenda procedures and the PILOT fee are on today’s UG Commission agenda.

A special meeting was called for 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, to discuss proposed changes to rules and procedures. The meeting will be in the Commission Chambers, City Hall, 701 N. 7th St.

On the 7 p.m. agenda, besides creating the new residential class for the PILOT fee, is a proposal that would set term limits for UG commissioners.

The agendas have several other proposed resolutions, and are online at https://www.wycokck.org/Dep…/Clerks-Office/Agendas-Minutes.