What is the WIB?
WIB stands for Workforce Investment Board… A group of executives from businesses, unions, schools, universities, and social services who oversee the Northern Tier region’s job training and placement programs.
According to federal law (the Workforce Investment Act of 1998), every workforce investment area must have a Workforce Investment Board in charge of its jobs programs. This law:
Who is on the WIB?
- Envisions WIBs as “local business-led boards focusing on strategic planning, policy development and oversight of the local workforce investment system”
- Sets limitations on the authority of WIBs to operate program
Sullivan County Rural Electric
Area Agency on Aging
Director of Continuing Ed,
Vice President of Store Operations,
Pump & Pantry
Tioga County Development Corporation
Proctor & Gamble
Corporate Director of Recruitment & Professional Development,
Branch Executive Director,
Bradford County Branch YMCA
Area General Manager,
Central Bradford Progress Authority
Community Relations Manager,
|Heather Nelson Assistant District Administrator, Department of Labor & Industry
Blast IU #17
Board Member, Bradford County Action
Karen Russell Owner,
|Elaine Stalfa Assistant Regional Director, Bureau of Workforce Development
Executive Vice President/CFO,
Endless Mts. Health System
Cargill Taylor Beef
| Deb Wivell
Laurel Health Systems
What does the WIB do?
The Northern Tier WIB oversees policy for workforce development and . . . Leads the strategic planning process…
- Develops a five-year strategic plan
- Coordinates workforce investment with economic development strategies
- Promotes private sector involvement in the statewide workforce investment system
Oversees PA CareerLink®, employment, training, and youth activities (under Title I of the Workforce Investment Act)…
- Charters sites for PA CareerLink® "One-Stop" employment office
- Negotiates formal memoranda with "One-Stop" PA CareerLink® partners
- Selects PA CareerLink® operators and youth service providers
- Establishes eligibility and priority for PA CareerLink® services when funding is limited
- Negotiates performance standards
- Certifies eligible training providers
- Establishes an "individualized training account" policy
- Sets criteria for delivery and receipt of training services that meet labor market needs but maximize customer choice
- Appoints the Youth Council
Works with the Local Management Committee (LMC) to oversee the EARN program (Employment Advancement and Retention Network). The WIB advises the LMC about employers’ job needs and labor shortages, so the Local Management Committee can develop effective training programs.
What is the LMC?
The LMC is a committee comprised of the major organizations that manages and directs the local operation of welfare programs. The voting members of the LMC must be decision-making level representatives from the following agencies: The LWIA fiscal agent, the CAO, The Bureau of Workforce Development Partnership, a local education agency, and the local economic development agency.
About the Local Plan...
The WIB must develop a comprehensive strategic plan – called the Local Plan -- and submit it to the Governor. This Local Plan must
What is PA CareerLink®?
- Identify workforce needs and opportunities and the job skills necessary
- Describe the "One-Stop" delivery system
- Describe local level of performance
- Describe and assess adult and dislocated worker employment and training activities
- Describe how the WIB will coordinate with the statewide rapid response system
- Describe and assess youth employment and training activities
- Describe the process for public comment and input into the plan
- Identify the fiscal agent responsible for dispersal of grant funds and the competitive process used to award grants and contracts
PA CareerLink® offers one-stop access to a wide range of employment and career development services to jobseekers and employers. PA CareerLink® serves as a community resource for workforce needs.
PA CareerLink® is comprised of partner agencies providing workforce development services in one convenient location. Each workforce investment area has at least one comprehensive PA CareerLink® site. In the Northern Tier Region, the comprehensive PA CareerLink® offices are located in Towanda and Wellsboro. Affiliate PA CareerLink® sites are located in Dushore, Susquehanna and Tunkhannock ensuring accessibility to customers thoughout the Northern Tier region.
- PA CareerLink® has an advanced online database that houses thousands of jobs available in Pennsylvania, connecting jobseekers and employers. Visit us at www.jobgateway.pa.gov
- The Northern Tier Region's PA CareerLink® system has professional staff to assist both jobseekers and employers in reaching their workforce goals.
What is the Youth Council?
Executives from industry, education, and social services who:
- Coordinate local youth activities
- Recommend eligible youth providers
- Oversee the Youth Program
- Develop the portion of the WIB's Local Plan related to youth
- The WIB appoints the Youth Council as a subgroup to the WIB.
The Youth Council links educational institutions such as high schools, alternative schools, childcare agencies, vocational programs, and two and four-year post-secondary institutions and other youth service providers in the community.
Who is on the Youth Council?
C. Fred Robinson
Youth Council Chair Board Member, Bradford County Action
Director, Continuing Education,
Wyoming County Courthouse
|Susan DePumpo Robinson
Sayre Public Library
Former WIA Youth Participant
Branch Executive Director
Bradford County Branch YMCA
Northern Tier Career Center
Business & Community Liaison,
Red Rock Job Corps.
Towanda Area High School
Workforce Development Director,
The Trehab Center
BlaST IU #17
Parent of WIA Youth Participant
Continuing Education Representative,
Penn State University
Bradford County Action
How are Youth Council members selected?
The Youth Council must include WIB members (educators and others with interest and expertise) and representatives from
- Service agencies, such as juvenile justice and local law enforcement
- Local public housing authorities
- Job Corps representatives (if applicable)
- Parents of eligible youth
- Individuals (including former participants) who represent organizations with experience in youth activities
What is the Youth Program?
The youth program is a federally funded program that provides eligible youth assistance in achieving academic and employment success.
What does the Youth Program Do?
- Identifies and supports at-risk youth to stay in school
- Assists out-of-school youth in obtaining a GED
- Provides year-round education and employment opportunities
What Services are available through the Youth Program?
- Tutoring and instruction leading to a high school diploma
- Alternative secondary school offerings
- Summer employment
- Paid and unpaid work experiences
- Occupational skills training
- Leadership development activities
- Supportive services
- Adult mentoring
- Follow up services
- Comprehensive guidance and counseling
Economically disadvantaged youth who are 14 to 21 years of age and who have at least one barrier to employment.
What is the Northeast Regional Health Care Industry Partnership?
The health care industry is one of the largest employers in northeastern Pennsylvania. Health care employers in the region face numerous human resource challenges and labor shortages, including:
the need for a highly skilled workforce,
misconceptions about career opportunities, and
rapidly changing technologies.
The Partnership brings together health care employers to address common training and education needs; acts as a channel for training curriculum development to address industry demand; and collaborates with secondary schools, parents, and career counselors to increase health care career awareness.
The Partnership acts as "one voice" in the industry to address common or overlapping human capital needs.
What are the Regional Industry Clusters?
The Northern Tier Workforce Investment Board aims to align resources in order to resolve the workforce skill gaps of local industries thus enhancing their competitive advantage and producing additional high skill, high pay, high demand jobs.
Utilizing industry cluster information, the Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission is focusing workforce and economic development efforts and funding on those industry clusters providing a significant and long-term impact to the region’s economy.
By following set standards, we have selected four industry clusters as the initial groups to focus upon as a region and agency.
- Diversified Manufacturing
- Lumber and Wood Products