1000 SW Jackson Street Topeka, KS 66612

apprenticeship@ks.gov

Kansas Youth Apprenticeship Collaborative (KYAC)

Kansas will participate in the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) Policy Academy to Advance Youth Apprenticeship. Called the Kansas Collaborative for Youth Apprenticeship, this Policy Academy offers a yearlong opportunity designed to support states as they develop policy agendas that advance high-quality youth apprenticeship opportunities.

The team of Kansans on this working group include a diverse group of officials from the Governor’s Office, Kansas Insurance Department, Kansas Office of Apprenticeship, Kansas Apprenticeship Council, Kansas Department of Education, and other stakeholders representing education and industry. Members include:

  • Conor Eubanks
    Deputy Director for Legislative Affairs Labor and General Government, Governors Office
  • Shonda Anderson
    Director of Apprenticeship and Internship, Kansas Office of Apprenticeship
  • John Clark
    Chairman of the KAC, Training Director at Wichita Plumbers and Pipefitters
  • Dr. Jennifer Seymour
    Vice Chairman of KAC, General Education & Applied Technology at WSU Tech
  • Dr. Mark Johnson
    Secretary of KAC, Professor for Workforce Development, Pittsburg State University
  • Bev Mortimer
    KAC member, Senior Vice President of Programming, Jobs for America’s Graduates
  • Eugene “Gene” Sicard
    KAC member, Assistant Business Manager IBEW 304
  • Michael Gibson
    KAC member, Associated General Contractors of Kansas, Inc.
  • Natalie Clark
    Assistant Director, of Career, Standards and Assessments in charge of Career and Technical Education, Kansas Department of Education
  • John Nave
    Executive Vice President of KS AFL-CIO
  • Hilary Worcester
    Manager of Learning and Development, Mid Kansas Coop
  • Torree Pederson
    President and CEO Aligned
  • Kelly Bielefeld
    M.Ed., Superintendent of Wichita Public Schools
  • Mike Cline
    CTE Instructor, Shawnee Mission West