Our mission is to advance business-driven talent development strategies that promote economic growth, opportunity and a quality workforce. Our core values of respect, integrity, collaboration and excellence permeate the workforce development system. The programs we oversee are designed to assure that the businesses in the 14-county North Central Texas Workforce Development area remain competitive and grow jobs, that workers have the opportunities to obtain skills that will help them become or remain self-sufficient, and that our communities are economically resilient.
The story of our organization begins in 1993, when Texas created a workforce development system that made significant efforts to improve service delivery through local control and coordination of services from different programs. On May 23, 1996, Governor George W. Bush certified the North Central Texas Workforce Development Area (WDA) and on July 25, 1996, the Chief Elected Officials of the 14-county workforce development area (WDA) signed a partnership agreement forming the North Central Texas Workforce Development Board and selected the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) as its fiscal agent, grant recipient and administrative agent. As grant recipient and fiscal agent, NCTCOG is responsible for an annual workforce development budget in excess of $60 million. The Federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) reformed federal employment, training, adult education and vocational rehabilitation programs by creating an integrated one-stop system of workforce investment and education services for adults, dislocated workers and youth. Recognizing that Texas made improvements to its system, Congress included grandfathering provisions in WIA, allowing Texas to retain essential elements of its approach to workforce development. Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas provides leadership to our extensive network of Workforce Centers and service providers who are dedicated to assisting employers in finding the right employee.
Our workforce development area (WDA) includes Collin, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Navarro, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell and Wise counties. This area is home to more than 2.9 million residents and more than 1.5 million workers. The DFW Metroplex is home to the headquarters of 22 Fortune 500 companies and more than 174,700 business establishments. From October 1, 2017 to August 30, 2018, the North Central Texas Workforce Area had an average unemployment rate of 3.5%.