There are four universities in a 60 mile radius – The University of Kansas, Kansas State University, Emporia State University and Washburn University – with a combined enrollment of 60,000 and over 12,000 graduates per year. Pairing that with the comprehensive educational system in Topeka and Shawnee County creates a pipeline of skilled workers for area businesses and companies looking to grow or relocate to Topeka.


Public Schools

The Greater Topeka area is served by six public school districts.

The six public school districts in Topeka/Shawnee County offer curricula that reflect current educational trends and technology for preschool through high school graduation. Computer labs, up-to-date science labs, interdisciplinary team teaching, award winning debate and library programs and championship athletic programs.

Topeka Public Schools (USD #501)

624 W 24th Street
Topeka, Kansas 66611
2013-2014 total enrollment: 13,458
General Area: Topeka

18 elementary (K – 5)
6 middle schools (6 – 8)
3 high schools. (9 – 12)
5 other schools reaching students
outside mainstream K-12

Seaman Schools (USD #345)

901 NW Lyman Road
Topeka, Kansas 66608
2013-2014 total enrollment: 3,951
General Area: North of Topeka

5 elementary (K – 6)
1 middle school (7 – 8)
1 high school (9 – 12)
1 alternative school (7-12)

Silver Lake Schools (USD #372)

200 Rice Road
PO Box 39
Silver Lake, Kansas 66539
2013-2014 total enrollment: 728
General Area: northeast of Topeka

1 elementary (K – 6)
1 junior-senior high school (7 – 12)

Auburn-Washburn Schools (USD #437)

5928 SW 53rd Street
Topeka, Kansas 66610
2013-2014 total enrollment: 6,055
General Area: southwest of Topeka

7 elementary (K – 6)
1 middle school (7 – 8 grades)
1 high school (9-12)
1 alternative high school

Shawnee Heights Schools (USD #450)

4401 SE Shawnee Heights Road
Tecumseh, Kansas 66542
2013-2014 total enrollment: 3,250
General Area: Southeast of Topeka

4 elementary (Pre-K – 6)
1 middle school (7 – 8)
1 high school (9-12)

Kaw Valley Schools (USD #321)

411 W Lasley
St. Marys, Kansas 66536
2013-2014 total enrollment: 1,282
General Area: northwest of Topeka, includes schools in Rossville (Shawnee County), and St. Marys, Delia, and Emmett (other counties).

3 elementary
2 junior/senior high schools


Workforce Talent

Every attempt has been made to provide current, accurate, and consistent data in this database. There may be some differences due to sources, methodologies, or timing of data-assembly.

October 2017 Labor Report

GTEP45DriveMap2TOPEKA, Kan. – Preliminary estimates reported by the Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) and Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.6 percent in October. This was up from 3.8 percent in September and down from 4.3 percent in October 2016.

“In October, 3,383 additional Kansans became employed,” said Kansas Secretary of Labor, Lana Gordon. “This grew the labor force and factored into the unemployment rate dropping to 3.6 percent, the lowest it has been since August 200.”

Seasonally adjusted job estimates indicate total Kansas nonfarm jobs decreased by 1,700 from September. Private sector jobs, a subset of total nonfarm jobs, increased by 1,700 from the previous month.

“The net change for total nonfarm job estimates in October was relatively small, decreasing by 0.1 percent over the month,” said Labor Economist Emilie Doerksen. “One industry contributing to this loss was retail trade. Following national trends, retailers in Kansas hired fewer seasonal workers than expected in October.”

Since October 2016, Kansas lost 5,200 seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs and 4,700 private sector jobs.

For the full news release click here.



Specialized Technical Programs

GO Topeka continues working to achieve our mission of bringing prosperity to the citizens of Topeka & Shawnee County by bringing high-quality companies and jobs to our community and working to expand and grow our existing industries. We’re providing opportunities for our workforce that have never existed before.

The Advanced Systems Technology and Manufacturing Technology programs at Washburn Tech provide career training that enables you to be the workforce of the future, earning excellent pay and benefits. With a flexible curriculum and a short time frame for completion, this is an excellent chance to jumpstart your career with many companies in Topeka and Shawnee County.

Washburn Tech also proudly partners with a number of area businesses to create customized training programs. These programs are highly successful and continue to grow!


WorkKeys Testing

WorkKeys assessments measure “real world” skills that employers believe are critical to job success. Test questions are based on situations in the everyday work world.  The purpose of WorkKeys assessments allows potential job candidates the ability to demonstrate achievement and a certain level of workplace employability skills for potential employers.

Topeka and Shawnee County participate in the  Kansas WORKReady! Certificate, a statewide initiative designed to certify a quality workforce and promote economic development in our community.  The certificate, powered by WorkKeys, a product of ACT, Inc. is a nationally recognized assessment-based credential that gives employers and job seekers a uniform measure of key workplace skills. The certificate denotes that the certificate holder possesses the foundational skills required to achieve success in the workplace. It is a portable credential, allowing job seekers and employers to use it anywhere in the nation.

There are four levels of certification: platinum, gold, silver and bronze. To earn a KansasWORKReady! Certificate, individuals undergo testing related to reading, applied math and locating information through the WorkKeys skills assessment system. The level of certificate earned depends on the recipient’s scores on the WorkKeys exam.

WORKReady! Resources for Businesses and Employers


Kansas Unemployment Insurance

Every attempt has been made to provide current, accurate, and consistent data in this database. There may be some differences due to sources, methodologies, or timing of data-assembly.

Kansas Shared Work Unemployment Insurance

The shared work unemployment insurance program is designed to help both employers and employees by:

  • Allowing an employer to divide the workday among a group of affected employees in lieu of a layoff
  • Allowing employees to receive a portion of their unemployment benefits while working reduced hours

 Unemployment Insurance

  • Taxable Base: $14,000
  • Average Insurance Rate: 4.25%
  • New Employer Rate: 2.7%
  • Maximum Weekly Benefit: $594

Kansas does not have a fixed rate schedule—positive balance employers’ rates are adjusted annually based on the ratio of the size of the fund balance to total payroll. For 2015, positive balance employers pay between 0.07% and 5.4%. Negative balance employers pay between 5.5% and 7.4%. Unemployment insurance rates are applied to the first $14,000 in wages paid annually to each employee.

In Kansas, the normal entry rate set for a new employer is contingent upon the type of business involved. Businesses in the construction industry begin with a 6% tax rate; all other business entities will have a 4% rate.

The employer tax rate maximum weekly benefit for new claims filed is $594 for up to 26 weeks. The minimum weekly benefit amount is $118. Employees dismissed without misconduct are eligible to receive benefits after a one week waiting period. An employee who voluntarily quits without good cause attributable to the work or to the employer or an employee who was discharged for misconduct connected with the work may be disqualified from receiving benefits. Employees discharged for misconduct are disqualified from receiving benefits from the date the discharge occurred, until they return to work and earn three times the weekly benefit amount of their claim.


Young Professionals

Topeka’s vibrant and growing young professional group!

Forge is THE organization for people actively creating the place they want to be. Our members are passionate about being “in” Topeka. We enjoy getting to know others and working toward the goal of improving our city through our actions. Members are seen as passionate, unique, caring, visionary, fun, energetic, inspiring and ambitious.

Our mission is to provide opportunities for people to connect and engage with the purpose of establishing and retaining leaders in the Topeka community.