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February 8, 2022

In The Community – Greater Kansas City Veterans Career Fair

by Pete Dulin

UMKC TalentLink executive director Jake Akehurst at Greater KC Veterans Career Fair

UMKC TalentLink and UMKC Student Veteran Support Services attended the Greater Kansas City Veterans Career Fair on February 4, 2022, at Union Station. We met with a wide range of veterans and service members from the region. In addition to listening to their career goals and backgrounds, we shared information about professional development, training, and other opportunities available to veterans.

Business Development Director Candice Haines and Executive Director Jake Akehurst (above left and middle) of UMKC TalentLink also met with representatives from area businesses and organizations. UMKC TalentLink offers custom training programs as well as workshops and certifications in data analytics and other areas geared toward companies and individuals.

“UMKC TalentLink offers a series of data analytics (non-degree) workshop courses. Led by Dr. Alex Francisco, the first course Introduction to Data Analytics starts on February 23rd and 26th,” says Akehurst. “The courses are instructor-led via Zoom. Other course topics include skills such as Excel, Python, SQL, and R programming. This is a great opportunity to introduce data analytics to a group of existing employees that could be ‘skilled up’ into new roles for the future. The courses are also available to individuals who want to gain data analytics skills to advance their career.”

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Our courses are designed for workers who want to gain a competitive edge in their careers, or for organizations that need to upskill and reskill their employees to take advantage of the benefits that data science offers. Attend a series of three data analytics workshops to earn a non-degree certificate.

Veteran Eric Gormly (below left), Assistant Director for Student Veteran Support Services at UMKC, also shared information to assist veterans and family members seeking resources as they transition out of active military service. Others were interested in degree and non-degree programs available at UMKC to continue their education and professional development.

“We started this event five years ago to support active military, veterans, and military families in the Kansas City area,” says Haines, a co-founder, board member, and co-organizer of the career fair. “We wanted to bring Kansas City’s employers and the military community together. It was exciting for UMKC TalentLink and Student Veteran Support Services to meet with veterans and active military at the career fair to discuss how we can provide resources for their career development.”

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