The Southwest Corner Workforce Development Board (SCWDB) was created in 1999 as a result of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), a major piece of legislation that overhauled the nation’s federally-funded employment and training programs. WIA was replaced by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA), which is the current guiding legislation for all workforce programs. Board members, appointed by the commissioners of Washington, Greene and Beaver counties in Southwestern Pennsylvania, represent employers, educational institutions and training providers, community based organizations, organized labor, and government.
Other responsibilities include compiling local labor market information, selecting qualified organizations to operate WIOA Title I and youth programs, certifying training providers and programs that prepare individuals for high priority occupations, negotiating local performance standards, convening sector cluster partnerships to address common workforce concerns facing employers, and selecting PACL Operators to oversee activities within the centers.
The mission of SCWDB is to develop policies, oversee public funds, and procure services that will help employers and job seekers throughout Washington, Greene and Beaver counties. Job placement assistance, education, training and counseling will be offered in order to achieve a skilled workforce and economic development throughout the region.
We envision a regional labor pool that possesses the skills and attitudes to attract and retain employers who offer sufficient ages, benefits, and opportunities for advancement.