Coffey County's excellent schools, kindergarten through senior high school, are un-paralleled by any other county in the state. Our facilities, with a variety of educational programs, services and highly trained professional staff, all provide a strong indication of community support. Educational programs are also available for pre-kindergarten children. The education resources for business/industrial training include computer classes, courses in business/management and machine training for specific equipment. All in all, this creative environment really makes the grade.
Coffey County's elementary schools place strong emphasis on the mastery of basic academic skills and a competent support staff is available to assist with special needs and interests of children. The county's upper elementary/junior high schools offer a gradual transition from self-contained classrooms to departmentalized classrooms according to subject area. The county's high schools offer their students a well-balanced curriculum in both academic and vocational skill areas. Approximately 90% of the county's graduating seniors continue their education in colleges, universities and technical schools. Evening adult education courses are offered at Coffey County schools through Allen County Community College in Iola and Flint Hills Technical College at Emporia.
Day Care facilities are represented by 2 centers, 3 group day care home, 13 licensed day care homes, 12 registered day care homes and 2 pre-schools. Tax credits are offered against Kansas income tax liability for businesses providing child day care services to employees. These credits apply to taxpayers who pay for or provide child day care services for their employees or that provide facilities and necessary equipment for child day care services.
Employers' needs are met with special training programs through area technical and community colleges.
Emporia State University - Emporia/45 miles
High School Graduates
Training and Workforce Services
The State of Kansas dedicates resources for employers to train and retrain employees and provides significant employment assistance in delivering a skilled workforce. Our Workforce Services Division is located in our Department of Commerce; as a result, companies are receiving more value than ever from our workforce training programs and KANSASWORKS workforce services. Companies new to Kansas or Kansas businesses needing to expand or restructure may qualify for assistance under one of our workforce training programs. These flexible programs offer:
Training Tailored for Business Results
The Department of Commerce offers professional consultations and a variety of options at no cost to assist your workforce training and employment needs. Whether you are training a start-up workforce, adding new jobs or retraining current employees with new skills, Commerce has resources to help you.
The Department adds value to companies doing business in Kansas by providing more options than ever. We can help you recruit and screen employees with competencies required for success in your company. Our Workforce Services Division is developing a growing reservoir of business-relevant training expertise within educational institutions tailored to help your company achieve results.
The Department of Commerce collaborates with you to design a unique training plan to meet the specific skill sets you require of your employees. When appropriate, we can offer financial assistance to offset your firm's training costs through the most appropriate Kansas training program. A profile of each of these programs, eligibility criteria and information concerning how to apply for assistance is provided in a summary table later in this section.
The best news is that this list of services is by no means comprehensive. Our workforce services system is designed to ensure Kansas can continue to provide you with the qualified employees you need.
State Training Institutions
Kansas' public training institutions have developed strong partnerships with businesses throughout the state. We can offer your business hundreds of existing training programs or design one to meet your needs through 26 technical and community colleges and seven universities. Many companies have taken advantage of these valuable resources for standardized or customized workforce training.
Community and technical colleges serve business and industry directly through short-term programs for adults seeking competency-based instruction in order to meet the skill requirements of your company.
Institutions also provide occupational technical training for secondary, postsecondary and adult participants. One-third of community college students are enrolled in technical programs.
By partnering with a postsecondary training institution to combine classroom and on-the-job training, your employees are able to receive credentials in nationally recognized Registered Apprenticeship programs. Registered Apprenticeship is a proven method for improving skills, knowledge, worker quality and employee retention. Seventy-five percent of Registered Apprenticeship sponsoring employers in Kansas are non-union employers. USDOL grant funding is currently available for Related Technical Instruction provided to dislocated workers hired in specific areas of the state.
State universities play a key role in Kansas' economic development strategy, particularly in the crucial areas of research and continuing education. Our seven state universities award approximately 14,000 bachelors, 5,000 masters and nearly 1,200 doctoral degrees each year.
For More Information Contact:
Note: Every effort is made to insure the information provided on these pages is timely and correct. However, users should keep in mind that this information is provided only as a public convenience. In any case, where legal reliance on information is required, the official records of Coffey County should be consulted.