Chief Elected Officials Meeting Notice

Meeting Notice
Elected Officials Meeting

May 16, 2019 10:00 a.m.
Wichita Workforce Center
2021 N Amidon, Suite 1100
Wichita, KS 67203

The Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas (WA), the Local Workforce Development Board for Kansas Local Area IV (LAIV), is requesting participation in the development of a new Chief Elected Officials Board as part of the implementation of the Federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).  Counties through their elected officials carry out required duties of WIOA and those duties will be discussed at the meeting.   Elected Officials from municipalities are encouraged to participate but not required.  The WA is hosting a meeting for elected officials from the six counties and all the municipalities in LAIV.  LAIV consists of the counties of Butler, Cowley, Harper, Kingman Sedgwick and Sumner. Questions or requests for meeting materials can be directed to Laura Rainwater at 316-771-6613 or



Workforce Alliance Releases Three Different Request for Proposals

The Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas has released three request for proposals.  All proposals are available 12/28/2018 and close on 2/1/2019.

The requests are for the following services/equipment.

  • Website Development, Hosting and Maintenance
  • Customer Check In Management System
  • Office Copiers

The requests can be found at

Information and details can be found in the RFP documents.

For questions please send an email to and or via phone at 316-771-6602.

Request for Proposals for A-133 Audit Services

Kansas Association of Workforce Boards

The Kansas Association of Workforce Boards made up of the five Local Area Workforce Development Boards in Kansas, are accepting bids from qualified entities to provide audit services. RFP’s will be available for distribution on April 11, 2018. To receive a “Request for Proposal” including all specifications, please contact Chad Pettera via voice at 316-771-6602 or via email at The RFP and associated documents are available for download at  Deadline for pre-bid questions is by 5:00pm April 20. Pre-Bid Conference is 10:00am April 25.  Bids must be received no later than 12:00 pm Friday, May 11. The Kansas Association of Workforce Boards welcomes all interested parties to bid and reserves the right to accept or reject any or all applications received, or to negotiate with qualified bidder

Workforce Alliance Receives $5,995,327 America’s Promise Grant

Workforce Alliance Receives $5,995,327 America’s Promise Grant

Wichita, KS  –  The Workforce Alliance of South Central (WA) Kansas has been awarded a $5,995,327 four year America’s Promise grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

The America’s Promise grant, or Kansas Advanced Manufacturing Program (KAMP), will support tuition free skills training, develop work-based learning opportunities and on-the-job training to prepare participants for careers in the aviation and advanced manufacturing industries. KAMP is designed to move low-wage and underemployed workers to high-paying manufacturing careers. “The Workforce Alliance is pleased to be awarded the America’s Promise grant,” said Keith Lawing, president and CEO Workforce Alliance of South Central KS. “The need for skilled manufacturing workers exists among employers across the region and this project can help close a skills gap for many job seekers.”

The WA will partner with Spirit AeroSystems, Wichita Area Technical College (WATC), Wichita State University, Hutchinson Community College, The Greater Wichita Partnership, Textron Aviation, XLT Ovens, JR Custom Metals, Flint Hill Industries, the Lowen Corporation, the Bradbury Group, the Kansas Department of Commerce and Kansas WorkforceOne to administer the grant throughout Butler, Cowley, Harper, Harvey, Kingman, Marion, McPherson, Reno, Sedgwick and Sumner Counties.

“Wichita Area Technical College is proud to be a collaborative educational partner in the America’s Promise grant,” said Sheree Utash, president Wichita Area Technical College.  “We look forward to working with the advanced manufacturing industry, Workforce Alliance and others to provide tuition assistance and training for students with an earn and learn component that will connect well-paying manufacturing jobs to employers.”

“The economic vitality of Spirit depends on our ability to hire skilled workers,” said Justin Welner, Spirit AeroSystems vice president, human resources and EH&S. “A major challenge the aircraft industry faces is a significant shortage of workers with technical skills. Manufacturing plays a key role in helping to drive the region’s business success, for continued economic growth of our communities.”

The local 10 county region is one of 23 regional partnerships across the United States to receive funding through the America’s Promise grant which totals more than $111 million and will connect more than 21,000 Americans to education and in-demand jobs. More information on the grant can be found at

WA staff will be working with officials from the USDOL over the next few weeks on the details to implement KAMP. It is anticipated the project will be operating in early 2017.

The Workforce Alliance is the Administrative Entity, One Stop Operator, and Program Administrator for Local Area IV in Kansas, which includes the counties of Butler, Cowley, Harper, Kingman, Sedgwick and Sumner.  Operations for Local Area IV are directed by the Local Workforce Investment Board (LWIB). The daily operations of the LWIB are carried out by a professional staff, led by a President and Chief Executive Officer. For additional information on the Workforce Alliance please visit