CORE VALUES

BELIEFS AND BEHAVIORS

ACCOUNTABILITY

We believe in responsible actions that influence the lives of our customers and fellow workers.

INTEGRITY

We believe in honesty, dependability, respect and consideration of others.

LEADERSHIP

We believe in empowering people to make extraordinary things happen through progressive and innovative actions. 

SERVICE EXCELLENCE

We believe in the commitment of each team member to contribute to the individual needs of our customers in a manner that exceeds their expectations. 

STEWARDSHIP

We believe in responsible planning and management of resources.

Who are we?

Orion Education and Training (formerly SCKESC) is one of seven service agencies in the state of Kansas. The purpose of these organizations is to furnish more efficient and/or economical services to maximize educational opportunities for Kansas students. Service centers also act as liaisons between local districts and the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE).

Unlike school districts, none of our funding comes from state allocations. By statute, our organization does not levy taxes or claim student aid. We apply for and receive competitive state, federal and private grants and also operate through support from membership dues and fee-for-service. Service centers are public entities, which operate in a highly entrepreneurial fashion. We blend the benevolence of the public sector with the spirit and ingenuity of the private sector.

Our office and meeting facilities are located in Clearwater, Kansas, just a few miles southwest of Wichita.

The National Perspective

Orion is similar to other regional support systems throughout the country, working to stretch limited dollars over demands for ever increasing services. Our agency is part of a network of educational entities under the umbrella of the Kansas Association of Educational Service Agencies (KAESA) and the Association of Educational Service Agencies (AESA) nationwide. The value of these innovative service agencies has been emphasized by their ability to pool resources for the common benefit of students and taxpayers.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Orion does not discriminate in admission to, access to, or operation of its programs, services, or activities. Contact Kris Misak, Affirmative Action/ADA Office at 620-584-3300.

CURRENT MEMBER DISTRICTS

  • Andover - USD 385
  • Argonia - USD 359
  • Belle Plaine - USD 357
  • Butler County SPED - USD 490
  • Caldwell - USD 360
  • Catholic Diocese of Wichita
  • Circle - USD 375
  • Clearwater - USD 264
  • Conway Springs - USD 356
  • Douglass - USD 396
  • El Dorado - USD 490
  • Goddard - USD 265
  • Kingman/Norwich - USD 331
  • Mulvane - USD 263
  • Oxford - USD 358
  • Remington / Whitewater - USD 206
  • Rose Hill - USD 394
  • Sedgwick County SPED - USD 618
  • South Haven - USD 509
  • Sumner County SPED - USD 619
  • Udall - USD 463
  • Valley Center - USD 262

History

The organization started in 1989 as the South Central Kansas Education Service Center located in Wellington. The first office was in an actual house. In the early 90s, the organization relocated to Clearwater due to a generous offering from a local Clearwater company that provided them with a zero percent loan to build the building they are in today. Over the years, several additions and changes have been made. The most recent being on September 20th, 2017, the name changed from South Central Kansas Education Service Center to Orion Education and Training. This was done as Orion expands services into the private sector, while continuing to serve our schools. Today, Orion employs 60 people, and 15 of those employees work out of the Clearwater location.

Join our Team!

Want to join a dynamic team dedicated to innovative learning solutions? Take a look at our current job opportunities and apply today.