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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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PY2016 Kansas WorkforceONE Meeting Dates

1st Quarter Meeting
September 23, 2016
Great Bend, KS
2nd Quarter Meeting
December 2, 2016
Great Bend, KS
Kansas Workforce Summit
January 18-19, 2017
Topeka, KS
3rd Quarter Meeting
March 10, 2017
Great Bend, KS
4th Quarter Meeting
June 16, 2017
Great Bend, KS


One-Stop Training Offerings:

Disability Awareness Training
30 People
10:00am to 3:00pm

September 20, 2016 – Great Bend
September 21, 2016 – Hays
March 14, 2017 – Garden City
March 15, 2017 – Salina

Mental Health First Aid
20 people
Cost $100 per person
10:00am to 3:00pm

September 28, 2016 and September 29, 2016 – Great Bend
March 22, 2017 and March 23, 2017 – Great Bend

Partner Cross-Training
40 maximum
9:00am to 4:00pm

November 15, 2016 – Great Bend
April 19, 2017 – Great Bend
July 19, 2017 – Great Bend

Business Service Training
30 People
10:00am to 3:00pm

November 16, 2016 – Great Bend
May 16, 2016 – Garden City



One-Stop Committee:

August 23, 2016 at 1:00 pm
October 11, 2016 at 1:00pm
December 13, 2016 at 1:00pm
February 14, 2017 at 1:00pm
April 11, 2017 at 1:00pm
June 13, 2017 at 1:00 pm

Operations Committee:

Sept. 13, 2016 at 10:00 am
November 18 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Youth Development Committee:

August 30, 2016 at 1:00 pm

Funding Policy Change
None at this time.

Public Notice

LWDB and CEOB Special Meeting
Conference Call
March 31, 2017 from 10am to 11am  

New Member Orientation Tentative Dates

None at this time.


Personnel Application

Kansas WorkforceOne Personnel Application:
Download the Application

Strategic Plan

Local Area Strategic Plan
Download Document