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Training & Education

Training and education are vital to the establishment of a productive workforce. Local partners in Hays provide opportunities to created training programs customized to the needs of employers.

Fort Hays State University

Fort Hays State University is a regional comprehensive university with more than 13,000 students and approximately 350 faculty. FHSU is located in Hays, KS, which has been recognized as the third-best college town in America among small cities.

FHSU is known for its innovation and entrepreneurship. Among the universities in the Kansas Board of Regents system, FHSU has the unique mission to integrate computer and telecommunications technology into the educational environment and the work place. It is a national leader in delivering education-at-distance through its Virtual College.

The University has three teaching modalities: on-campus, with an annual enrollment of about 4,500; the Virtual College, with an enrollment of about 5,000 that includes Kansas, nearly all 50 states and U.S. Armed Services personnel internationally; and in China, with about 3,500 students at partner universities.

The university has a long history of addressing the needs of the people, institutions and businesses in its primary service area of western Kansas and beyond. Here are just a few examples:

·         A change in regulations under the federal No Child Left Behind Act threatened to leave a segment of public school teachers without certification about a decade ago, so FHSU quickly established accessible online courses to fill the gap.

·         When the petroleum industry expressed the need for more highly trained workers, FHSU worked with the Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association to develop a petroleum geologist program.

·         Through its Department of Informatics, FHSU serves as both a local and regional academy for Cisco Systems, the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet. The U.S. government has designated the university a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance.

·         FHSU has been a frequent partner with local governments and the Ellis County Coalition for Economic Development to provide training and other services to new and expanding businesses.

With the lowest tuition in the region, FHSU offers its students hands-on learning with close attention from faculty that prepares them with a global perspective, professional skills and confidence to pursue successful careers. Students can pursue majors in more than 30 academic departments in four colleges and the Graduate School.


NCK Technical College

North Central Kansas Technical College (NCKTC) is committed to being a leader in innovative workforce development and a world class learning resource for the ever changing needs of business and industry.  NCKTC offers 13 programs of study and 6 short term courses in a number disciplines:

  • Nursing/healthcare
  • Business
  • Buildings and trades
  • Automotive
  • Plumbing/HVAC
  • Welding

  NCKTC will also work with employers to create a customized training plan to meet their needs.