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Business resources in Lawrence

Community & Workforce Partners

Collaborating With a Diverse Range of Organizations

Our goal is to provide our company tenants with the best resources. We work with several community and workforce partners that keep KU Innovation Park moving forward.

Community Partners

Connecting Our Companies With Skilled Employees

KU Innovation Park partners with regional workforce development organizations to develop targeted workforce training designed to connect Park companies directly with skilled workers.

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SkilledKC is a technical institute offering certificate programs in Software Development, Biotechnology, and Advanced Manufacturing. It is focused on providing a student-centered experience that allows students to learn in-demand skills and earn a certification that will set them on a successful career trajectory. SkilledKC employs a ‘campus-within-a-campus’ model, partnering with the private sector and postsecondary institutions to offer direct-to-career training.

A 501(c)(3) affiliate of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, SkilledKC focuses primarily on the adult populations and overlooked groups of individuals to graduate participants debt-free. SkilledKC currently operates a location in Wyandotte County at the Park’s KU Medical Center incubator facility. KU Innovation Park and SkilledKC have discussed expanding the program to Lawrence as part of the project. This will allow the Park, SkilledKC, and KU to coordinate around targeted workforce training to support the bioscience and technology industry clusters through a direct pipeline of talent while helping re-skill underserved and overlooked populations and direct them to high-paying jobs.

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Dwayne Peaslee Technical Training Institute

Peaslee Tech is a technical training center in Lawrence and is the largest provider of apprenticeships in Kansas. Peaslee Tech offers technical skills training to a diverse group of learners. It is a combined effort by business and industry, the Economic Development Council of Lawrence, the City of Lawrence, and Douglas County.

Peaslee and KU Innovation Park will partner to develop targeted workforce training to support the Park’s Industry Clusters, initially through CAD training and apprenticeships designed to help connect Park employers in the Transportation, Infrastructure, and Logistics Industry Cluster directly to skilled workers.

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