Make an Impact – Join Our Board

We are currently seeking board members from the private business sector to be a part of our Southeast KANSASWORKS, Inc., Local Workforce Development Board.

Board members are key to identifying the in-demand occupations, skill gaps and current and future skill shortages to ensure we have a prepared workforce in our local area.

We are also seeking volunteers to serve on the Youth, Labor Market/Demand Occupations and One Stop Operator/Operations standing committees. Standing committees include non-members of the local board who have appropriate experience and expertise for the task of the committee

If you are interested in learning more about our board or standing committee opportunities, we invite you to fill out our contact form.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the LWDB?

The Local Area V Workforce Development Board (LWDB) was established through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) in 1998, which was superseded by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) on July 22, 2014.

WIOA is a federally funded program designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy.

WIOA funded programs and services are provided through the Southeast KANSASWORKS Workforce Center and community partners, under the policy and guidance of the Local Area V LWDB.

What are the LWDB's primary responsibilities?

Representatives of Business:

  • A minimum of 51% of the membership shall be representatives of business in the local area who are owners of businesses, chief executive or operating officers of businesses, and other business executives or employers with optimum policymaking or hiring authority, and
  • Represent businesses, including small business or organizations representing businesses with employment opportunities that provide that, at a minimum, include:
    • High-quality, work-relevant training and development in high demand industry sectors or occupations in the local area, and
  • Are to be appointed from among individuals (plural) nominated by local business organizations and business trade associations;

Representatives of the Workforce:

  • A minimum of 20% of the membership shall include representatives of the workforce (workers) in the local area who:
    • Shall include representatives (plural) of labor organizations nominated by local labor federations in local areas where employees are represented by labor organizations.
      • If no employee is represented by a labor organization in the local area, other representatives of employees. and
    • Shall include a representative from a joint labor-management apprenticeship program in the local area who shall be a labor organization representative or training director.
      • If no such program exists, a representative of a Registered Apprenticeship program in the local area, if such a program exists.
  • May include (optional) representatives of organizations with demonstrated experience and expertise in addressing the employment, training or education needs of WIOA eligible youth, including out of school youth.

Representatives (plural) of Education and Training:

  • Each local board shall include representatives of entities administering education and training activities in the local area who:
    • Shall include a representative of eligible providers administering adult education and literacy activities under WIOA title II, and
    • Shall include a representative of institutions of higher education providing workforce activities (including community colleges), and
    • May include (optional) representatives of local educational agencies and community – based organizations with demonstrated experience and expertise in addressing the education or training needs of individuals with barriers to employment.

Representatives of Government, Economic and Community Development

  • Each board shall include members of governmental and economic and community development 3 entities serving the local area who:
    • Shall include a representative of economic and community development entities, and ii. Shall include an appropriate representative from the State employment service office under the Wagner-Peyser Act serving the local area, and iii.
    • Shall include an appropriate representative of the programs carried out under Title I of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (other than section 112 or part C) serving the local area, and
    • May include (optional) representatives of local agencies or entities administering programs related to transportation, housing and public assistance, and v. May include (optional) representative of philanthropic organizations serving the local area.

Discretionary Representatives

  • Each local board may include such other individuals as the CEOB may determine to be appropriate as long as there is a 51% business majority
Who can serve on the Local Workforce Development Board?
  • A minimum of 51% of the membership shall be representatives of business in the local area who are owners of businesses, chief executive or operating officers of businesses, and other business executives or employers with optimum policymaking or hiring authority, and
  • Represent businesses, including small business or organizations representing businesses with employment opportunities that provide that, at a minimum, include:
    • High-quality, work-relevant training and development in high demand industry sectors or occupations in the local area, and
  • Are to be appointed from among individuals (plural) nominated by local business organizations and business trade associations;
LWDB Strategic Local Plan Goals

Goal #1
Foster a dynamic, collaborative, and ever-improving workforce development system in which employers and individuals have ready access to a network of information and services responsive to there unique employment needs.

Goal #2
Provide local area residents with access to the literacy, education, vocational rehabilitation programs, and workplace skills necessary for self-sufficient employment and advancement.

Goal #3
Empower Southeast Kansas youth with the knowledge, skills, and behaviors necessary for employment and economic independence in high-skilled, high-wage careers, and lifelong learning.

Goal #4
Implement an operational, system-wide set of performance measures to monitor, evaluate, and improve the effectiveness and accountability of employment, education, and training programs.

How is the Local Workforce Development Board funded?

State and federal dollars fund the Local Workforce Development Board. The LWDB addresses issues of funding, including the creation of private/ public partnerships to apply for competitive grants.

I'm interested in becoming involved in the LWDB. What do I do?

The LWDB wants to hear from highly qualified business leaders interested in future service. If you are interested in learning more about our board or standing committee opportunities, we invite you to fill out our contact form.

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SOUTHEAST KANSASWORKS
UPCOMING EVENTS

Wed 26

Manufacturing Job Fair

September 26 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thu 27

LifeWorks Workshop – September 27-28, 2018

September 27 - September 28
Thu 27

Hiring Event – ResCare Residential Services

September 27 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Oct 25

Southeast KANSASWORKS, Inc. is one of five Workforce Development Areas in Kansas
designated by the Governor under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

We serve the residents of 17 Kansas counties: Allen, Anderson, Bourbon, Coffey,
Chautauqua, Cherokee, Crawford, Elk, Greenwood, Labette,
Linn, Lyon, Miami, Montgomery, Wilson, and Woodson

American Job Centers are located in

Emporia, Chanute, Independence, Paola and Pittsburg.

In partnership with

 

Southeast KANSASWORKS, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Program-Auxiliary
aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.