• Andre Connor

    Data Operations Analyst

    "I was stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas, pursuing my dream of becoming an Army Ranger, when I suffered a back injury that left me disabled and wondering what to do. I’d always been interested in information technology and IT security, and I realized a career in that industry would allow me to move...

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  • Anna Bartholomew

    Childcare Teacher

    I started working with kids as a teen, helping out at a daycare before and after school. I kept working there when I graduated from high school and enrolled at Johnson County Community College, and I was sad to leave when I transferred to Kansas State University a year later.

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  • Bana Stelk

    Bank Operations Specialist

    "I really enjoy young kids, so growing up I always thought I’d become a teacher. I started down that path in college, but soon discovered it wasn’t for me. While in college, I started working at Walmart, which gave me some great experience with handling cash and working with the public.

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  • Brian Crockett

    Real Estate Agent

    I became interested in real estate while I was in high school. My mother was a real estate agent, and I always enjoyed hearing her talk about helping people purchase their first homes and the excitement that they had. I finally decided to make the transition to becoming a real estate agent myself...

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  • Gwendelrae Hicks

    Owner and Mortician

    When Harriet Tubman led escaped slaves to freedom, she followed the North Star to guide their way through the dark. Likewise, when I’m working with families who are grieving, they need someone with compassion and professionalism to guide them through that tough time. That’s why we chose to name our...

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  • Haley Rapp


    "Growing up, I thought I wanted to own my own restaurant or bakery. My parents own a small business, and I admire their hard work. Plus, I’ve always been a creative person.

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  • Jaiden Weixelman

    Automotive Technician

    "I've always been intrigued by cars, but I didn’t know how intrigued until my freshman year at Manhattan High School, when I took Introduction to Industrial Technology. Auto shop was my favorite segment of the class. I loved learning how engines work, and every day we’d learn about a new problem...

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  • Jared Kirkland

    HVAC Service Technician

    I took a pretty unusual path to get to where I am today!  I always knew the heating and cooling industry was an interesting field. So right after high school, I earned my bachelor’s degree in construction science and management. With that degree in hand, I started working in an office as a manager...

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  • John Kugler

    Dog Trainer and President, Bug Hounds LLC

    After I realized becoming a professional baseball player just wasn’t in the cards, I considered being a teacher because I love helping others. But my career path took a few turns before I found myself educating people — and it turned out not to be in a classroom.

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  • John Remmert

    Precision Ag Sales-Engineer

    It’s no coincidence that I work with tractors and implements for a living, considering I dreamed of becoming a ship captain or an airline pilot as a child. I’ve always been fascinated with large machinery and the people who operate it.

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