Mountain Area Careers is a partnership of employers, educators (K12, community colleges, and four-year universities) and workforce partners in our region.

Employers, educators and workforce partners have developed career pathways in the Advanced Manufacturing and Hospitality & Tourism sectors which have been certified by the NCWorks Commission as “NCWorks Certified Career Pathways.” The purpose of career pathways is to assist employers in meeting their workforce needs along with helping job seekers find the best career opportunity for them. This project is funded through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) through the United States Department of Labor and the North Carolina Department of Commerce and is intended to reach Dislocated Workers with career outreach.

The Mountain Area Workforce Development Board (MAWDB) is created through the federal legislation, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), and the Board serves Buncombe, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania counties. Over 50% of the Board’s membership is comprised of representatives from private industry. The remaining members represent Economic Development Agencies, Education, Community Based Organizations, Organized Labor and Local Government. The Board’s budget exceeds $2 million annually and we allocate those funds for skill training in the four-county area. All services provided through the NC Works Career Centers are free of charge unless otherwise noted. Mountain Area Workforce Development Board is an equal opportunity employer and provider of career development, training and employment services.

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