Who We Are
The Mountain Area Workforce Development Board (MAWDB) is created through federal legislation and serves Buncombe, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania counties. Over 50% of the Board’s membership is comprised of representatives from private industry. The remaining members represent Economic Development Agencies, Education, Community Based Organizations, Organized Labor and Local Government.
Our budget approaches $2 million annually and we allocate those funds for skill training in the four-county area. All services provided through the NC Works Career Centers are free of charge unless otherwise noted.
What Does The MAWDB Do?
- Develops a single, comprehensive strategic plan for the four-county area by identifying workforce development issues and the needs of local businesses.
- Continually evaluates and assesses workforce needs and assures quality programs to meet those needs.
- Promotes partnerships and maintains active involvement with business, industry and education.
- The Workforce Development Board allocates funds for NCWorks Career Center operations and a number of job training programs.
- Selects operators of the NC Works Career Centers and oversees the operation of centers in each county.
- Advises elected bodies and other interested organizations on workforce development issues upon request.
Our Core Beliefs
- Every individual deserves an opportunity to develop their skills and earn a living wage with benefits.
- People can successfully be engaged in and advance in the workforce if provided the necessary encouragement, training and support.
- The Local Area economy depends on having a skilled, diverse, motivated and adaptable workforce.
- Partnerships and collaborations among government, business, and community-based stakeholders are essential for building and sustaining an effective Workforce Development System.
- The Workforce Development System must be held accountable and measurement of its overall performance made public.