Workforce Solutions

Workforce Solutions for Sumner County

The Sumner County Economic Development Commission is here to assist your business with your workforce needs. We will work with you to access training programs, conduct job fairs, post job openings, recruit employees and assist you with any other workforce needs you may have. We have a network of partner agencies to whom we can connect you as well. Please review the following information to give you a sample of the assistance that can be provided to your company.

Workforce Alliance

The Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that manages federal job training funds and oversees the workforce development system in south central Kansas.  (More...) Workforce Alliance maintains an office in Sumner County for the conveniece of our employers and citizens. The office is located at 107 South Washington Wellington, Kansas, with office hours being Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30-12:00 & 1:00-4:30. The phone number is 620-326-2659.

Kansas WORKReady! Certificate

Kansas WORKReady! is an initiative that uses WorkKeys® assessments to award Career Readiness Certificates to individuals to document their skills in: Applied Mathematics: Locating Information: Reading for Information.
WorkKeys is a reliable and nationally-validated assessment used to evaluate and analyze workplace skills. Thousands of jobs are "profiled" to identify skill levels necessary to perform each job. Skills measured by WorkKeys are transferable; skills necessary for most jobs. Tasks are based on workplace situations and do not require job-specific knowledge. (More...)

Career Technical Education initiative (Senate Bill 155)

In 2012, Governor Brownback launched a bold and innovative plan to enhance career technical education in Kansas and better prepare high school students for college and careers. Senate Bill 155 was the enacting legislation, and beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, Kansas high school students could qualify for free college tuition in approved technical courses offered at Kansas technical and community colleges.  Additionally, the program provides school districts with a $1,000 incentive for each high school student who graduates from that district with an industry-recognized credential in a high-need occupation.  Not only does this put the student on the fast track to a technical career, it also saves the family money on college tuition. (More...)

Kansas AllStar Scholars Fund/Exploration Place Science Education Project -The goal of the Science Education Project is to put increased focus on science, math and technology to all third and fourth grade classes in Sumner County elementary schools. ​

Kansas Industrial Retraining Program (KIR): 
The KIR job retention program provides grants to restructuring companies whose employees are likely to be displaced due to obsolete or inadequate job skills or knowledge. (More…)

Kansas Industrial Training Program (KIT): 
The KIT program provides funds to help new and expanding companies train workers for new jobs. (More…)

High Performance Incentive Program:
This program provides tax incentives to eligible employers that pay above-average wages and are committed to skills development for their workers. (More…)

Early Childhood Associate Apprenticeship Program: 
The Early Childhood Associate Apprenticeship Program is an innovative certification program that targets individuals working in the childhood care and education field. (More…)

Incumbent Worker Training: 
This program provides grants to employers to assist with certain expenses associated with skills upgrade training for full-time employees of the company. (More...)

Rapid Response: 
Rapid Response is a program designed to assist employers who are faced with staff reduction or layoff decisions.(More...)

Registered Apprenticeship: 
The Registered Apprenticeship program is designed to provide employers with a skilled workforce while training existing workers in the latest technologies without loss of production time. (More…)

Workforce Solutions Fund: 
The Workforce Solutions Fund allows the Secretary of Commerce to help post-secondary training institutions throughout the state respond more effectively to the needs of Kansas businesses. (More…)