Workforce Development 

North Carolina Workforce Development Boards are empowered to make important decisions regarding funding and governance of employment and training services for individuals and businesses.  The Southwestern Workforce Development Board is one of 23 such Boards in North Carolina.   Our board serves the counties of Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain.

The board is comprised of volunteers from the public and private sector. They include representatives of local businesses, community based organizations, educational institutions, organized labor organizations, rehabilitation agencies, economic development offices and public employment services. A representative of the private sector serves as the board chair, as is mandated by law, and private-sector membership comprises at least 51 percent of the board membership.

Boards have many responsibilities which include the oversight of regional NCWorks Career Centers — local offices where workforce development professionals from many agencies provide a broad range of employment and training services. Board members also develop strategic plans for the region, identify qualified training service providers, and provide financial and programmatic oversight for the workforce development programs provided throughout the region.

To get in contact with the Workforce Development Board, please use this form.

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Workforce Development Board Plan

Services and activities funded by the Southwestern Workforce Development Board are provided through equal opportunity employers/programs.

WIOA Comprehensive Four Year Title I Plan For PY 2024 2028

Stevens Act Compliance

For specific documents related to the Title I Plan, email David Garrett at [email protected].

Requests for Proposals (RFPs)

The Southwestern Workforce Development Board (SWDB) is a partnership of private business executives and the leading workforce development organizations in Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Swain, Cherokee, Clay and Graham counties of western North Carolina. The purpose of the SWDB is to provide policy, planning, oversight and funding for local workforce development programs and address workforce issues as they emerge within the region.

PUBLIC NOTICE: Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) Request for Proposals for the fiscal year of July 1, 2024 – June 30, 202 for the following programs:

Adult & Dislocated Worker Programs for Haywood County

SWDB WIOA Adult DW 2024 RFP Haywood

Youth Programs for Haywood County

SWDB WIOA Youth RFP 2024 Haywood

Policies and Procedures