ABOUT US
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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 NCWorks 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.

 

    PURPOSE, MISSION, VISION    
To provide employers and job seekers a fully integrated system of employment, education, and training services for the purpose of developing the economic strength and global competitiveness of this area.
Dr. Abraham Pallas, Chair
Owner and Manager
The Bromfield Inn
Eric Oelschlaeger, Vice Chair
President
Epsilon, Incorporated
Lisa Richmond
Senior Human Resources Manager
GE Current, Incorporated
Bryan Dover
Human Resources Manager
Silver-Line Plastics Corporation
Peter Cook
President
New Peco, Incorporated
Scott McLean
Director of Talent Management
Biltmore Company
Corie Hackney
Human Resources Manager
Omni Grove Park
Tommasanne Davis
Talent Acquisition Manager
MAHEC
Sarah Hutcheson
Employee Human Resources Manager, Rotating Parts
GE Aviation
Sam Hutchins
Member Services Manager
French Board Electric Member Corporation
Daniel Hein
Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Director
Pardee UNC Health Care
Beth McCann
Human Resources Business Partner
Wilsonart
Tony Carter
Director of Sales
Morris Broadband
Graham Fields
Assistant to the President
Advent Health Hendersonville
Dr. Will Hoffman
Superintendent
Madison County Schools
Jonathan Szucs
General Manager
Advanced Superabrasives, Inc.
Christopher McGlashan
Training Director Asheville Electrical JATC
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers #238
Jason Simmons
Labor Representative
Trudy Logan
Economic Development Director
Community Action Opportunities
Jessica Rice
Care Coordinator
ABCCM
Robin Paulison
Director Adult Education and Literacy
Blue Ridge Community College
Dr. Laura Leatherwood
President
Blue Ridge Community College
Dr. John Gossett
President
AB Tech Community College
Terry Bellamy
Director, Madison County Community & Economic Development
Madison County Government
Becky Alderman
Chief Operations Officer
Transylvania Vocational Services, Inc.
Tony Reid
Unit Manager
NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
April Brown
Director of Retention and Expansion Services
Asheville Chamber of Commerce
Rodney Embler
Manager
DWS-Hosted NCWorks Career Center - Asheville & Buncombe County
Dr. Brian Weaver
Assistant Superintendent
Transylvania County Schools

Connect with Mountain Area Workforce Development Board


Address
339 New Leicester Hwy, Suite 140 Asheville, North Carolina 28806-2088

Email
nathan@landofsky.org

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