About the Workforce Development Board
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), signed into law in 2014, is designed to strengthen and improve our nation’s public workforce system. The law focuses on helping Americans, including youth and those with significant barriers to employment, into high quality jobs and careers. This helps employers be able to hire and retain skilled workers. WIOA, which took effect July 1, 2015, supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. As a result Workforce Investment Boards, or WIBs, were redesigned and new Workforce Development Boards, or WDBs, were established. The new San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board was established with 19 seats with representation from business, workforce, education and training, government and economic development, as outlined in WIOA.
The San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board (WDB) is a policy-making entity empowered by WIOA to educate and train local workers and support businesses. The WDB is comprised of a majority of private business owners who collaborate with leaders from various education, labor, public service, and community based organizations. The focus of this board is to ensure that the residents of San Bernardino County have the skills, training, and education to achieve their career goals, and San Bernardino County employers are able to hire, develop, and retain outstanding employees.
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Our Mission Statement
To promote a workforce development system that supports economic vitality by creating opportunities for businesses, employees and job seekers.
Transforming Lives and Strengthening Business
We envision a complete county that capitalizes on the diversity of its people, its geography, and its economy to create a broad range of choices for its residents in how they live, work, and play.
We envision a vibrant economy with a skilled workforce that attracts employers who seize the opportunities presented by the county’s unique advantages and provide the jobs that create countywide prosperity.
We envision a sustainable system of high-quality education, community health, public safety, housing, retail, recreation, arts and culture, and infrastructure, in which development complements our natural resources and environment.
We envision a model community which is governed in an open and ethical manner, where great ideas are replicated and brought to scale and all sectors work collaboratively to reach shared goals. From our valleys, across our mountains, and into our deserts, we envision a county that is a destination for visitors and a home for anyone seeking a sense of community and the best life has to offer.
The main functions of the board include:
- Administration and oversight of local WIOA funding for adults, dislocated workers, and youth
- Support programs that build employable skills of the County workforce
- Create a strategic plan aligned with the Governor’s and California Workforce Development Board’s objectives
- Align WIOA services with the countywide vision of creating a vibrant economy with a skilled workforce
- Operate the three America’s Job Centers of California located within the County
- Identify and understand the workforce investment needs of local businesses and job seekers
- Commission independent research studies to identify top industry demand sectors