Pompeo, Trump visit Air Capital, focus on workforce

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Advisor to the President, Ivanka Trump, visited WSU Tech and Textron Aviation.

Advisor Trump is the co-chair of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board. The president of WSU Tech, Dr. Sheree Utash, is a member of that board.

"She loves students. She loves to interact with people," said Utash. "(Ivanka Trump) has a great concern and a huge advocacy toward minimizing the skills gap and creating opportunities for Americans."

The day began with a tour of WSU Tech and continued with a roundtable discussion focusing on hands-on-training and jobs.

A group of business leaders in the aviation industry also signed the Pledge to America’s Workers. It is a White House initiative that encourages companies to commit to new or enhanced career and job training opportunities for American workers.

"The intention all along was to showcase Wichita and the absolutely great city that we have as the Air Capital of the World," said Utash.

This is Secretary Pompeo's third visit to Kansas this year. It has added speculation to whether or not he will run for the US Senate.

"I'm going to continue to do what I'm doing so long as President Trump wants me to do this. It is an enormous privilege," said Pompeo.

The high level visit to Wichita was welcomed by students and government officials, who represent Kansas.

"It is great and I do appreciate her time and her taking the time to even talk to us and coming down here and giving us advice and really caring about the community," said Charlena Banks, student.

"This visit helps highlight, certainly today, workforce training. There's not a business in the country, not a business in aviation aerospace, that isn't looking for a trained workforce," said US Senator Jerry Moran. "What's taking place at WSU Tech is something that ought to attract businesses, will attract businesses to Kansas."

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