Ken Selzer: Insurance certificate program benefits students and businesses

The third annual Financial Services Summit in Topeka (Sept. 21) provides a means for business professionals in insurance, banking and government to share common successes and concerns. It also provides networking for gathering new and innovative methods of serving customers.


One of the areas of industry innovation that the Kansas Insurance Department has embraced is the need to provide competent, work-ready college graduates for the financial and insurance sectors. I am pleased to report that the Kansas Insurance Certificate program, a public/private initiative to attract college students into the industry, is achieving remarkable early success.

Through the cooperation of Kansas colleges and universities, there are 367 students enrolled in certificate-eligible insurance and financial courses during the fall 2017 semester. The credit hours for those classes count toward the 12 total credit hours needed for a student to receive the certificate.

What do these statistics mean? Well, with the increasing number of insurance and financial professionals retiring across the U.S., there will be a shortage of qualified people to take their places. The Insurance Certificate program is a way to show businesses hungry for new employees that these college graduates are ready to step in after taking qualified course work. Their level of basic knowledge about their profession through the certificate work gives them a distinct advantage.

The real key to the success of the program is the cooperation between the participating schools. They have worked to create a program that allows students to cross-enroll in the schools’ courses to fill the necessary requirements. To them we owe a great debt of gratitude for making the program a model for collaborative work in the future.

Another most important aspect of this program is the financial backing by our private partners.

They are Security Benefit Corporation; Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas; Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City; AFLAC; Midwest Health, Inc.; Delta Dental of Kansas; Shelter Life Insurance; State Farm; Alliance Companies; Upland Mutual; Marysville Mutual Insurance; Farmers Alliance; Farmers Insurance Company; Nationwide Mutual Insurance; FBL Financial; Advisors Excel; American Family Insurance; Kansas Medical Mutual Insurance Company (KaMMCO); Kansas Mutual Insurance; The American Home Life Insurance Company; The Bremen Farmers Mutual Insurance Company; and the Capitol Federal Foundation.

The Kansas Insurance Educational Foundation (KIEF) has provided the nonprofit organizational skills to manage the program, along with Kansas Insurance Department personnel.

If you know of any college business students who might be interested in the program, please have them go to Insuring a bright future for them and a stable Kansas financial services sector are terrific outcomes to pursue.

Ken Selzer has served as the Kansas Insurance Commissioner since January 2015.



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