JCCC and partners open training center at Logistics Park Kansas City


Media Contact: Diane Carroll, 913-469-3425, dicarroll@jccc.edu

JCCC and partners open training center at Logistics Park Kansas City


OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – To fulfill the employment and training needs of current and future companies at Logistics Park Kansas City (LPKC) in Edgerton, Kansas, Johnson County Community College (JCCC) has joined with several partners to form the Learning & Career Center at LPKC.


The partners will host a free open house for the public at the new Learning & Career Center from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29, at 30750 W. 193rd St. in Edgerton. Information about the center will be provided and local employers will be on hand to discuss job opportunities at LPKC.


The center will begin offering classes in early November, providing training for the thousands of jobs expected to become available when LPKC is fully developed. Classes will include warehousing and logistics, OSHA compliant forklift training, personal development and workplace skills and a commercial truck-driving school. For more information regarding training, please call 913-469-3836 or visit www.jccc.edu/lpkc.


“When the logistics park is at full capacity, there will be a tremendous need for workers,” said Debbie Rulo, who is leading the learning center initiative for JCCC as director of Continuing Education. “The whole idea is to fulfill the gap for these businesses going in around the intermodal facility as well as to provide training to the surrounding communities.”


LPKC is a 1,500-acre master-planned distribution and warehouse development anchored by BNSF Railway’s newest state-of-the-art intermodal facility. It is being developed by NorthPoint Development, which is building the Learning & Career Center at no cost to JCCC or the other partners.


“Participating in the Learning & Career Center at LPKC is a labor of love,” said John Thomas, vice president of NorthPoint Development. “We are abundantly aware and appreciative of the public partners that have made LPKC a reality. Behind those public partners are real people with real aspirations and real dreams for the future. The Learning & Career Center is a chance to fulfill one of the great promises of LPKC as a logistics and employment hub. As the private development partner at LPKC, NorthPoint is thrilled about this proactive step to ensure a well-qualified labor pool into the future.”


JCCC will provide direction, coordination and administrative support for the development and ongoing operations of the 5,000 square-foot training center. JCCC is designing the program around the current and future workforce, providing training and talent needs of companies at LPKC and in the surrounding area.


“Johnson County Community College is enthusiastic to be a part of the Learning & Career Center initiative,” said JCCC board trustee Jerry Cook. “This endeavor reflects JCCC’s agility within corporate and civic partnerships as we uphold our commitment to meeting the community’s workforce education needs. The efficiencies gained through partnerships like this help our students be successful.”


Other partners in the venture are the City of Edgerton, Workforce Partnership, BNSF Railway and the Southwest Johnson County Economic Development Corporation.


With a dedicated onsite staffing specialist at LPKC, Workforce Partnership will provide free employer services such as online job postings, job-seeker screening, recruiting and events (informational sessions and job fairs), assessments, subsidized work-based learning, labor market information, salary compensation analysis and job description development.


Several companies at LPKC have been involved with the formation of the training center and have expressed interest in using its services, including DEMDACO, Smart Warehousing, Kubota and Flexsteel.


About Logistics Park Kansas City

Located in Edgerton, Kansas, LPKC is a 1,500-acre master-planned distribution and warehouse development anchored by BNSF Railway’s newest state-of-the-art intermodal facility. Developed by NorthPoint Development, LPKC is strategically and centrally located in America’s Heartland, perfectly positioned for the efficient shipment of goods for import and export, serving all points throughout the United States. LPKC is an excellent location for warehouse and distribution centers. Visit www.logisticsparkkc.com for more information.


About NorthPoint Development

NorthPoint Development is a privately held real estate development company specializing in complex master-planned projects. NorthPoint’s core focus is to create long-term value for its customers. At Logistics Park Kansas City, the development team is focused on lowering total operational expense for distribution centers and logistics-oriented companies. Visit www.beyondthecontract.com for more information.


About Johnson County Community College

With more than 45,000 students enrolled in credit and continuing education classes each academic year, Johnson County Community College is nationally known for the quality of its programming and teaching. JCCC provides a full range of undergraduate credit courses that form the first two years of most college curricula. JCCC offers 129 degrees and certificates that prepare students to enter the job market in high-employment fields. The college’s continuing education program is the largest, most comprehensive in the Kansas City area. For more information, visit www.jccc.edu