Workforce Development Partners

Workforce development partnersWorkforce Development Boards (WDBs) were established by the Wisconsin Workforce Investment Act of 1998. Eleven boards throughout the state work locally on workforce issues, such as coordinating workforce investment activities with area economic development strategies, assisting employers to meet hiring needs, and overseeing programs to retain employees whose jobs have been eliminated due to technology or global economics.

Representatives from several WDBs actively supported the SWIFT Nurse Educator Initiative during the grant funding process with the U.S. Department of Labor. Three of these representatives served on the SWIFT Steering Committee which was co-chaired by Dr. Sally Lundeen and Dick Best, Executive Director of the West Central Wisconsin WDB. The WDBs are committed to partnering with healthcare employers and statewide nursing programs to alleviate the nursing educator shortage by organizing and hosting regional meetings between health care employers and nursing programs to gather nursing workforce data and develop agreements between the employers and nursing programs to support the education of additional local nurse educators.