Youth Career Services

Supplying Long Term Skilled Workers

The vision of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is to ensure a long-term supply of skilled workers and leaders in local communities

WIOA  is committed to providing high quality services for youth and young adults beginning with career exploration and guidance, continued support for educational attainment, opportunities for skills training in in-demand industries and occupations, and culminating with a good job along a career pathway or enrollment in post-secondary education.

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Our Services

Local Area I Workforce Centers provide a variety of Workforce related services for Business and Industry. These services can be customized and tailored to meet Employer needs. A ‘One Stop’ system exists providing a ‘Gateway’ for Employers to acquire answers to their questions and solutions for their Workforce issues in a timely and comprehensive manner.

Dropout Prevention

Dropout Prevention

Tutoring, Study Skills Training, Instruction, and Dropout Prevention activities that lead to completion of a high school diploma or recognized equivalent.


Occupational Skills Training-2

Occupational Skills Training

An organized program of study that provides specific skills and leads to proficiency in an occupational field.


Work Experience (2)

Work Experiences

Paid and Unpaid Work Experience

is a structured learning experience in a workplace and provides opportunities for career exploration and skill development   


Guidance & Counseling

Guidance and Counseling

Provides individualized counseling to participants, including drug/alcohol and mental health counseling.



Financial Literacy

Financial Literacy

Provides youth with the knowledge and skills they need to achieve long-term financial stability.



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Leadership Development

Encourages responsibility, confidence, employability, self-determination, and other positive social behaviors.



Additional Services

Customer Focused Services

WIOA calls for customer-focused services based on the needs of the individual participant. This includes the creation of career pathways for youth in all title I youth programs, including a connection to career pathways as part of a youth's individual service strategy in the youth formula-funded program. In addition, many services under title I youth programs are based on the individual needs of participants. WIOA also calls for this population to be intimately involved in the design and implementation of services so the youth voice is represented and their needs are being met.

This integrated vision also applies to the workforce system's other shared customer-employers. By repositioning youth as an asset to employers with a need for skilled workers, the value of employers engaging the youth workforce system and programs is enhanced. Employers are critical partners that provide meaningful growth opportunities for young people through work experiences that give them the opportunity to learn and apply skills in real-world setting and ultimately jobs that young people are ready to fill given the opportunity.

Information and Resources

Eligibility Requirements

Local Area 1 provides supporting program services for the following adult and dislocated worker programs:

Meet With A Youth Employment Specialist

If you are interested in receiving services from the WIOA Title I Youth program, please use the link below to apply.

Career Success Workbook

The Career Success Workbook is a helpful guide to help prepare you for employment.

Financial Literacy Workbook

The Financial Literacy workbook is to help you build a better financial future for you and your family.

Job Search Workbook

The Job Search Workbook is to provide you with the essential steps and paperwork necessary for job searching.

Job Seeker Satisfaction Survey

Please tell us about the services you received from the Workforce Center staff. The results from this survey will be tallied and provided to the Kansas WorkforceONE Board of Directors to improve services provided in Local Area I. The Kansas WorkforceONE Board may contact you to follow-up on the results provided in this survey. Company information will be kept confidential and results will not be tied to individual respondents.

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Job Seeker Resources

In addition, WIOA includes a major focus on providing youth with work experience opportunities. WIOA prioritizes work experiences with the requirement that local areas must spend a minimum of 20 percent of local area funds on work experience. Under WIOA, work experience becomes the most important of the program elements. 

WIOA also introduces five new program elements: Financial literacy; entrepreneurial skills training; services that provide labor market and employment information about in-demand industry sectors or occupations available in the local areas; activities that help youth prepare for and transition to post-secondary education and training; and education offered concurrently with and in the same context as workforce preparation activities and training for a specific occupation or occupational cluster. 

WIOA enhances the youth program design through an increased emphasis on individual participant needs by adding new components to the objective assessment and individual service strategy. WIOA incorporates career pathways as part of both the objective assessment and development of the individual service strategy. In addition, the individual service strategy must directly link to one or more of the performance indicators. The program design under WIOA also includes effective connections to employers, including small employers, in in-demand industry sectors and occupations.

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