About Us 

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 (WDB) develops innovative workforce strategies that help businesses, individuals, and industries achieve and sustain economic vitality across all communities in Santa Barbara County. 

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.