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Posted on: March 24, 2016

Kansas Commerce announces Manhattan Tech to offer IT Service Management Training

The Kansas Department of Commerce is partnering with Security Benefit Corporation and Manhattan Area Technical College (MATC) to launch a new short-term training program to upskill associates by certifying them at the Foundation level in IT Service Management. This project connects economic and workforce development under the new Workforce AID (Aligned with Industry Demand) initiative –Right Training. Right Job. NOW.

MATC will deliver training in conjunction with Centriq Training at the Security Benefit campus in Topeka, Kansas. The training curriculum was developed under the guidance of Security Benefit and Centriq to meet the needs of Security Benefit’s IT-related staff. Up to 25 of their employees will have an opportunity to earn the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Foundations credential from AXELOS Global Best Practice, as well as two college credits upon successful completion.

“This project supports Security Benefit by providing training for employees to advance their skills as well as supporting company growth,” said Kansas Commerce Secretary Antonio Soave. “It also contributes to a robust Kansas economy by preparing employees with the skills and credentials required by business. We are excited to support local prosperity with this Workforce AID pilot project for Security Benefit Corporation.”

“Aligning education and training programs with our workforce needs is critical to the success of our company and our associates,” said Michael Kiley, Chief Executive Officer of Security Benefit. “This successful partnership will equip our associates with the tools they need to be more productive and the company more competitive.”

“MATC is pleased to be part of this project bringing together multiple entities to deliver specific IT training that will lead to a valuable industry credential,” said Marilyn Mahan, MATC’s Vice President of Academic Affairs. “The investment that the industry partners and the Department of Commerce make in employees through the Workforce AID project is a testimony to their commitment to developing the Kansas workforce.”

About Workforce AID

Workforce AID (Aligned with Industry Demand) supports Kansas' strategic plan for economic development, keeping Kansas businesses competitive and promoting a more robust economy. To fill the skills gap in our workforce, the Kansas Department of Commerce and the Kansas Board of Regents are working in partnership with Kansas companies to train and deliver skilled, certified workers.

About Security Benefit

Security Benefit Life Insurance Company (SBL), a 124-year-old, Kansas-based insurance company with more than $30 billion in assets under management, is a leading retirement savings and income solutions provider. Through a combination of innovative products, exceptional investment management and a unique distribution strategy, Security Benefit is a leader in a full range of retirement markets and wealth segments. First Security Benefit Life Insurance and Annuity Company of New York (FSBL), New York, NY, is an affiliate of SBL and both are subsidiaries of Security Benefit Corporation. SBL is not authorized in New York and does not transact business in New York. To learn more about Security Benefit, visit

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