SBCWDB Mission Statement

The mission of the Santa Barbara County Workforce Development Board (SBCWDB) is to close the unemployment gap between job seekers and employers' demand for more skilled workforce and by providing training and resources for youth, adults, and dislocated workers.

The SBCWDB utilizes the most effective existing resources and the latest information regarding workforce issues that coordinate services through our two America's Job Centers of California.

The SBCWDB supports the business community by offering resources and services that encourage growth and increase employment opportunities throughout Santa Barbara County.

The Workforce Development Board is a federally mandated board comprised of public and private sector representatives to provide leadership and develop local workforce policy.  The Santa Barbara County Workforce Development Board has 14 seats, the majority of which must be filled with representatives from the business community.  Members are appointed by the County Board of Supervisors. For more information about the Workforce Development Board please refer to the Q & A Related to New WDB. If interested in joining the Workforce Development Board, please fill out the WDB Application and submit it to: Workforce Development Administrative Support – WDB@SocialServ.org – 234 Camino Del Remedio, Santa Barbara, CA 93110

Role of a WDB Board Member and Application

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

On July 22, 2014, President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), new bipartisan legislation that makes a number of improvements to the outdated Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) and modernizes the Federal workforce system. WIOA codifies several key improvements to the public/private workforce system:

  • Emphasizes a regional approach and alignment with economic development goals.
  • Requires more sophisticated implementation of sector strategies.
  • Enhances accountability of workforce programs.
  • Reconstitutes Workforce Boards and repurposes the Boards as conveners, community leaders, and venture capitalists.
  • Provides an opportunity to redesign public systems with the customer in the center.