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KANSASWORKS is the brand name for the statewide, public workforce system established through the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and includes multiple service locations:
     • More than twenty Workforce Centers
          - single point of entry to a network of
            employment, training, and educational
• Two Mobile Workforce Centers
- one state-operated; one locally-operated
     • Online at
          - free, self-service job matching system for
            jobseekers and employers

Kansas is separated into five local workforce investment areas—each with a local workforce investment board and one-stop operator responsible for workforce center operations.  The Kansas Department of Commerce Workforce Services Division administers state-level programs and the state workforce board—the KANSASWORKS State Board. 


In July of 2014, President Barack Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law on July 22, 2014. WIOA is 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. Congress passed the Act by a wide bipartisan majority; it is the first legislative reform in 15 years of the public workforce system.

Every year the key programs that form the pillars of WIOA help tens of millions of job seekers and workers to connect to good jobs and acquire the skills and credentials needed to obtain them. The enactment of WIOA provides opportunity for reforms to ensure the American Job Center system is job-driven—responding to the needs of employers and preparing workers for jobs that are available now and in the future.

WIOA supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and amends the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. In general, the Act takes effect on July 1, 2015, the first full program year after enactment, unless otherwise noted. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) will issue further guidance on the timeframes for implementation of these changes and proposed regulations reflecting the changes in WIOA soon after enactment.

The KANSASWORKS State Board serves as a review board and change agent empowered with the responsibility of making recommendations to the Governor and to state agencies to align workforce development with the needs of economic development in the state. 

The KANSASWORKS State Board plays an important role in bringing citizen involvement and engagement to the state's workforce development efforts and in providing strategic leadership for workforce development and local/regional leaders throughout the state.  The KWSB's strength is less in its statutorily-defined decision-making authority and more as a forum for policymakers, informed citizens and stakeholders to influence public policy for the improvement of the State's workforce. The structure and operations of the KWSB and committees and the active engagement of members are the keys to success.

KANSASWORKS State Board Meetings:              

January 19, 2017 * May 3, 2017 * August 2, 2017 * November 1, 2017



U.S. Department of Labor​

Kansas Department of Commerce

Kansas Department of Labor



Kansas Workforce Summit​  January 18 & 19, 2017





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