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



Free Training program for Assembly Mechanics to work at Spirit Aerosystems

The Workforce Centers and Spirit Aerosystems are partnering to assist in the training of Assembly Mechanics at no cost to applicants

This opportunity is available to the  first 40 individuals who earn the Aerospace Structures Basics Certificate and apply for the Assembly Mechanic position with Spirit Aerosystems.  These individuals will then be scheduled for interviews with the company.  For more details, including the process and job description, follow this link to Spirit’s website.

To begin the process, please visit your local Workforce Center.

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.

Wichita is Selected to Participate in National Job Quality Initiative


Wichita will assist local employers in changing their business practices to improve hiring, retention and engagement of frontline workers

WICHITA, KS (July 19, 2018) – The National Fund for Workforce Solutions announced it is awarding a $50,000 grant to Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas to advance job quality strategies in the manufacturing and construction industries. This is the second job quality grant the Workforce Alliance has received from the National Fund and builds upon $50,000 grant received in 2017.  The grant will enable local employers to incorporate new skill development strategies and /or business practices that will improve their competitiveness and result in better jobs for workers.  The Workforce Alliance was chosen from the National Fund for Workforce Solutions network of more than 30 communities to lead this innovative program.  Selected communities will develop and share successful approaches to improving the quality of frontline positions.

The National Fund’s Job Quality Initiative is focused on expanding the number of good jobs for American workers by promoting business practices and community investments that support workers and businesses.  National Fund collaborates will partner with companies to implement new hiring and training strategies that will enhance productivity and growth while improving key conditions for workers such as learning new skills, higher wages, better benefits, improved supervision, incentive bonuses, and opportunities for advancement.

“From our work with thousands of employers, we understand that a ‘good job’ is key for workers, companies and communities to succeed,” said Fred Dedrick, President and CEO of the National Fund. “By effectively hiring, training, engaging and empowering entry-level staff, companies create a competitive advantage.

Keith Lawing, President and CEO of the Workforce Alliance said, “Our staff are very diligent to provide opportunities to convene employers and local partners creating an environment for understanding what job seekers deem as valuable employment and how to institute practices that sustain them. We are excited to receive support and resources that further our work.”

A total of five cities were the most recent recipients selected to participate in the National Fund’s Job Quality Initiative.  The National Fund is now funding 10 communities across the country to participate in its Job Quality Initiative.  Each collaborative will be developing strategies tailored to their labor market, workface system, employer partners and unique challenges.

The Workforce Alliance (WA) formed PACES in 2008 when invited to join the National Fund as a regional collaborative site grantee.  Through PACES, the WA is building on strong relationships with local employers to elevate living-wage jobs with cross training and financial literacy tools for frontline employers and supervisor training for managers.

Under the management of the WA, PACES has developed into a mature, employer led system, securing investments totaling more than $3.5 million for the region, including over $2.3 million in direct grant funds competitively awarded since 2008.  Founding members and local funders of PACES include the United Way of the Plains, TECT Aerospace, Spirit AeroSystems, the Knight Foundation, and the City of Wichita.  Currently, Cox Machine, Mahaney Roofing and XLT Ovens are partners in the program.

The Workforce Alliance Local Workforce Development Board (WA) operates employment and training programs through the Workforce Center of South Central Kansas in Butler, Cowley, Sedgwick and Sumner Counties. For additional information on the Workforce Alliance please visit or call 316-771-6800.



Enrollment for the On-the-Job-Training Opportunities Made Possible by Boeing

The Boeing On-the-Job Training (OJT) Program is a grant made possible by The Boeing Company and awarded to the Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas by the National Fund for Workforce Solutions. The training programs will help manufacturing companies fill vacancies while advancing current employees to higher skilled and higher paying positions.

All training opportunities will be identified and provided by the employer, and any interested applicants must apply directly with one of the following five employer partners:

  • Cox Machine
  • GKN Aerospace
  • HM Dunn
  • TECT Aerospace
  • XLT Ovens

To be eligible, interested applicants must meet the following:

  1. Currently unemployed or underemployed (underemployed is defined as earning less than $12.02 per hour full time or $25,000 per year)
  2. Meet all employer required criteria for employment

Interested applicants must apply for an open position with one of the participating employers above.  For resume or application assistance, visit or call one of the Workforce Centers of South Central Kansas.


Workforce Alliance to Receive Grant for On-the-Job Training from Boeing


National Fund for Workforce Solutions announces that Wichita and two additional communities have been selected as grantees for the three-year on-the-job training program to bolster manufacturing workforce.

WICHITA, KS (July 5, 2018) – The National Fund for Workforce Solutions announced Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas is one of three grantees to receive $125,000 through the Preparation for Advanced Career Employment Systems (PACES) fund to address small and mid-sized suppliers’ need for skilled workers in manufacturing. The grants, made possible by The Boeing Company, will build off of The National Fund’s 2012-2014 Boeing On-The-Job (OJT) Project which identified the best practices of job training and career advancement in manufacturing. The training programs will help manufacturing companies fill vacancies while advancing current employees to higher skilled and higher paying positions.
The Workforce Alliance was chosen from the National Fund for Workforce Solutions network of more than 30 communities to lead this innovative program,
“Unemployment in manufacturing is hitting record lows nationwide,” said Fred Dedrick, CEO and President of The National Fund. “Employers are struggling to fill openings and workers want family-sustaining jobs with the opportunity to grow professionally. With Boeing’s OJT Project, the National Fund can help their regional collaboratives work to assist both employers’ needs for skilled staff and ensure that workers are given access to quality jobs.
“Newly trained job seekers are finding it difficult to gain employment with little job experience,” says Keith Lawing, CEO of the Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas. “This grant will be used to help jump start their careers as they gain job experience using their new skill sets and provide an answer for employers needing to fill vacancies.”

A total of five cities will be participating in the program to include Chicago, Philadelphia, and Wichita. Two additional cities will be selected in 2019. Each collaborative will be designing job training strategies tailored to their labor market, employer partner and unique needs.

Media Contact:
Workforce Alliance
Amanda Duncan
Phone: 316.771.6661

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