Ex-Ed. Official Focuses On Workforce Challenges

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas’ former education commissioner is hoping to bridge the divide between how schools teach and what businesses need from their workers.
Diane DeBacker was appointed late last year to the new executive director of business and education innovation position at the Kansas Department of Commerce. Her job is meant to bring education voices into the department, the Topeka Capital- Journal reported .
DeBacker hopes to bring education and business officials together to better prepare students for the workforce at a time when Kansas faces worker shortages in skilled and technical jobs.


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