North Carolina Workforce Development Boards are empowered to make important decisions regarding funding and governance of employment and training services for individuals and businesses. The Southwestern Workforce Development Board is one of 23 Boards in North Carolina. Our board serves the counties of Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain.

The board is made up of volunteers from the public and private sector. They include representatives of local businesses, community organizations, educational institutions, organized labor, rehabilitation agencies, economic development offices and public employment services. A representative of the private sector serves as the board chair; by law, private-sector membership comprises at least 51 percent of the board.

Boards have many responsibilities which include oversight of the Career Centers — local offices where workforce development professionals from many agencies provide a broad range of employment and training services. Board members also develop strategic plans for the region, identify qualified training service providers, and much more.

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Services and activities funded by the Southwestern Workforce Development Board are equal opportunity employers/programs.

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