PITTSBURG, KS.--- Ivan Crossland, the CEO of Pittsburg based Crossland Construction, believes having an educated workforce can make a big difference.
"We pay that person $2 more an hour for those credentials," states Ivan Crossland, CEO of Pittsburg Crossland Construction.
Experts with the Kansas Department of Commerce, Department of Labor, and Board of Regents were at Pittsburg State University as part of their mission to find out what kind of standardized skills are most needed across the state.
"If you're trying to hire a welder or a carpet layer, what kind of skills do they need? We'll actually produce that skilled worker for you," states Pat George, Commerce Secretary.
Pittsburg State was one of their 6 stops in Kansas. They're telling industry leaders how they can get involved.
"Bring awareness to the businesses. We want them to actually lead the charge and be part of the team to educate our current workforce," states George.
The initiative was set in motion by Governor Sam Brownback to help grow employment in Kansas.
"We do compete with other states, but we're also competing worldwide, and the thing that can separate us is our educated workforce," states George.
Kansas Labor Force experts and business owners agree, more certified skilled workers will benefit individual companies as well as their employees.
"We want to take those credentials that are nationally certified and build on to them, add value to everyone's career, and raise the bar," states Crossland.
According to the Kansas Department of Labor, certified truck drivers, nurses, and computer specialists are the most sought after workers in Kansas right now.