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Employment and Training Programs

North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board (NCWWDB) is a public/private partnership between government and business that plans, administers and coordinates Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) employment and training programs in the nine counties of Adams, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Oneida, Portage, Vilas, and Wood.  Our purpose is to provide policy, planning, oversight and funding for local workforce development programs and address workforce issues as they emerge within our region.

Programs NCWWDB currently administers are:

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)– NCWWDB provides oversight, guidance and direction for the WIA Youth, Adult, and Dislocated Worker Programs in a nine-county region known as a Workforce Development Area (WDA). These nine counties include Adams, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Oneida, Portage, Wood and Vilas.

  • The purpose of the WIOA Title 1B Youth program is to provide career awareness and employment information services to low-income youth. The goal is for program participants to increase their earnings and future employability.
  • The purpose of the WIOA Title 1B Adult program is to provide employment and training services to unemployed or underemployed adults. The goal is to help program participants find jobs, increase their earnings and escape poverty.
  • The purpose of the WIOA Title 1B Dislocated Worker program is to provide rapid response services to workers who have lost their jobs due to plant closures and mass layoffs, and the goal is to help participants re-enter the workforce through a variety of employment and training services.

Windows to Work (W2W) in Wood County is an offender reentry program that focuses on working with inmates located at the Wood County Jail prior to their release, and up to one year post release. The program is designed to assist offenders in making their transition back into the community. For more information on the W2W in Wood County, contact Dawn Smack, W2W Reentry Coach at 715-459-2548 or dsmack@ncwwdb.org. Go to (W2W landing page) for more information