Norfolk Iron & Metal is leading the way when it comes to growing their local workforce. They partnered with Southeast KANSASWORKS to utilize the Kansas Registered Apprenticeship Program and signed the first apprentice into the program in Emporia. Through this program, Norfolk Iron & Metal will receive up to a $3,000 reimbursement for related technical training in order to train a new Shipping & Receiving Clerk.

The Kansas Registered Apprenticeship Program balances a unique partnership between job seekers and employers. The program incorporates classroom studies through On-the-Job Training, supervised by a skilled employee. The customizable program improves the skills and competencies of apprentices, in turn, leading to their higher productivity rate.

There are currently over 1,300 different occupations that qualify for Registered Apprenticeship. If you own a business, having an apprentice helps build a qualified workforce with the exact skilled needed to fill your job openings and reduce employee turnover. If you have questions about the Kansas Registered Apprenticeship Program or would like to take advantage of this service, contact Southeast KANSASWORKS in Emporia, Kansas at 620.342.3355 or stop by the office at 215 W. 6th Ave Suite 107, Emporia, KS 66839.

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Debbie Cherry Awarded Volunteer of the Year Award

Debbie Cherry, Workforce Specialist for the Pittsburg Workforce Center, was given the Volunteer of the Year award last night at the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet. Congratulations, Debbie!

Lana Davis Recognized for 30 Years of Service to the State of Kansas

Lana Davis, TAA Case Manager for the Emporia Workforce Center, was recognized for her 30 years of service to the State of Kansas. Congratulations, Lana!

First Spanish Translator Apprentice in the State of Kansas

Flint Hills Community Health center has partnered with Southeast KANSASWORKS to utilize the Kansas Registered Apprenticeship Program to sign the first Spanish Translator apprentice in the entire State of Kansas. Through this program, Flint Hills Community Health...


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.


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

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