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    NCWWDB Dislocated Worker welding program student

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    NCWWDB funded machine tool program participant

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    NCWWDB funded computer lab students

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    NCWWDB funded healthcare students

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    NCWWDB welding class tour: worker at Norlen , Inc


The mission of the North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board (NCWWDB) is to cultivate a skilled and competitive workforce which meets the demands of employers in the region.

Created by the Federal Workforce Innovative Opportunity Act, (WIOA) workforce development boards oversee the design and delivery of locally customized job training programs and workforce development initiatives. NCWWDB is one of eleven Boards in Wisconsin. A majority of Board members, as well as the Board Chairman, are representatives from the private sector. Other Board members represent education, labor, and community-based organizations. NCWWDB serves nine counties: Adams, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Oneida, Marathon, Portage, Vilas, and Wood.

NCWWDB is uniquely structured to guide workforce development in the region by:

  • engaging and connecting local employers, educators, and community organizations to more effectively align workforce resources;
  • identifying, obtaining, and directing resources toward skilling, re-skilling, and building a future pipeline of workers to meet regional demands;
  • identifying and disseminating regional labor market data and trends which impact short-term and long-term development of a skilled labor pool;
  • overseeing publicly-funded WIA programs and the One-Stop Job Centers in the region.

Success Stories


Randi Drace's Success Story

Having lost her job, Randi made a decision that drastically effected her and her family, but a decision that would lead to a better life. Randi had always dreamed of having her college degree and pursued it with her family's support and the support of the WIA Dislocated Worker program. Through all the hardships that she endured while in school, Randi never gave up on her dream.

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Lindsey Huffman's Success Story

Watching her father work on diesel engine and being around heavy equipment, Lindsey knew exactly what her career would be; she wanted to be a Diesel Mechanic like her father. She knew that this wasn't going to be an easy path, but she knew she could do it. Through the difficult times, with the support of her family and the WIA Adult program, Lindsey accomplished her dream.

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Bessie McGee's Success Story

With the move to Wausau from Chicago, Bessie saw a chance to better her life and create a brighter future. What had seemed impossible had now become a reality; Bessie had not only successfully completed her program, but excelled from her classes to creating relationships in the community and mentoring other young women who are going through what she had been through.

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