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LWDB & CEOB Structure

The Local Workforce Development Board (LWDB) and the Chief Elected Officials Board (CEOB) serve very important roles within Heartland Works, Inc. programs and activities. The structure of these two boards is outlined below.

What is Kansas Local Area II?

The State of Kansas is divided into five Local Areas - Local Area II is the seventeen county region in Northeast Kansas. The counties are: Atchison, Brown, Clay, Doniphan, Douglas, Franklin, Geary, Jackson, Jefferson, Marshall, Nemaha, Osage, Pottawatomie, Riley, Shawnee, Wabaunsee and Washington. A map of Kansas Local Area designations is available on this web site.

What is the Chief Elected Officials Board (CEOB)?

The Chief elected Officials Board, typically are County commissioners and represent the seventeen counties in Northeast Kansas. The CEOB appoint Local Workforce Development Board Members. Local Area II CEOB Members are actively involved in the decision-making processes of the Local Workforce Development Board. The CEOB bylaws are available on this web site.

What is the Local Workforce Development Board (LWDB)?

The LWDB is responsible for implementing and overseeing a local workforce delivery system responsive to area conditions. As required by the WIOA, the membership of the LWDB consists of representatives from business, education, labor, rehabilitation services, public assistance agencies and public employment services. Members of the LWDB represent organizations, agencies, or other entities and in compliance with the WIOA, at least 51% of its members are from private businesses. The membership of the LWDB represents the seventeen county area. The LWDB bylaws are available on this web site.

What is the role of the LWDB and CEOB?

To demonstrate leadership, to be accountable for the delivery of quality publicly funded workforce services and to identify and manage workforce issues.

The LWDB and CEO Boards usually meet four times per year. These joint meetings are conducted to provide direction for the WIOA programs in Local Area II. This web site is the official Public Notification of all Local Area II Board of Directors meetings. All meetings are open to the public and information regarding the time, place and date of all Board meetings must be obtained by viewing this web site. A Tentative Meeting Schedule for joint LWDB/CEO Board Meetings is available on this web site.

What is Heartland Works, Inc.?

Heartland Works is a private not-for-profit 501(c)3 Kansas corporation that administers the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act program and is the One-Stop operator in Local Area II. Heartland Works, Inc. was selected by the LWDB and CEOB as the administrative entity and fiscal agent in Local Area II.

What is the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA)?

The Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act is a lengthy, complex bill built around five key principals: 1) Streamline services in a One-Stop environment that gives all job seekers a “no wrong door approach” to training. 2) Empower job seekers to chose training through the use of vouchers. 3) Provide universal access to the workforce development system. 4) Strengthen accountability through strict performance measures. 5) Ensure a strong leadership role for business through business-led boards. For more detail regarding the WIOA, an “Overview” of the Act is available on the Department of Labor web site. Joint Notices of Proposed Rulemaking for WIOA are available on the DOL web site at http://www.doleta.gov/WIOA/NPRM.cfm.

What is a One-Stop or Workforce Center?

Local Area II has four Workforce Centers: Junction City Workforce Center, Lawrence Workforce Center, Manhattan Workforce Center and the Topeka Workforce Center in the seventeen county region. A Workforce Center is a fully integrated seamless process whereby information about and access to, a wide array of job training, education and employment services are available to job seekers and employers. More detailed information about the Workforce Centers can be accessed at www.workforcecenters.com.

What does this mean for customers?

For JOB SEEKERS and workers, this means no longer having to fill out duplicate forms or travel from one location to another to receive services. For business and employers, it means easier access to job applicants, labor market information and specialized services. Everything in one place–all the job resources, technology and personal assistance people need in one place or through the Internet. Job seekers have free use of computers, copiers, faxes and other career and training resources. EMPLOYERS have access to interviewing accommodations, computer job-matching, electronic job postings, resume banks, recruitment assistance, conference rooms, computers, faxes, copiers and other employer services. All Workforce Centers have Employer Centers where employers have free use of copiers, faxes, interviewing accommodations and more.

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