The Kansas Department of Commerce and its partners have been awarded various workforce development grants over the past year to help train the Kansas workforce. Below is a summary of key grants, as well as related documents for each. Click on each grant for more information.
Engineering Skills OJT Grant
In November 2011, the Kansas Department of Commerce was awarded nearly $5 million for an Engineering Skills Training Grant by the U.S. Department of Labor. The grant can be used by employers for on-the-job training to support the hiring of new engineers. Employers have the potential to receive up to $25,000 per individual trainee based upon the number of hours each individual participates in training. In addition, the KANSAS
WORKS system will assist employers in the recruitment of these positions to ensure the outcomes of this grant are achieved.
Early Childhood Associated Apprenticeship Program ($629,580 over three years)
Awarded 2009; three-year performance period
The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) provided Commerce state set-aside dollars from the Child Development Block Grant to support state Registered Apprenticeship staff salaries and some administration. SRS dollars also cover tuition, books, and fees for the required Related Technical Instruction (RTI) for apprentices in the program (20 hours of early childhood college credit), the Child Development Associate (CDA) assessment costs, and a mentor stipend for 50-100 apprentices.
Solicitation of Grant Application (SGA)
Notice of Award
Kansas Health Profession Opportunity Project Grant ($15,335,480 over five years)
Awarded September 2010; five-year performance period
KHPOP partners will use these grant funds to provide healthcare education, training and employment for 500 TANF recipients and other low-income individuals statewide. The KHPOP features several innovative elements: career coaches, monetary incentives for GED completers, financial assistance for employers, high-definition video conferencing, Work Opportunity Tax Credit and Federal Bonding. Grant funds will additionally cover the salary of one project director and ten career coaches statewide.
Solicitation of Grant Application (SGA) Modification
Solicitation of Grant Application (SGA) Original
Notice of Award