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.

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

View 2023-24 WIOA Title I Plan Update.

Stevens Act Compliance

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