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Request for Comment
Local Area I WIOA Strategic and Operational Plan


The Local Area I Workforce Development Board (LWDB) invites comment on the Kansas WorkforceONE Local Area 1 WIOA Strategic Plan Modifications from December 14, 2017 to December 27, 2017; all comments must be received by 5:00pm on December 27, 2017. To access the modifications to the plan electronically please visit www.kansasworkforceone.org. To access a physical copy of the plan please contact the LWDB office at 785-493-8018. Comments may be submitted by email at  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .




Local Area I Workforce Development Board d.b.a. Kansas WorkforceONE, 631 E. Crawford, Suite 206, Salina, KS 67401 is accepting bids from qualified entities to provide youth services to youth clients through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act in Local Area I of Kansas. Services include but are not limited to: tutoring, study skills, leadership development, mentoring, counseling, dropout prevention and alternative secondary education. To receive an Invitation For Bid (IFB) including all specifications, please call (785) 493-8018 or download from the Kansas WorkforceONE website at www.kansasworkforceone.org. Bids can be submitted at any time. The Local Area I Workforce Development Board welcomes all interested entities to bid. The LWDB reserves the right to accept or reject any or all applications received, or to negotiate with qualified bidders.

Fatherhood Program

Kansas WorkforceONE is collaborating with Saint Francis Community Services, Inc and their delivery of the National Fatherhood Initiative.  WorkforceONE is responsible for working with participants to assist with the improvement of their economic stability and mobility.  Kansas WorkforceONE's Fatherhood Career Coach receives referrals for program participants and then meets with them to complete career & interest assessments, identify barriers, provide career counseling, refer to partner services, and connect with occupational skills training, work experience, and on-the-job training through WIOA. 

End-Dependence Kansas (EDK)

The Mission of the End-Dependence program is to empower Kansans with disabilities to achieve self-reliance through competitive, integrated employment. The Kansas WorkforceONE End-Dependence Program utilizes the Progressive Employment model with a focus on serving persons with disabilities who are exiting Kansas Correctional facilities.  As a contracting provider for Vocational Rehabilitation, we are charged with implementing this model in our area.  The Vermont Progressive Employment Model is a strategy for populations that have little or no work history, low skill levels, and other barriers to employment, such as corrections.  A key principle of the model is that everyone is ready for something which eliminates the construct of candidates needing to be "job ready".  Service options through this model include short-term work experiences, practice interviews, company tours, job shadowing, OJT, and possible partnerships with temporary employment agencies.   

Disability Employment Initiative (DEI)

The Disability Employment Initiative is a partnership with the Kansas Department of Commerce and Kansas WorkforceONE to work together to serve adults with disabilities. This is accomplished through a continuum of services that are designed to meet challenges in the pursuit of education and employment in an effort to become self-sufficient.  Specifically, DEI identifies disabled individuals through disability focused organizations, SSI/SSDI, the VA, and other related organizations.  Kansas WorkforceONE's Disability Resource Navigator and staff create Integrated Resource Teams to ensure that persons identified with having a disability will have full access to services offered by establishing a support team with partners involved to identify and secure training and employment opportunities.  

Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS)

As a result of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, the Department for Children and Families recently launched a program called Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS), to further its efforts to help Kansans with disabilities gain meaningful employment. Pre-ETS services are designed to help youth with disabilities get an early start at job exploration, assist students with disabilities in making the transition from secondary to post-secondary education/training and to empower them to realize their full potential.   In order to implement paid work-based learning experiences, Rehabilitation Services has established partnerships which include Kansas WorkforceONE.  These partnerships, which leverage the expertise of the workforce centers and the Pre-ETS program services, implements a wrap-around approach to assist youth with disabilities in gaining work experience. 


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