Local institutions of higher learning and an economic development organization are encouraging Leavenworth County residents to complete an online survey.

Local institutions of higher learning and an economic development organization are encouraging Leavenworth County residents to complete an online survey.

The survey is designed to evaluate workforce and education gaps, according to Steve Jack, executive director of the Leavenworth County Development Corporation.

The survey is being conducted in partnership between LCDC, the University of Kansas, the University of Saint Mary and the Kansas City Kansas Community College.

USM’s main campus is located in Leavenworth. And KU and KCKCC operate campuses in Leavenworth.

Ashley Hardin, economic development coordinator for LCDC, said the survey is intended for employers, employees and others in the county.

“We want the whole community to take it,” she said.

The online survey was launched Monday, and it will remain available for about a month. Hardin said organizers would like to have a sampling of results from at least 500 people.

“We’re excited about it,” Hardin said.

She said the survey will help the three institutions of higher learning offer better programming based on community needs.

“All of the schools will have access to the data,” Hardin said.

She said the survey also serves as a workforce development initiative for LCDC.

The survey, which is being conducted through the SurveyMonkey service, should take a person 10 minutes or less to complete.

The survey can be found at www.surveymonkey.com/r/LCDC-Education

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