As Smith County employers seek workers to fill work force positions, there are some existing incentives and programs that help recruit workers to the area. Additionally, employers offer business specific recruitment incentives to individuals accepting their jobs. For example, Smith County MemorialHospital offers signing bonus, relocation support, continuing education support and Sun Porch of Smith County offers employee referral bonus, shift differential and incentive pay.
Smith County is a county located in the state of Kansas; the county seat is in Smith Center. The geographic center of the contiguous United States is located within the county, north of Lebanon. In 2021, 3,576 people call Smith County home. The county is named in memory of Maj. J. Nelson Smith, who was part of the 2nd Colorado Cavalry during the Civil War and was killed in action at the Battle of Westport on October 21, 1864.
Smith County lies at the crossroads of two major U.S. highways, 36 and 281. It is a land of open spaces with spectacular sunsets, rolling hills with acres of farmland and pasture, numerous wooded creek bottoms, walk-in hunting areas, and fishing ponds. Within an hour’s drive, residents can choose from four recreational lakes to enjoy watersports, camping, and fishing.
State-of-the-art fiber optics provide for reliable and strong connectivity which is essential for remote jobs, streaming entertainment and staying connected with friends and family around the world. The area is home to eight in-home daycare facilities and the newly opened Bright Beginnings Child Development Center in Smith Center.
Smith Center is home to the county’s critical access hospital, completed in 2018, which includes a physical therapy facility, 11 medical practitioners, and a rural health clinic. Two chiropractors and two fitness centers allow residents to keep fit and well. Elder care is provided through skilled nursing care facilities that promote independence based on the Green House model with private rooms, all the comforts of home and a philosophy of wellness, rehabilitation, freedom, nurturing, and safety. The county includes numerous community organizations and churches that provide for the social and spiritual needs of individuals and families.
Smith County residents highly value educational excellence. Two public school systems provide for pre-Kindergarten to high school education. The region also boasts a Christian preschool. Post-secondary educational opportunities include a community college and a vocational technical school within an hour’s drive and Fort Hays State University close by. Graduates are met with an average $200,000 of scholarship opportunities through USD 237 and $140,000 through USD 110. This tremendous support for continuing education allows our graduates to dream of a vast array of career pathways following a technical or post-secondary education.
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