WIBs were created to give businesses a voice in education and to foster partnerships between business, education, and service providers to create a competent and thriving workforce. WIB’s cannot be successful without representation from education, service providers, and a variety of industries from our region.The Workforce Investment Board is a volunteer group of stakeholders (business, education, agencies and community) working together to identify and address current and future workforce needs, foster the development of skilled lifelong learners, and enrich quality of lives by providing opportunities for people to achieve their highest potential.
Our mission is to link business and education communities to bridge the gap between the workforce of today and the one we need tomorrow.
Our goals are:
- To identify employment training needs of employers and provide customized education and training to meet those needs.
- To improve communication with area employers and the WIB regarding challenges, and needs in their respective industries.
- To promote career awareness and readiness among youth for career and technical education pathways.
- To coordinate training opportunities to underemployed and unemployed residents of the region that will give them skills needed to find employment.
- Assist businesses with finding grant funding for training
- WIBs assist with and review Workforce Education and Training Fund Grants (WETF)
- Assess community or industry wide training needs and assist in bringing the training to our region
- Put on Career Fairs to connect businesses with qualified workers
- Connect the unemployed and underemployed with training and connections to area businesses