What is the Mid America Workforce Investment Board (MAWIB)?
 
MAWIB is a 29-member board created under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act to be the area's clearinghouse and local expert on workforce development issues

Who are the MAWIB Board Members?
MAWIB's board is comprised of local business, labor, economic development, community-based organizations and leaders, One Stop partners and education leaders

Who does MAWIB serve?
MAWIB serves the residents of Illinois Workforce Investment Area 24 (WIA 24). WIA 24 is comprised of counties Clinton, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair and Washington

What are the key roles of workforce investment boards?
A workforce investment board is charged with addressing the economic and workforce issues affecting the development of a region. Responsibilities include:
  • Serve as point-of-contact for business, industry and the public sector to communicate their workforce needs.
  • Promote strategies to encourage life-long learning and improve workplace skills
  • Assist in the development of new training programs to benefit the region's workforce
  • Conduct planning, oversight and evaluation of local workforce development programs, including the local One Stop Delivery System
  • Coordinate efforts and activities with economic development to promote the region's availability of qualified workers and promote coordination among businesses and the public sector

How will MAWIB address the workforce development issues in Southwestern Illinois?
MAWIB has devised a strategy to both identify and address key issues affecting the workforce development issues in the region. The strategy includes:
  1. Regional Workforce Development Plan - This initiative is comprised of three phases:
    • Phase 1 - Released in December 2003 The 21st Century Workforce, Southwestern Illinois study examined the past, present and future of economic and workforce development in Southwestern Illinois. The study also identified 10 key challenges the region must address in order to compete in the 21st century
    • Phase 2 - MAWIB will report the study's results to the community, solicit feedback and recruit community leaders to champion each challenge
    • Phase 3 - Champions will lead the effort to develop goals, objectives, measures and community challenges
  2. Critical Skills Shortages - This initiative is a three-year project that will implement solutions addressing skill shortages in sectors critical to the Southwestern Illinois economy
  3. Youth Development and Employment - Designed to set policy and plan for comprehensive youth development programs
  4. One Stop Service Centers - Designed to provide employment and training services to job seekers, employers and students. The One Stop Centers bring together the employment, education and training services of multiple agencies under one roof

Questions about MAWIB?
Inquiries about MAWIB and the Board's activities, please contact Rick Stubblefield.