The West Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Area stretches 150 miles, from the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers on the west to near the center of Wisconsin, and includes nine counties. Our population of approximately 400,000 supports a workforce of nearly a quarter million hard working citizens. Our diverse business community is comprised of over 10,000 establishments from all sectors of the economy. Meeting the workforce development needs of this region provides the opportunities and challenges for the Workforce Development Board and its associated consortiums and committees.
The West Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board is appointed by the Local Elected Officials of the West Central Wisconsin County Boards’ Consortium and sanctioned by the Governor, to carry out responsibilities under the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014. Nominations to the Board may be made by business, trade and designated community organizations.
Formerly known as the Private Industry Council, the Board was established in 1983 to administer the federal Job Training Partnership Act. Through a strategic planning process that began in 1995, the Board has transitioned to assume the broader roles authorized under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and related local, state and federal legislation.