What is a Workforce Development Board?
Workforce Development Boards (sometimes called “Local Boards”) bring together representatives from business, labor, community-based organizations, education, human services, economic development and other critical groups to rethink and restructure the way local workforce development services are planned and delivered. It is their charge to create a user-friendly, world-class workforce that enables individuals to achieve their potential; ensure employers have the skilled workers they need to compete effectively in the global economy; and capitalize on the untapped potential of unemployed, underemployed, and dislocated workers, youth and other job seekers with special needs. Maine has four Workforce Development Boards, including the Coastal Counties Workforce Board (CCWB).
What are the Coastal Counties Workforce Board’s primary responsibilities?
The primary responsibilities of the board are to:
- Promote private sector employer participation in all workforce activities, to assist in meeting their hiring needs, and to connect workforce investment with local and regional economic development strategies.
- Certify the One-Stop Operator(s) with agreement of the chief elected officials.
- Develop a budget for carrying out the activities of the WIB.
- Identify providers of training and labor market services.
- Award contracts to certified service providers.
- Identify and award competitive contracts to providers of youth services based on recommendations of the Youth Council.
- Establish local performance measures and standards.
- Conduct oversight of all workforce activities in their region.
- Develop a local plan to address the needs of the local workforce area.
Who can be a member of the Coastal Counties Workforce Board?
The Coastal Counties Workforce Board is a 30-member board with members from all six counties in our region, 51% of whom are members of private sector businesses. Within the 30 members, CCWB is required by law to have representatives from organized labor, economic development, local service providers and education.
How often and where does the Workforce Board meet?
The Coastal Counties Workforce Board meets quarterly. Meeting dates, times and locations are posted on the CCWI website along with minutes from recent meetings.
How is Coastal Counties Workforce, Inc. (CCWI) related to the Coastal Counties Workforce Board (CCWB)?
Coastal Counties Workforce, Inc. is the nonprofit arm of the Coastal Counties Workforce Board. Workforce Boards are limited by federal statute in the services they can provide and the funds they can access. CCWI was established in 2003 to provide staff to the Workforce Board and provide access to additional resources to expand services to businesses and job seekers in the region.
How is Coastal Counties Workforce, Inc. involved in the community?
As a convener and overseer of workforce development activities in six counties, CCWI partners with a variety of public and private organizations to develop strategies to address economic needs in the region. Currently, CCWI is actively involved in implementing strategies to support workers who will need to upgrade their skills to remain competitive as the economy continues to transition. CCWI is also a partner with economic development agencies, community colleges, chambers of commerce and veterans groups, working to support growth in a variety of industries in Maine.
Where does the money come from to support Coastal Counties Workforce, Inc.?
Coastal Counties Workforce, Inc. is primarily supported by funds from the federal Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act of 2014. (Between 1998-2014 the predecessor legislation was the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 or WIA). In addition to WIOA funds, CCWI receives funds through grants and contracts competitively procured from the U.S. Department of Labor, the State of Maine, private foundations, business partners and individuals.
Who are our customers?
The primary customers of the workforce investment system are job seekers and businesses. Maine’s workforce investment system is “demand driven.” This means targeting resources in ensuring that Maine’s employers have access to workers with the skills required to compete in the global economy and that Maine’s workers – both employed and unemployed – have access to education and training opportunities that provide them with the skills required by today’s employers.
What is the Make It in America Grant project?
In October 2013, Coastal Counties Workforce, Inc. (CCWI) and its partners were awarded $2,050,000 in federal funding to support the establishment of an advanced manufacturing accelerator. CCWI has been awarded $1.3 million by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, while the U.S. Economic Development Administration is funding $750,000 of the project for the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority (MRRA) to establish TechPlace, an Advanced Manufacturing, Science and Technology Business Accelerator on the campus of Brunswick Landing (the former NASB). The funding was made possible through a collaborative “Make It in America Challenge” (MIIA) which includes a number of federal agencies coming together to accelerate job creation, worker training, foreign direct investment and domestic business expansion. In addition to MRRA, the Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) will receive $375,000 in National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) funding to deliver training and technical services. Other key partners in this initiative include the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development, the Brunswick Development Corporation, Goodwill Industries of Northern New England, Southern Maine Community College and the University of Maine.
What is the Make It in America Grant focus area?
CCWI’s funding will be used to reduce H-1B dependency in the targeted sectors by providing industry-recognized credentials and customized skills training to Maine manufacturing companies’ incumbent workers and increasing access to career pathways for unemployed workers by offering internships combined with industry-recognized credential training to create a “co-op” experience at selected Maine manufacturing companies.
Who receives and administers the Make It in America Grant funds?
Coastal Counties Workforce, Inc. (CCWI) is the grant administrator. CCWI worked with Southern Maine Community College (SMCC), the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority (MRRA), Goodwill Industries of Northern New England (Goodwill), Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) and other community partners to develop the proposal.
Which companies are eligible for the grant services?
Eligible businesses are those located in Cumberland, Sagadahoc, Androscoggin, Kennebec and Lincoln counties within the targeted industries identified above. Businesses must either be willing to provide internship work sites and training to individuals who have an interest in the targeted sectors or be interested in having their incumbent workers receive training.
How can I find out if I am eligible for this grant’s services?
Individuals who are currently unemployed or seeking employment in the targeted industries and occupations listed above may be eligible for this grant’s employment and training opportunities. Individuals can be referred by an employer or self-refer. Contact your local CareerCenter and Workforce Solutions Center in person at 275 Bath Road in Brunswick, Maine, or by calling (207) 373-4000.
What happens if I’m not eligible for the grant?
Unemployed workers who are interested in a job with an employer partner but who are either not granted an interview or whose skills are well below what is needed to be hired into a STEM-related occupation will be referred to employment counselors within the existing CareerCenter network for continued job search assistance and job development. Additional resources are available to assist in obtaining employment. Contact your local CareerCenter and Workforce Solutions Center in person at 275 Bath Road in Brunswick, Maine, or by calling (207) 373-4000.
What industries and occupations are targeted by the grant?
Targeted industries include aerospace/aviation, composites/advanced materials, renewable energy and biotechnology manufacturing. CCWI’s funding will be used to reduce H-1B dependency in the targeted sectors by providing industry-recognized credentials and customized skills training to Maine manufacturing companies’ incumbent workers and increasing access to career pathways for unemployed workers by offering internships combined with industry-recognized credential training to create a “co-op” experience at selected Maine manufacturing companies.
Who can I contact for additional information?
Whether you are an employer/business or a potential trainee interested in the grant, you can call 207-571-3301 or 207-210-5731 and speak with Ryan Anderson of Goodwill Workforce Solutions. Alternatively, if you are a business interested in seeking training for your incumbent workers, you may call 207-725-5472 and speak with Donald Marino of Coastal Counties Workforce, Inc.