Education focused on workforce needs offers a value proposition to students, employers, and communities. Postsecondary education and training prepares individuals with high skills for better careers and personal enrichment, provides employers with on-demand availability of skilled workers, and supplies industry with a steady pipeline of talent development for higher quality of life for Kansans.
The Workforce Development unit focuses efforts and resources to prepare workers for careers in Kansas’ highest-priority fields, such as health care, advanced manufacturing/aviation, energy, and health sciences. Education and training in these critical industries will help ensure a strong Kansas economy long into the future. Successful workforce development programs improve our learners’ employability and earnings potential and continued profitability for employers. The Workforce Development unit:
- serves as the link between higher education and the workforce and economic needs vital to local communities and the state;
- fosters economic development in the state by providing leadership in defining and advocating statewide economic development initiatives;
- partners with the Kansas Department of Commerce and Kansas Department of Labor to develop an integrated education and workforce training system that unifies efforts, produces highly skilled workers, and leverages resources to aligned priority needs and maximize benefits;
- supports college partners as they provide high-quality, cost effective, short-term, career-relevant training solutions, as well as academic programs and certifications aligned with the needs of today's employers.
Kansas Postsecondary Technical Education Authority
The Kansas Postsecondary Technical Education Authority (TEA) was established by the Kansas Legislature in 2007. As delineated through legislation, the TEA functions under the auspices of the Kansas Board of Regents and makes recommendations to the Regents regarding the coordination, statewide planning, and improvements/enhancements to the postsecondary technical education system in Kansas. The TEA is comprised of 12 appointed members. A listing of current members, meeting dates, meeting agendas/minutes, and strategic priorities can be found here.
Kansas Department of Commerce Partnership
Agency leadership at the Kansas Department of Commerce and the Kansas Board of Regents recognize the link between economic development and workforce development. The Director of Workforce Training and Education serves as the liaison between the two agencies and structurally connects Commerce workforce and economic development programs and services to the postsecondary training system.
- HANDOUT: Career Pathways (pdf)