The Business Education Strategic Team (BEST) held an interactive Career Expo on Wednesday, October 9th at the 4H Building in El Dorado.
The event was designed to provide high school students with the opportunity to engage in the interactive exploration of careers and industry. It was a collaboration between the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce, both El Dorado and Circle High Schools, local businesses, the Workforce Centers and Butler Community College.
High school students had the exclusive opportunity to engage in hands on-learning until 3:30pm at which time college students, parents, and the general public were welcomed.
“Being able to align business needs with corresponding educational pathways is important, and a primary goal of the BEST committee,” said Teresa Bergen, committee chair.
According to a report from Worldwide Interactive Network, Inc. (WIN) a career readiness resource organization, “In many states, education, economic development and workforce development policy largely function separate from one another. As separate sets of policy, they often conflict and, consequently, do not maximize their impact on the overall economic health of a state or region. States should align these three policy areas into a single strategy they term the ‘Educonomy.’”
Furthermore, the WIN report stated that understanding a region’s educonomy requires “identifying business and industry talent needs, understanding the current and emerging occupational and job-specific skills that are in demand, and take an inventory of the quantity and quality of people willing and able to seek employment in critical occupations.”
Some of the area employers participating in the expo included:
While fans of the PBS drama “Downton Abbey” prepare for its big screen debut and the arrival of the Queen, another type of queen has arrived on campus, with much less fanfare. The newly crowned Miss Frontier, Naomi Galindo, has also gained a new title – Butler Grizzly.
Galindo began classes this fall at Butler and aims to eventually earn a Ph.D. in Linguistics. She currently speaks three languages, French, English and Spanish and has started learning Russian this semester.
“I’m planning to attend KU and major in Russian/East European/Central Asian studies with a minor in political science ,” Galindo said.
While you may think it’s her crown and sash that set her apart from the average student, it’s actually her social initiative and personal passion of promoting Foreign Language Education for Grades K-12.
As Miss Frontier, Galindo will have many opportunities to share her platform and help raise awareness for the importance of Foreign Language Education for students from kindergarten through high school.
The Miss Frontier pageant is a part of the HollyFrontier Western Celebration and is held annually in El Dorado. The young woman crowned each year serves an ambassador to the celebration and they go on to represent the community through a variety of volunteer opportunities and appearances.
Galindo said, “I’m a huge fan of Miss Universe and so I found out that we had a local pageant and I decided to compete.”
Many young women participate in pageants as a way to help pay for school. Many pageant systems provide scholarship money or partner with colleges to provide in-kind scholarships. Through her participation in pageants, Galindo has started college debt-free and plans to continue competing to earn more scholarships. She previously held the titles of Miss Teen Frontier 2017 and Miss Teen El Dorado 2018.
Galindo said, “I would like to promote my platform, keep developing myself and my platform. I would also like to compete in the Miss Kansas pageant.” As a result of winning the title of Miss Frontier, Galindo has the opportunity to participate in the Miss Kansas Competition. The Miss Kansas Competition is a part of the Miss America Organization and participation in that program opens the doors to even more scholarships.
According to the Miss America Organization, “The Miss America Organization is one of the nation’s largest providers of scholarship assistance to young women.”
The Miss Kansas Scholarship Program is for young women age 17-25 years old.
According to the Miss Kansas Organization, through their participation in the program, young women earn more than scholarship awards for college. They gain community service experience as well as experience in speaking extemporaneously.
They learn to formulate and present their views on important issues. They grow in grace while improving social skills. They learn to set goals and work toward physical fitness and they learn to build a network while meeting new people with confidence and security.
The young women who participate in the Miss Kansas Scholarship Program gain experience in planning and time management as well as developing a performance talent. Galindo’s talent is singing and she performed a song in Croatian at Miss Frontier.
Galindo’s reign will be marked by a year of service. In addition to multiple opportunities to volunteer, she will advocate for a personal platform, also known as a social initiative. A social initiative is a project developed by the individual and acts as catalysts for positive social change.
Galindo’s social initiative is promoting Foreign Language Education for Grades K-12. Additionally, Galindo wants to encourage other young women to compete for scholarships.
“This year I’m working on recruiting girls for the Miss and Teen Division to get them involved with the pageant. There are a lot of opportunities such as winning a scholarship, gaining confidence and developing friendships,” Galindo said.
While the next Miss Kansas Competition is not until June 2020, Galindo will be busy with her classes at Butler Community College and her royal duties as Miss Frontier.
El Dorado, Kan. – The premiere car maker, Volvo, and Butler Community College officially collaborated in August in an effort to strengthen the auto mechanic workforce and develop a pipeline for the car company. The agreement was made possible in part by Eddy’s Volvo Cars of Wichita, serving as the sponsoring dealership, and Volvo’s Car University Program designed to embed Volvo system technology into top accredited auto tech programs in the country.
Volvo Cars issued this statement, “Volvo Car University supports local Volvo retailers in developing the next generation of technicians by facilitating training, tools and vehicle availability at local colleges and educational institutions.”
Butler Community College is proud to be one of the first collegiate Volvo Training programs in the country. Butler’s faculty will be trained in the latest Volvo technologies, and Butler’s auto tech students will have hands-on access to training from Butler faculty for the premiere technology within Volvo cars. The Volvo curriculum, to be launched this fall and embedded into the existing curriculum, will become standard for all auto tech students at Butler.
All the tools and resources for training purposes will be provided by Eddy’s Volvo Cars of Wichita. The dealership’s Service and Parts Director, Todd Truitt, headed the program and will meet regularly with Mark Jaye, Butler’s auto tech lead instructor, to stay updated on information and training throughout the program’s duration.
“I’m excited about a new partnership with a local community college, and hope it can better equip students interested in the field with a more realistic idea of what they will be facing on a day to day basis,” said Truitt.
The access to the Volvo curriculum and technology enhances the program by broadening student knowledge of luxury cars; knowledge which is typically only accessible through private training facilities. Butler’s Auto Tech Program is located in El Dorado and is certified by the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF).
There’s a new face in town and you may see his name pop up from time to time. I am referring to the new Editor for the Butler County Times-Gazette, Clinton Dick. But, he says, we can call him Clint.
Clint comes to us from the Ottawa Herald where he has been for the past six years. Originally he was assigned to local government and breaking news, but for the past three years he has been their Sports Editor.
When the Editor’s position came open, Clint stated that he knew “it was a good fit.” Originally from a small community in Kingman County, he was looking to be closer to his family. He noted some of them live here in Butler County, and he already feels right at home.
While you may have noticed some changes over the past few months, as there has been a transition with the editorial department, Clint does not expect his arrival to create drastic changes. He plans to be hyper focused on local issues and points to the similarities between Ottawa and Butler counties as they are both rural counties focused on agriculture and small business. However, he identifies the size of Butler County as his major challenge.
The sheer number of communities, and the larger land size, combined with limited staffing and resources, make it difficult to ensure the smaller communities get the coverage they need and deserve. “I’m hoping to work diligently to provide the best local news for Butler County that I can.”
Secretary of Transportation Julie Lorenz visited El Dorado and the Historic Butler County Courthouse to announce the reinstatement of the Kansas Local Bridge Improvement Program. This is a state-funded program that provides funds to local public authorities to replace or rehabilitate locally-owned, deficient bridges in order to improve overall system throughout the State of Kansas.
Many bridges in the state of Kansas were built between 75-100 years ago with the average age being 50 years old. There are 19,000 bridges across the state that could potentially qualify for this program. It is estimated between 9-10,000 bridges will be closed in the next 50 years, if they are not improved.
In order to receive funding a bridge must be classified as structurally deficient or functionally obsolete based on the latest inspection performed under the procedures of the National Bridge Inspection Program (NBI). According to Secretary Lorenz, applications will be accepted beginning Wednesday, August 7th, through mid-September.
Starting September 3rd, 2019, the Butler County Motor Vehicle Western Office will be temporarily closed for remodeling. The Western Office will be open through normal operating hours Friday, August 30th, 2019. The closure is expected to last sixty to ninety days, with updates on reopening dates to be provided as available.
During the Western Office closure all Butler County Motor Vehicle transactions will be processed at the Main Motor Vehicle Office, situated on the second floor of the Historic Courthouse located at 205 W Central, El Dorado, KS 67042.
The Western Office remodel will allow for more Motor Vehicle Clerk stations to be installed, increasing the stations from four to six, which will assist in better serving patrons. The remodel also allows for security enhancements to be made to increase the security and well-being of staff and patrons alike.
Mail-in, online, and in-person Motor Vehicle transactions will proceed as usual at the Main Motor Vehicle Office during the Western Office closure. Mail-in and online transactions are a convenient way in which vehicle owners can complete transactions without traveling to the Motor Vehicle Office. Patrons who intend to travel to the Motor Vehicle office are encouraged to get in line via QLess prior to arriving at the office; thereby reducing wait time at the office itself.
To get in line for the Main Motor Vehicle Office via text or online visit the Butler County Motor Vehicle webpage at https://www.bucoks.com/395/Motor-Vehicle. If you do not sign in to QLess prior to arriving at the Main Office please be sure to sign in at the kiosk in front of the Butler County Treasurer’s Office once you do arrive so as to assist with reducing your in-office wait time.
County officials thank patrons for their patience during this closure to complete much needed remodeling. Please contact the Butler County Treasurer’s Office with questions at 316-322-4210.