A look at the Workforce Development Board

This week we would like to highlight one of our members, the Workforce Development Board of the Mid-Ohio Valley. The Workforce Development Board been serving our region for the past 20 years and continues to oversees training and employment programs that ensure that efficient and effective workforce services are accessible to employers, current employees, job seekers and other citizens.

“We work with employers to help find and retain qualified employees and work with local economic development agencies to determine the needs of the regions’ employers,” said staff member Robin Sterling. “We work closely with local colleges/training institutions to determine the training/education needs to fill local employment.” The Board works in partnership with the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council, a governmental planning and development agency serving Wood and surrounding Region V counties.

Robin took some time to share their story with us to share with fellow Chamber members.

The Workforce Development Board provides employment and training services to low income individuals, dislocated workers and youth in the Mid-Ohio Valley. In 1998, Congress passed the Workforce Investment Act to reform federal job training programs and create a new, comprehensive workforce investment system. The reformed system is intended to be customer-focused, to help Americans access the tools they need to manage their careers through information and high quality services, and to help U.S. companies find skilled workers. WIA aims to improve the quality of the workforce and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the nation.

President Barack Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law on July 22, 2014. WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Congress passed the Act by a wide bipartisan majority; it is the first legislative reform in 15 years of the public workforce system. WIOA supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and amends the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

The Workforce Development Board has been an active Chamber member since 2002. The Workforce Development Board Mid-Ohio Valley welcomes the opportunity to learn about local business needs, be involved in community events and have access to additional resources. “We are proud to be a part of our local Chamber and value the services that they provide to our community,” she said.

Robin informed us that some of their recent projects have been working with apprenticeship programs to assist customers with the cost of training and other work-related expenses such as PPE and work clothing.

The Workforce Development Board is located inside the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council located at 709 Market Street in Downtown Parkersburg. To learn more about their services, please visit their website at https://www.wdbmov.com/ or give them a call at 304-424-7271.


Upcoming Chamber Events:

* Ribbon Cutting for Unity Cafe — NEW CHAMBER MEMBER:

Thursday, February 14 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

212 7th Street, Parkersburg

Join us to celebrate the Grand Opening celebration of Unity Cafe with owner Petia Johnson and staff. Stick around after the ceremony to meet the staff, enjoy $4 crepes, specialty drink samples, and more! This event is open to all MOV and Belpre Chamber members.

Please RSVP to info@movchamber.org if you are planning to attend.

* February Business After Hours

Tuesday, February 27 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.

Habitat for Humanity of the MOV ReStore, 600 16th Street, Vienna

Join our Business After Hours host Habitat for Humanity for an enjoyable evening with members of the Belpre, Marietta and MOV Chambers. Take a tour of the ReStore, enjoy hors d’oeuvres, door prizes and a fun networking game! Register on-line at www.movchamber.org

Visit this space every other Sunday for more Chamber news. We also invite you to call us at 304-422-3588, email us at info@movchamber.org, or stop by the Chamber office at 501 Avery Street in Parkersburg.