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Employer Services

The Local Area I workforce system emphasizes a demand-centered model for service delivery, based on the skill demands of employers.

An employer-driven system places employers in the preferred customer group – meeting employer needs first is essential to meeting the needs of job seekers. Services that address the ever changing needs of business and industry, such as directing funds toward retraining current workers, help increase company productivity and profitability. This promotes increased stability and sustainability within the local economy.

This approach encourages employers to engage with the workforce system in leadership roles by serving on Boards. It also emphasizes the fact that regardless of where or how preparation takes place, all job seekers compete within a local labor market unless they move or commute.

If you are interested in serving on the Local Workforce Investment Board as a private sector member, please read the Board Member Job Description and contact Deb Scheibler, Executive Director, at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Local Area I Workforce Centers provide a variety of Workforce related services for Business and Industry. These services can be customized and tailored to meet Employer needs. A ‘One Stop’ system exists providing a ‘Gateway’ for Employers to acquire answers to their questions and solutions for their Workforce issues in a timely and comprehensive manner.

Kansas WorkforceONE is operating to ensure that the region will meet the workforce needs of current and prospective businesses.  Local Area I has a competitive workforce advantage that has been gained by building a successful collaboration between educators, government, and business and industry entities in the 62 county region of Western Kansas.  Gaining the National Career Readiness certification (Kansas WORKReady!) will ensure our workforce has the best skills and training, and we can guarantee current and prospective businesses that the talent they need to succeed now and in the future will be available. The map  shows each county and the number of NCRC obtained and their respective level. 

Rapid Response

Rapid Response services provide support for workers and employers facing layoffs to make the transition smoother for both. More info