With a grant provided by Walmart to the Kansas Board of Regents, the Colby Community College Adult Education department and Citizens Health are partnering to train employees of Citizens Medical Center, Family Center for Health Care, and Prairie Senior Living Complex in Colby.

The Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) received a grant for $463,500 from Walmart to develop customized training programs branded as Accelerating Opportunity: Kansas (AO-K).

The programs, which are delivered in partnership with retail and service-sector employers, focus on employer and employee needs, providing engaging staff development, and retaining a more skilled workforce. CCC's request for $25,000 was allocated to assist learners in attaining and improving communication skills in their workplace settings.

"We're excited to work with Citizens Health to improve skills and service in our area," said CCC Adult Education Director Nance Munderloh. "We believe this opportunity will be beneficial to many people."

In addition to Colby Community College, other adult education providers and businesses participating in the program are:

  • Butler Community College Adult Education — Thai Binh and Thai An Supermarkets.
  • Dodge City Community College Adult Education — Boot Hill Casino and United Wireless Arena.
  • Paola Unified School District 368 Adult Education — Circle C Café, Miami County Auto and Paola Inn and Suites.
  • Washburn Institute of Technology Adult Education — Topeka Capitol Plaza Hotel, Ramada Inn.

The course for Citizens Health employees begins in October. For more information, contact Munderloh at (785) 460-4663.