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What are Workforce Investment Boards?

The WIBs serve as the governing body over the One-Stop Shops in their area, as dictated by the WIA. These One-Stops offer services meant to help prepare the workforce for the needs of today's job market. These services include, but are not limited to: computer training, resume workshops, ESOL classes, and job search assistance.

Services vary by area and shop; to know what is available to you in your area please click on one of the links to the left ( under WIBs in Latino Communities) and browse your WIB website. 

The Workforce Investment Act of 1998 requires that each WIA Area must have a Workforce Investment Board (WIB) to oversee WIA-funded Programs. The Boards must be composed of more than 50% private sector business members. It must also include members from educational entities, labor organizations, economic development agencies and representatives from each of the one-stop partners, and may include other individuals that the chief elected official may deem appropriate. The individuals of the board, appointed by the chief elected official, have “optimum policy-making authority.”


 

WIB in Latino Communities

Area 3- Cuyahoga County
Area 4- Lorain County
Area 5- Lake County
Area 7- Montgomery, Greene, Clark, Williams, Fulton, Ottawa, Wood, Paulding, Putnam, Hancock, Sandusky, Henry, Seneca, Defiance, Erie, Huron (+26 more)
Area 9- Lucas County
Area 11- Franklin County
Area 12- Butler and Warren Counties
Area 13- Hamilton County
Area 17- Mahoning and Columbiana Counties
Area 19- Geauga Ashtabula and Portage Counties

*This is only a partial list of counties. There are 20 boards serving 88 counties with 90 One-Stop Centers. These ten boards represent areas with Latino Populations above 3.0% according to the 2010 U.S. Census. Please find information on all One-Stop locations here.