Technical training focused on workforce demand offers a value proposition to students, employers, and communities. Technical 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.

Workforce Link is a newsletter created especially for business and industry partners highlighting current workforce development activities and initiatives supporting a skilled Kansas workforce.

Kansas Postsecondary Technical Education Authority

Created by the Kansas Legislature in 2007, the Kansas Postsecondary Technical Education Authority (TEA), under the auspices of the Kansas Board of Regents, makes recommendations to the Regents regarding the coordination, statewide planning and improvements/enhancements to the postsecondary technical education system. The TEA is composed of 12 appointed members.

A listing of the current TEA members, the Strategic Plan and additional information regarding the TEA 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 interrelated goals and mutual dependency of economic development and workforce development. The Director of Workforce Training and Education Services serves as the liaison between the two agencies and connects Commerce workforce development programs and services to the postsecondary training system through special projects and leverages the postsecondary education system as a solution to current and future workforce needs. The Director maintains systematic communication between the agencies, the KANSASWORKS State Board, the Kansas Postsecondary Technical Education Authority, and the Workforce Investment Act program operators and vendors. The position serves both agencies as the lead communication manager working with Business and Industry committees and postsecondary program alignment in support of industry credentials.


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