The Pennsylvania Workforce Investment Board (PA WIB) is the governor's principal private-sector policy advisor on building a strong workforce development system aligned with state education policies and economic development goals. Its members are appointed by the governor and represent a cross-section of business executives, labor officials, education leaders, economic development practitioners and local elected officials. Additionally, the cabinet secretaries of five state agencies, as well as four members of the general assembly, serve on the board.
The PA WIB was established February 14, 2000 by Executive Order of Governor Tom Ridge. In early 2012, Governor Tom Corbett reorganized the membership of the PA WIB. He reappointed David Malone, the President and CEO of Gateway Financial Group, to be the board's chair. Mr. Malone has served as chair of the Pennsylvania Workforce Investment Board since 2004.
The board's mission is to ensure that Pennsylvania's entire workforce system, covering many programs in multiple departments and agencies, meets employers' needs for skilled workers and workers' needs for career and economic advancement. Additionally, the board is responsible for providing policy guidance and direction, evaluating performance and recommending continuous improvements.
New - Notice of Grant Availability
The Pennsylvania Workforce Investment Board in October 2014 recommended a portion of the WIA Discretionary monies from fiscal year 2013-14 be utilized to fund Business-Education Partnerships. Business-Education Partnerships connect local businesses with school districts to promote job opportunities and career pathways. These programs increase awareness of in-demand technical careers for students, their parents, and educators to engage more students in the technical skills required by employers. The partnerships connect schools, employers and students to provide career-related experiences and exposure opportunities for students through soft skills development, internships, workplace shadowing, career mentoring, etc.
This Notice of Grant Availability (NGA) outlines the requirements necessary to obtain Business-Education Partnership grant funds.
Questions regarding the content of this NGA must be submitted, in writing, via RA-LI-PAWIB@PA.GOV