Mountain Area Workforce Development Board meeting Tuesday, May 28

You are invited to attend the Mountain Area Workforce Development Board meeting on Tuesday, May 28 at 3:00 pm at the offices of Land of Sky Regional Council. There will be a meet and greet prior to the meeting at 2:30 pm.

At this board meeting there will be presentations at the meeting from Goodwill of Northwest NC, NC Department of Commerce and four public school systems in our region.

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Mountain Area Workforce Board Local Area Plan 2016-2020 is now available to public comment

Workforce Development Plan Update for Program Year 2019 will be available for public comment beginning on Thursday May 9, 2019. Public comment will be received for the next thirty (30) days until June 8, 2019 at 5:00 pm.

All public comments shall be sent to nathan@landofsky.org or to Nathan Ramsey, Director, Mountain Area Workforce Development Board, Land of Sky Regional Council, 339 New Leicester Highway, Suite 140, Asheville, NC 28806.

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires each Workforce Development Board (WDB) to develop and submit, in partnership with the local chief elected official, to the state a comprehensive four-year plan, which was submitted in May, 2016. Annually, each WDB will provide updates to the four-year plan. The WIOA Program Year (PY) 2019 Plan Update will provide current information and be effective July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020. The Comprehensive Four-Year Plan (PY 2016) will be maintained and updated as appropriate.

Click here to view the draft plan:
http://www.landofsky.org/

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Construction Career Day

Construction Career Day was on March 27, 2018 from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm at the WNC Agricultural Center’s McGough Arena, Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher, NC 28732.

Construction Career Day was sponsored by the Mountain Area Workforce Development Board in partnership with the Asheville Area Home Builders and Carolinas AGC (Associated General Contractors). The free event will connect 30+ local employers offering construction career opportunities with job seekers.

The morning session from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm was open to high school students and closed to the general public. Over 700 high school students attended. Participating public school systems include Asheville City, Buncombe, Jackson, Madison, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, and Transylvania County Schools. From 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm the event will be open to college students, the general public as a career fair and construction demonstration day. Participating colleges include AB Tech, Blue Ridge Community College and Western Carolina University. e

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WNC Techathon is tomorrow!

WNC Techathon

WNC Techathon will be on Tuesday, April 2 from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm at Highland Brewing Company. This event is a quick pitch event featuring our region’s leading tech employers and tech job seekers.


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Mountain Area Workforce Development Board newsletter

Check out the latest Mountain Area Workforce Development Board newsletter.

1. WNC Career Expo – employer registration now open

2. MAWDB meeting – tomorrow, March 26

3. AVL Independent Restaurants (AIR) Job Fair

4. Construction Career Day – employers register now!

5. Buncombe Co Govt procurement workshop

6. WNC Techathon

7. AB Tech “Find Your Future” College and Career Open House

8. RFP: Operate WIOA Programs and Serve as One-Stop Operator

9. My Future NC –

10. AVL Metro Labor Market Update – January employment data released 

11. “The State of Our Workforce: WNC” employer survey results

12. Employers sign up for NC’s Work-Based Learning Navigator

13. Buncombe near top in nation for job and wage growth for Q3 2018

14. WSJ: “Despite tight job market, labor force’s income is squeezed”

15. NC Data Dashboard

16. AVL metro population projections

17. AVL Metro employment trends

18. National and state long-term unemployed trends

19. NC Economic and Demographic Data

20. NCWorks Career Center AVL Hiring Events and Workshop Schedule

21. Mountain Area Careers Spotlight

22. MAWDB Now Hiring

#ncworks #mountainareaworks #mountainareacareers #askMAC #nowhiring

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WNC Career Expo

WNC Career Expo will be on April 11 at the WNC Agricultural Center from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. This event is the largest career fair in Western North Carolina featuring up to 175 employers offering thousands of jobs from entry-level to advanced.

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WNC Techathon

WNC Techathon will be on Tuesday, April 2 from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm at Highland Brewing Company. This event is a quick pitch event featuring our region’s leading tech employers and tech job seekers.

WNC Techathon

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Construction Career Day

Construction Career Day will be on Wednesday, March 27 from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm at the WNC Agricultural Center in Fletcher, NC. The morning session from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm will be restricted to high school students and closed to the general public. From 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm the event will be open to the general public.

Construction Career Day features over 30 employers.

Construction employer will be offering demonstrations and will share their career opportunities. The afternoon session from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm will feature a hiring event.

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Employers Apply Now for Business Accelerator Grant

Deadline Februrary 28, 2019.

The Mountain Area Workforce Development Board is now accepting applications for the Business Accelerator Grant for Incumbent Worker Training. It is a competitive, cost reimbursement training grant through which qualifying businesses can address employees’ skills gaps

BUSINESS ACCELERATOR GRANT
For Incumbent Worker Training
Call for Submission of Grant Applications to
Mountain Area Workforce Development Board (MAWDB)

KEY POINTS:
• The Business Accelerator Grant for Incumbent Worker Training is a competitive, cost
reimbursement training grant through which qualifying businesses can address
employees’ skills gaps. These skills gaps can be a result of a worker’s changing
responsibilities/requirements in her/his job, or for a worker whose job may potentially be
eliminated and skill upgrading is needed to accept new responsibilities. Incumbent worker
(IW) training should increase the knowledge, skills, and/or certifications of workers, and
increase the competitiveness of the employee and the employer.
• North Carolina for-profit and not-for-profit businesses with an employer-employee
relationship (W-2) with at least five or more employees, that have been in operation for a
minimum of one year prior to the Workforce Board’s application date, are current on all
federal and state tax obligations, and are financially viable are eligible to apply.
• Training Grants are awarded on a competitive basis. The maximum award amount is up
to $10,000 per grant.
• The Training Grant is administered through the Mountain Area Workforce Development
Board. Applications are submitted directly to the workforce board. The board may request
additional information or establish supplemental provisions and requirements for the
training applications.
• For each grant application cycle, the MAWDB will set its’ application due date.
• Only complete grant applications will be considered for this competitive grant process.
Incomplete applications may be corrected if time allows prior to the due date or
resubmitted the next grant application cycle.

Call for Applications
January 7, 2019

Application Due Date
February 28, 2019

Award Announcement
April 1, 2019

Pending funding availability

Who may apply for funds? Any private for-profit or private non-profit business that has five or more employees, been in operation in the State of North Carolina during the entire twelve-month period immediately preceding the date of application, is current on all federal and state tax obligations and that proposes training at a facility it operates that is located in the State may apply. State agencies, local community colleges, labor unions and training providers are not eligible to apply for funding under this program.

For more information about the Business Accelerator Grant, please click on this link.

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Request For Proposals: Operate Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) Programs

Closes – April 12, 2019
WIOA Youth Programs Bidder’s Conference – March 11, 2019 at 3pm – Land of Sky offices
WIOA NCWorks Career Center Operator Bidder’s Conference – March 11, 2019 at 1:30 pm – Land of Sky offices

The Mountain Area Workforce Development Board (MAWDB), an agency of Land-of-Sky Regional Council (LOSRC), will be accepting Requests for Proposals (RFP’s) for the operation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (P. L. 113-128) programs and to serve as the One-Stop Operator in the Mountain Local Area (Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, and Transylvania Counties). Proposals will be sought for the NCWorks Career Centers (one in each county), One-Stop Operator and for the operation of the Youth Programs to serve eligible Youth (ages 16 through 24 at the time of program enrollment) in the Mountain Area region.

To learn more about the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) visit https://www.doleta.gov/wioa/ and https://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/.  North Carolina policy information is available at the Division of Workforce Solutions website https://www.nccommerce.com/about-us/divisions-programs/workforce-solutions-division. The MAWDB will develop cost reimbursement contracts with successful bidders for the WIOA programs to be operated July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. Annual contract extensions, for up to two additional years, are possible if the selected service providers’ demonstrate and document successful performance, and if the adequate WIOA funding is available to the Local Area.

The Request for Proposals for WIOA NCWorks Career Centers, One-Stop Operator and the Request for Proposals for Youth Programs will be available at the MAWDB Offices, 339 New Leicester Hwy., Suite 140, Asheville, NC 28806-2088 between the hours of 8:30am and 3:00pm M-F or by e-mail request to zia@landofsky.org. Both Requests for Proposals will be released for competitive procurement on Monday, February 18, 2019 and proposals will be due by 4:00pm on Friday, April 12, 2019. For additional information contact Nathan Ramsey, Director Mountain Area Workforce Development Board at nathan@landofsky.org.

Organizations intending to bid must submit a Letter of Intent electronically to Nathan Ramsey (nathan@landofsky.org) by 5:00pm on Thursday, March 29, 2019. The Bidders’ Conference to discuss the procedures related to applying for funds and operating a WIOA Youth Program is scheduled for Thursday, March 11, 2019 at 3:00pm and the Bidders’ Conference for the operation of a WIOA NCWorks Career Center is scheduled for Thursday, March 11, 2019 at 1:30pm. Both conferences will be held at the LOSRC Offices 339 New Leicester Highway, Asheville, NC. For agencies intending to submit proposals RSVPs will be required to zia@landofsky.org from agencies planning to attend the Bidders’ Conference(s).

The Mountain Area Workforce Development Board is an Equal Opportunity and Americans with Disabilities Act Compliant Employer and Program Administrator.

WIOA NCWorks Career Centers for Adult & Dislocated Worker Services RFP for PY 2019-2020

WIOA Out-of-School Youth RFP for PY 2019-2020

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