The Workforce Development Board of Passaic County (WDB) is dedicated to supporting workforce and economic development by connecting Passaic County New Jersey residents to jobs and ensuring that employers have the skilled workers they need to grow, compete, and prosper. Created pursuant to the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA), the WDB's role is to ensure that optimal investments are made in Passaic County to support workforce development, training, and job preparation for residents. The WDB also engages businesses to link the services of the local workforce system with the needs of employers within the county.

The primary responsibilities of the WDB are to:

  • Promote private sector employer participation in all workforce activities to assist in meeting their hiring needs, and to connect workforce investment with local and regional development strategies.
  • Develop a budget for carrying out the duties of the WDB.
  • Certify the One-Stop operators with the agreement of the chief elected officials.
  • Identify providers of training and labor market services.
  • Award contracts to certified service providers.
  • Identify and award competitive contracts to providers of youth services.
  • Establish local performance measures and standards.
  • Conduct oversight of all workforce activities.
  • Develop a five-year plan to address the needs of the local workforce development area.

The U.S. Congress has mandated that employers drive the Board's policy direction. Therefore, the majority of the Board (51%) must come from the private sector. The entire Board is composed of leaders from the fields of business, education, labor, community and faith-based organizations, and government. A minimum of 15% are from organized labor and community-based organizations. The Board must consist of a minimum of 37 members and 2 executive members (the County Executive and the Chairman of the Board of Chosen Freeholders). Every Workforce Development Board is expected to reflect the gender, race, and ethnic composition of the community it serves.

Resumes of prospective Board members are submitted to the County Executive for nomination and then to the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders for a resolution and appointment to a three-year term, in accordance with the terms of the Workforce Investment Act.

Enacted in 1998 by the 105th Congress of the United States under the Clinton administration, the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) aims to consolidate, coordinate, and improve employment, training, literacy, and vocational rehabilitation programs in the United States. This Federal legislation created Workforce Development Boards (WDBs) in all 50 States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Territories to oversee policy on workforce development and coordinate services through a network of 3,000 One-Stop Career Centers, implementing initiatives for potential workers and employers in one convenient location.

The goal of the WIA is to provide workforce development services to employers and workers through a universally accessible, information-driven, One-Stop Career Center System. WIA legislates how to create the job training system; WDBs design the system according to their local needs. Job training is provided to currently employed workers, dislocated workers, and those entering or returning to the workforce. Special programs for youth, literacy, and disabilities are also available.

Led by over 550 Workforce Development Boards (WDBs) nationwide, the publicly funded workforce system is giving millions of unemployed the tools to reenter the workforce. Read more about how WDBs work and the role of elected officials under WIA.

State and federal dollars fund the Workforce Development Board. The WDB addresses issues of funding, including the creation of private/public partnerships to apply for competitive grants.

WIA requires a "one-stop" delivery system where state and local agency partners are tasked with delivering a universally accessible, integrated system of labor market information and education/training programs – free of charge. Once the WDB, in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, determines a business need, personnel at the One-Stop Career Centers assist with recruiting and training employees. One-Stop Career Centers are accountable for the results of their work.

The Passaic County One Stop is located at 200 Memorial Dr. Paterson, NJ.

Services for Employers

  • Employee Search Assistance:
  • Hiring Programs
  • Skills Training Programs
  • Employer-Benefit Programs
  • Labor Market Information
  • Funding for Training

Services for Job Seekers:

  • Job Search Assistance
  • Free Office Resources
  • Resource Library
  • Support Services
  • Career Assistance
  • Training

Information on workforce training, grants, and related services can be found under the Employer section of this Website.

Information about career education, workforce training, and grants can be found under the Job Seeker section of this Website.

Information on resources to assist you in your career goals can be found under Youth Services section on this Website.

Information on resources to assist you with your career goals can be found under Disability Services on this Website.

All minutes of Board meetings are made accessible shortly after each meeting and archived on the WDB's Website.

In addition to connecting individuals with available jobseeker, business, youth, and disability services, the WDB wants to hear from highly qualified business leaders interested in future service. Please contact us to express your interest.

The Workforce Development Board of Passaic County (WDB) serves the geographic boundaries of Passaic County, New Jersey. The Passaic County WDB serves as one of the 17 local boards throughout the State of New Jersey.

Additional information on WIA and Workforce Development Boards can be found at the United States Department of Labor website.

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