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Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas

Nitride Solutions

Workforce Challenge

Nitride Solutions’ is not a typical manufacturing facility that employs both entry level and highly skilled workers. With a staff of seven, Nitride Solutions is developing a high-volume, low-cost platform process to produce high quality single-crystal nitride substrates. Because of the complexity and specific skill set required to do the work, the company employs only advanced degreed college graduates and typically has a very small pool of candidates to recruit from. Recruitment efforts usually result in many qualified foreign nationals and little to no local talent. Because of this hiring challenge, the Kansas Engineering Excellence Project (KEEP) is a great solution for Nitride Solutions.

Workforce Solution

By partnering with Wichita State University (WSU) and the Workforce Centers of South Central Kansas through the KEEP Project, Nitride Solutions has increased their hiring pool to include local talent like Jennifer Herring.

Outcomes & Benefits

Jennifer, a 24 year old life-long resident of Butler County, is working to earn her Master’s in Engineering from WSU. Jennifer needed to participate in an internship to meet the requirements of her degree program and her WSU professor referred her to the KEEP Project. Jennifer was hired by Nitride Solutions in 2012 and successfully completed her one year internship with the company in March 2013. Jason Schmitt, Chief Operating Officer at Nitride Solutions was very thankful for the opportunity to have Jennifer as part of his team.

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