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In the region's northwest section, you'll find Crawford County, Kansas, the proud home of Pittsburg State University (PSU). Since 1903, PSU's motto, "Where People Succeed," has been a simple description of the county's focus on the practical and useful. This attitude is woven into the local industries and is reflected in the programs offered by K-12 and higher-education providers.
Most of all, you'll see it in local residents' daily work habits. Their sense of self-determination is a big part of why Kansas is proud to be a right-to-work state, and why companies in the plastics, chemical, manufacturing, and fabrication industries find Crawford County to be a highly productive home.
PSU supports local employers with programs in engineering, electrical, manufacturing technology, plastics, technology management, and industrial management, along with custom training built around employers' needs. Nearby Neosho County Community College gives workers additional opportunities to sharpen their skills in management, computers, office technology, aerostructures, industrial engineering technology, welding, and more. Plus, local schools maintain a strong focus on vocational education, ensuring that graduates have the skills and attitudes that employers need.
Crawford County has a population of 39,134, with its largest city being Pittsburg and its county seat located in Girard. PSU houses the Kansas Technology Center and the Kansas Polymer Research Center, an internationally recognized center for chemistry and materials science with a specialization in vegetable oil-based polymer research and development. Crawford County is also home to AZZ, Pitt Plastics, Pittsco, Triple T Foods, and Sugar Creek Packing.