Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas Receives Grant through Midwest Urban Strategies Partnership to Recruit, Retrain Dislocated Workers

WICHITA (May 13, 2019) — The Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas (WA) has been awarded $1.08 million as part of a $7.85 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor in collaboration with the Midwest Urban Strategies (MUS) partnership.  The grant is Trade and Economic Transition Dislocated Worker funding to assist individuals who have been laid off to reconnect with new employment opportunities in high-growth occupations and industries. Other workforce boards and organizations funded through the grant include MUS partners in Cleveland, Columbus, Gary, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, and the Council for Adult Experiential Learning.

The funding will be used to coordinate and implement a regional strategy to recruit workers that have experienced a dislocation in sectors negatively impacted by technology and automation. Specifically, partners will use Registered Apprenticeship, On-the-Job, Classroom Training, Customized Training, and other “earn while you learn” tools to develop clearly articulated best practice strategies and tactics to engage and retrain dislocated workers with new skill sets and gain reemployment in high growth sectors including Healthcare, Transportation and Logistics, Information Technology, Financial Services, and Advanced Manufacturing.    

Individuals from South Central Kansas who have been impacted by layoff and are interested in retraining through this grant should inquire in person at any Workforce Center of South Central Kansas location, including Wichita, El Dorado, Wellington or Winfield, or call 316-771-6800 or 877-509-6757.

The Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas is the Local Workforce Development Board for Area IV of Kansas and operates employment and training programs through the Workforce Centers of South Central Kansas with locations in Butler, Cowley, Sedgwick and Sumner Counties. For additional information on the Workforce Alliance or Workforce Centers, please visit

Midwest Urban Strategies represents a coordinated effort on behalf of 13 Department of Labor urban workforce development boards across the Midwest to marry traditional workforce development practices with economic development. Through intentional collaboration, leveraging stakeholders and efficient and creative use of resources, our strategy is to retain and grow local talent and generate a greater return on investment for our employer partners and the workforce system. As representatives from urban epicenters in the Midwest, the challenges and opportunities experienced by serving diverse populations – culturally, socially, and economically, require a unique set of strategies and tactics to connect people to the changing expectations and needs of employers. For more information visit or follow MUS on Twitter @midwestworkers