About Us

WIOA Title 1 financial assisted program or activity is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

As of July 1, 2015, the Workforce Investment Board will operate under a new name, the Santa Barbara County Workforce Development Board (WDB). The change is a result of new Federal legislation, the Workforce Innovation & Opportunities Act (WIOA), which replaces the Workforce Investment Act of 1998.

The Workforce Development Board of Santa Barbara County (SBWDB) develops innovative workforce strategies that help businesses, individuals, and industries achieve and sustain economic vitality across all communities in Santa Barbara County.

The SBWDB is an Equal Opportunity Recipient of Federal Funding. Read Equal Opportunity Compliance Information.

For technical assistance, grievances or questions please contact:

Linda Hillman, Deputy Director
Equal Opportunity Officer
Santa Barbara County Workforce Development Board
130 East Ortega Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
Care of: Marco Medina, WDB Program Liaison,
Equal Opportunity Officer
(805) 884-6820

The WDB provides free services to:

  • County residents, laid-off workers, and businesses through the two Workforce Resource Centers located in Santa Barbara at 130 East Ortega Street, (805) 568-1296 and Santa Maria at 1410 South Broadway, (805) 614-1550.
  • Eligible youth between the ages of 16-24 through the Youth Networked Services Program, operated by PathPoint http://www.pathpoint.org/services/youth-networked-services/ This helps young people acquire the necessary skills and work experience to successfully transition into adulthood, careers, and further education and training. For more information, please contact: Santa Barbara/Carpinteria (805) 961-9200 Santa Maria/Lompoc (805) 934-3537
  • Businesses located in Santa Barbara County who need assistance growing, training, or downsizing their workforce.
  • Industries that are key to the economic vitality of the County: Aerospace & Defense; Agriculture; Food & Beverage; Building & Design; Business Services; Energy & Environment; Healthcare; Information & Communication Technology; Life Sciences; Tourism & Hospitality.

The WDB is a public/private partnership created by the Federal Workforce Investment Act Legislation and is staffed by the County of Santa Barbara.