Who is Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas?
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 to which you will give direction. The programs we oversee are designed to assure that the businesses in the fourteen 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 fourteen 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 had 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 over 2.5 million residents, 47,000 businesses and over 1.1 million workers.
Workforce Development Board
The North Central Texas Workforce Development Board (Board) oversees the planning, oversight, policy guidance and design of services in 11 Texas Workforce Centers located across the 14 county workforce development area. The North Central Texas Workforce Development Board is one of 28 Workforce Development boards in the State of Texas and is one of the larger boards within Texas.
Workforce Board Members are leaders within their communities and are appointed by the chief elected official of the county in which they reside or operate their business. Because businesses are the driving force within the economy, the Board is comprised largely of private business leaders. However, the Board includes representatives from the other key partners within the workforce system: economic development entities, chambers of commerce, labor, education, and community organizations.
The Workforce Development Board meets bi-monthly. Visit the Events page for meeting dates.