Workforce Development Board: Impact and Responsibiliites


Workforce Development Board: Impact and Responsibiliites

  • Last Update December 15, 2020


Learn about the responsibilities of being on a workforce development board. This course provides an extensive overview of various topics that all workforce board members know. Whether you help provide support to a workforce board, or whether you are a new or seasoned workforce board member, this five-part course is for you.

Topics include:

Part 1: Board Membership
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
Board Composition – Who else is on the Local Workforce Board?
What can I Contribute to the Board?
Local Workforce Areas
American Job Center System

Part 2: Board Member Responsibilities
Basic Board Member Responsibilities
What to Expect at Board Meetings
Robert’s Rules of Order
Open Meetings Requirements
Committees, Workgroups, and Task Forces
An Overview of WIOA Funding

Part 3: WIOA Training Programs and Partner Programs
Adult Training Programs
Dislocated Worker Program
Youth Program
WIOA Core Partners
Other Workforce Partner Programs

Part 4: State, Regional, and Local Planning
State Workforce Plans
Local and Regional Plans
Policy Development
Differences between State and Local
Sector Strategies and Economic Partnerships

Part 5: Performance, Funding, and Resources.
Funding the American Job Center System
Performance Requirements
Promising Practices
Board Resources

Topics for this course

29 Lessons

Welcome and Introduction to the Course Material?

An overview of what to expect from this course
Getting Started00:3:22
Course Syllabus
Course Materials and Resources
About the Instructor – Stan Odenthal

Part 1: Board Membership?

Being a member of a workforce development board can be both fun and challenging. It often seems like there is just so much to know, and so little time to learn it all. In this section, you will learn about why workforce development boards exist, what impact you can have as a board member, and how the American Job Center system functions.

Part 2: Workforce Board Member Responsibilities (Available 1/1/2021)?

Workforce boards drive many of the workforce development efforts across the country. This section focuses on making the most of workforce board meetings as well as understanding the role and responsibilities of board members, including your oversight of the financial resources associated with various workforce programs.. We will also take a look at how board meetings are structured, why committees exist, and provide you with a refresher on Robert’s Rules of Order for more formal meetings.

Part 3: WIOA Training Programs and Partner Programs (Available 1/1/2021)?

In this section, we dive into the employment and training programs funded under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), as well as various other workforce partner programs. You will have the chance to get an overview of basic eligibility provisions and services of these programs. We will also take a look at how these workforce programs are funded at the federal level, how the funding reaches the states and local areas, and how these programs should work together.

Part 4: State, Regional, and Local Planning (Available 1/1/21)?

Ensuring program compliance and planning for the future are key topics in this section. We take a look at the four-year state workforce plan requirements, as well as local and regional planning. As part of this conversation, we will discuss the similarities and differences between state level and local level policy and planning decisions. Sector strategies and economic partnerships will be our focus as we discuss planning opportunities for the future.

Part 5: Performance, Funding, and Resources (Available 1/1/2021)?

In the final section of this class, we delve more in-depth into the funding of the American Job Center system. We discuss funding as it relates to the one-stop workforce partner programs, as well as how the individual workforce centers across the country are funded. Program performance requirements are discussed in more detail. Finally, we look at some promising practices at the state and local area level from around the country and we provide you with several fantastic electronic resources to help you continue to learn more about local and state workforce boards and programs.

About the instructor

Stan Odenthal

CEO, The Odenthal Group

Stan’s education and work experience has focused primarily on workforce development, public policy, and administrative law.  He has a strong passion for public service and has held several high level and executive-level positions within state government. In these positions, he worked extensively in areas of state and federal law developing an ability to push through the government red tape and get things done. Stan is originally from northern Utah and has three children. He enjoys playing tennis, running, watching movies, and loves binge-watching tv shows on way too many streaming services.
    • Executive Director, Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission
    • Director, Office of Employment and Training for the State of Nebraska
    • University of Nebraska College of Law, Juris Doctor
    • University of Nebraska-Lincoln, MA in Political Science (Areas of Concentration in Public Policy and American Government)
    • Weber State University, BA in Political Science and History, minor in Spanish
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