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Workforce Development Board

The Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board (PA WDB) is the governor's private sector policy advisor on building a strong workforce development system aligned with state education and economic development goals. Most of its members are appointed by the Governor and represent a variety of workforce development stakeholders, including business executives, labor officials, education leaders, economic development practitioners, and local elected officials. In addition, five state agency cabinet secretaries and four members of the General Assembly serve on the Board.

The PA WDB’s mission is to ensure that Pennsylvania's entire workforce system, covering many programs in multiple departments and agencies, meets employers' needs for skilled workers and workers' needs for career and economic advancement. The Board is also responsible for providing policy guidance and direction to policymakers, evaluating performance, and recommending continuous improvements.

PA WDB Committees

The PA WDB accomplishes its mission through an active standing and ad hoc committee structure. The Board currently has four standing and two ad hoc committees aligned with the five broad goals in Pennsylvania’s WIOA Combined State Plan. Standing committees are permanent and focus on long-term systems change. Ad hoc committees are temporary and focus on short-term focused goals.

All committees meet at least quarterly to develop a subject matter expertise in a certain workforce development policy area, monitor implementation of the WIOA Combined State Plan, identify and share best practices, identify opportunities for the state to support local workforce development initiatives, and recommend strategies to improve the workforce development system.

Standing Committees

  • Continuous Improvement (Supports WIOA Goal 5)
  • Industry Partnerships and Employer Engagement (Supports WIOA Goals 2 and 4)
  • Career Pathways and Apprenticeships (Supports WIOA Goal 1)
  • Youth (Supports WIOA Goal 3)

Ad Hoc Committees

  • Healthcare Workforce
  • Re-entry

PA WDB Quarterly Meeting Schedule

The PA WDB meets quarterly. All meetings are held from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, Pennsylvania Rooms A/B, 400 Bent Creek Boulevard, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania 17050.

  • Tuesday, February 13, 2018 – Briefing Book
  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018 – Briefing Book
  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018 – Briefing Book
  • Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - Briefing Book
  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019
  • Wednesday, May 1, 2019
  • Tuesday, August 13, 2019
  • Wednesday, November 6, 2019

PA WDB Quarterly Meeting Minutes

Contact the PA WDB

If you have a question or comment for the PA WDB, please email the Board at RA-LI-PAWDB@pa.gov.

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