Virtual job fair to be Wednesday

A KansasWorks virtual job fair is planned from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10.

During the online job fair, job seekers may chat live with commerce managers and human resources team members.

Candidates will be able to upload their resumes to a virtual job fair account before the event. Job seekers may participate via computer, smart phone or tablet.

“We have an outstanding team at the Department of Commerce— one that is filled with motivated and talented individuals,” Lieutenant Governor-Secretary David Toland said. “We’re looking for more candidates eager to join our team and fill open positions that are critical in our mission to advance economic growth and prosperity across the state.”

Numerous statewide virtual job fairs have been presented since the pandemic began and are a safe way to successfully connect Kansas job seekers and employers. Specifically, the Nov. 10 job fair will seek to fill the following open positions at Commerce: communications coordinator for the marketing-communications division; finance specialist for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program; grassroots strategy developer for the Office of Rural Prosperity; Workforce services specialist; and other openings.

To register for the event, visit

Those who need assistance in creating a resume prior to the event may contact the local workforce center at 877-509-6757.

Piper district prepares for future jobs



by Murrel Bland

In 2033, half of the jobs that are available aren’t in existence today. It will be most important for students to be prepared to meet the challenge of these jobs.

That was the message from Dr. Jessica Dain, superintendent of the Piper School District, who was the keynote speaker at the Annual Membership Meeting of Business West Wednesday, Oct. 13 at Rowe Ridge Vineyard and Winery in the Piper community. A voluntary committee from the Piper community created a strategic plan so that students would have a competitive edge.

Dr. Dain said this plan has an emphasis on critical thinking and problem solving, cross-cultural skills, self-reliance, communication skills, social and emotional well-being and creativity and innovation.

Dr. Dain said a program of academies starts in the eighth grade. Students are exposed to various areas of business including design, production and repair, entrepreneurship, fine arts, aeronautics, digital communication and graphic design, animal and plant science, health and life sciences, public services and information technology. Internships at area businesses are an important part of this program. A plurality of students has expressed an interest in entrepreneurship.

Dr. Dain came to the Piper School District about two years ago from the Olathe School District where she was an assistant superintendent. She received her bachelor and master’s degrees from Emporia State University and a doctorate from St. Louis University. She and her husband, Dr. Todd Dain, are the parents of two daughters and a son.

The Piper District can trace its history to 1920 when it opened with 65 students. Today it has more than 2,500 students. The district plans to seek a bond issue next January to meet growing student enrollment.

Murrel Bland is the former editor of The Wyandotte West and The Piper Press. He is the executive director of Business West.