1000 SW Jackson Street Topeka, KS 66612

apprenticeship@ks.gov

Our
Teams

Shonda Atwater

Director

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STATE REPTILE, ORNATE BOX TURTLE

“I chose the Ornate Box turtle because they embody the spirit and character of Kansan’s! They are fast, love to explore, protect their home and have lots of personality.”

Chastity Troxel

PROGRAM MANAGER

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STATE FLAG
“I remember being a kid in school learning about the state flag. The motto and imagery makes me think about the pride I have in my state.”

Dona Thompson

PARTNERSHIP MANAGER

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STATE MOTTO – AD ASTRA PER ASPERA
“My why is the meaning itself, “to the stars through hardships.” The past few years have been full of hardships in so many ways, but we have still succeeded in many areas.”

Tambra Milller

MANUFACTURING COORDINATOR

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STATE FLOWER, SUNFLOWER
“Sunflowers are my favorite. They turn to the sun as group, provide nutrients and clean our air. They are a great plant to have around. ”

Laura Hoppas

Healthcare Coordinator

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STATE FLOWER, SUNFLOWER
“My favorite Kansas symbol is the Sunflower, They hold their faces to the sun, draw in pollinators to food crops, they cleanse the soil they grow in, and they can grow during hardship.”