The mission of the Marin County Workforce Development Board (MCWDB) is to be responsible for policy making and implementation of the workforce development system administered through the Marin Employment Connection (MEC). The MCWDB envisions a sustainable balance between the employment needs of job seekers and the business needs of employers for skilled workers, to ensure a self sufficient, diverse workforce in Marin.
The MCWDB was created in response to the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014. The twenty-seven member board is comprised of private employers, educators, labor representatives, public sector managers and non-profit agencies that provide direction and oversees efforts in Marin County through the following avenues:
- Oversight – Over WIOA funds that support the programs and services provided through the MEC
- Convener - Bringing together business, labor, education, and economic development to focus on community-workforce issues
- Workforce Analyst - Developing, disseminating and understanding current labor market and economic information and trends
- Broker - Bringing together systems to solve common problems or brokering new relationships with businesses and workers
- Community Voice - Advocating for the importance of workforce policy and providing perspective about the need for skilled workers
- Capacity Builder - Enhancing the region's ability to meet the workforce needs of local employers
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA) is a federal law which created a national workforce preparation and employment system. WIOA was created to provide state and local areas the flexibility to collaborate across systems in an effort to better address the employment and skills needs of current employees, job seekers, and employers. WIOA accomplishes this by prescribing a stronger alignment of workforce, education, and economic development systems; improving the structure and delivery in the system to assist America’s workers in achieving a family-sustaining wage while providing America’s employers with the skilled workers they need to complete on a global level.