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Here's Your Opportunity to Help Shape Your Local Workforce System

Kansas WorkforceONE, your Local Workforce Development Board, is responsible for the development, implementation, and oversite of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) which was recently signed into law replacing the Workforce Investment Act. Federally funded employment and training programs including KANSASWORKS center programs, Vocational Rehabilitation programs, and Adult Education programs are authorized in WIOA. On behalf of the Kansas WorkforceONE Board we invite you and your local businesses to assist us in transforming the public workforce system in Western Kansas.

In order to achieve an employer-driven system in a 62-county region, we depend on the ongoing partnerships with area businesses and training institutions. Our workforce system must understand the needs for skilled workers and provide job seekers with access to quality education, skills training, and jobs. To build these "quality supplier/purchasing-agent" relationships the local workforce system must understand the needs of business and work with employers to solve workforce problems. We seek to design solutions that increase the "bottom line." Our first step in this process is to survey and listen to our customers which includes economic development entities, businesses of all sizes, and job seeker customers.

We have two ways to get involved in this process:


Employer Customer Survey:  English | Español -- This survey allows you to provide input that will be used to develop our strategic plan for Western Kansas.

Employer Listen Tour Events: Download Planning Event Schedule  -- During these events we will be listening to businesses' ideas and suggestions on how we can better serve.


Job Seeker Customer Survey:  English | Español  -- This survey allows you to provide input that will be used to develop our strategic plan for Western Kansas.

Customer Focus Group Events: Download Planning Event Schedule  -- During these events we will be listening to ideas and suggestions on how we can better serve.


Local Area I is comprised of 62 counties located in central and western Kansas.

As required by the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), the membership of the LWIB consists of representatives from business, education, rehabilitation services, public assistance agencies and public employment services.

Members of the LWIB represent organizations, agencies, or other entities and in compliance with the WIA, at least 51 percent of its members are from private businesses.


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PY2015 Kansas WorkforceONE Meeting Dates

1st Quarter Meeting
September 25, 2015
Great Bend, KS
2nd Quarter Meeting
December 4, 2015
Great Bend, KS
Kansas Workforce Summit
January 20-21, 2016
Topeka, KS
3rd Quarter Meeting
March 11, 2016
Great Bend, KS
4th Quarter Meeting
June 17, 2016
Great Bend, KS

Special Board Meeting
Conference Call
Approve Local Plan release for Public Comment
May 6, 2016 at 10am
To receive agenda and conference call information please call Admin Office


One-Stop Committee:

January 5, 2016 at 1:00pm
March 1, 2016 at 1:00pm
May 3, 2016 at 1:00pm
July 5, 2016 at 1:00pm

Operations Committee:

January 19, 2016 at 10:00am
March 15, 2016 at 10:00am
May 17, 2016 at 10:00am
July 19, 2016 at 10:00am

October 13, 2015 at 10:00am
December 8, 2015 at 10:00am
February 9, 2016 at 10:00am
April 12, 2016 at 10:00am
June 14, 2016 at 10:00am

Please contact administrative office for agenda and additional information.

Funding Policy Change

None at this time.

Public Notice

Youth IFB Public Notice

Strategic Plan Public Notice

WIOA Draft Plan for Comment  

New Member Orientation Tentative Dates

September 26, 2014
February 27, 2015


Personnel Application

Kansas WorkforceOne Personnel Application:
Download the Application

Strategic Plan

Local Area Strategic Plan
Download Document