Edgerton will partner with Johnson County Community College and several other public and private entities to create a logistics training center, the Kansas City Business Journal reported on Feb. 12.
Officials made the formal announcement at a Southwest Johnson County Economic Development Corporation’s (SWJCEDC) dinner Feb. 11. Along with Edgerton, JCCC, NorthPoint Development, Workforce Partnership, and BNSF Railway, SWJCEDC will also serve as a partner in the new training center.
NorthPoint, the developer for the Logistics Park Kansas City, will donate approximately 5,000-sqaure feet of space for the center, expected to open later this year. Officials anticipate the center will include a conference room, training areas and a forklift lab.
“Participating in the Logistics Training Center is a labor of love.  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 Logistics Training Center is a chance to fulfill one of the great promises of LPKC as a logistics employment hub”, said John Thomas, vice president of NorthPoint Development. “As the private development partner at LPKC, NorthPoint is thrilled about this proactive step to insure a well-qualified labor pool into the future.”
JCCC will provide direction, coordination and administrative support for the development and ongoing operations of the training center. JCCC is designing the program around the current and future workforce, 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 Logistics Training Center at LPKC initiative,” said Jerry Cook, chair of the JCCC board of trustees. “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.”
“The Logistics Training Center at LPKC will be an excellent addition to the City of Edgerton,” Edgerton Mayor Donald Roberts said. “Developing a program that prepares candidates for a career in warehousing and distribution operations and hosting it right here in our community is a great opportunity for residents and other job seekers to become a part of the supply chain industry that is driving our local economy.”
With a dedicated onsite staffing specialist at LPKC, Workforce Partnership will provide employer and job seeker services — at no cost — including free online job postings, job seeker screening, recruiting and events (informational sessions and job fairs), assessments, subsidized work-based learning, labor market information, salary comparison analysis and job description development.
“As we look to grow in the future, we are excited that the training center will include a one stop shop for job applicants that will also offer the ability to develop skills that will prepare applicants for the jobs that will become available,” Smart Warehousing CEO, Carl Wasinger, said.