The Rural Education and Workforce Alliance (REWA) is excited to announce the Grand
Opening on August 5 th from 4-6pm of the University/Training Center.
The Grand Opening will include guest speakers, Dodge City Mayor Joyce Warshaw, Ford County
Commissioner Chairman Chris Boys, Assistant City Manager Melissa McCoy, Executive Director of the
Dodge City/Ford County Development Corporation Joann Knight, Senator Bud Estes, Executive Director
of University of Kansas’ Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) Dr. Darin Beck, Associate
Professor/Assistant Chair Department of Nursing at Fort Hays State University (FHSU) Dr. Tanya Smith,
Chair of Department of Social Work at (FHSU) Dr. Timothy Davis, and Executive Director of the Scott
County Development Committee Katie Eisenhour. The presentations will be followed by a ribbon
cutting by the Dodge City Area Chamber of Commerce.
The newly remodeled University/Training Center will be used for higher education courses and
workforce trainings. In August REWA will be launching out of the University/Training Center the Fort
Hays State University’s (FHSU) Master of Social Work and the FHSU RN to BSN program. “We are
excited to be working with the Universities to provide a hybrid delivery of classes to meet the workforce
needs” says REWA Coordinator Kyla Keller. “We look forward to partnering with more Universities to fill
the workforce gaps in Southwest Kansas”. The programs are designed for students with their associate
degrees already offered through area community colleges and the working adult that desires to further
their professional education.
We are also excited to announce the expansion of KLETC into Southwest Kansas. KLETC is permanently
moving into the University/Training Center to provide law enforcement training for the Western Kansas
This project is made possible by sponsors/grants from the City of Dodge City, Ford County, United States
Department of Agriculture (USDA), Dodge City/Ford County Development Corporation, Community
Foundation of Southwest Kansas, Scroggins Foundation, Kansas Health Foundation and Patterson Family