About Us

“To be a leader in the development of a quality workforce that meets the needs of the business community.”

“Through partnerships create a thriving business community with quality jobs, skills, wages and life-long learning.”

The Mother Lode Workforce Board is an economic advisory, planning and policy board. The principle behind the Workforce Board is simple: By assisting local businesses in the recruitment and development of a skilled workforce and by making services available to the business to promote stability and growth, we provide benefit for the business, workers, and our local communities.

The Mother Lode Workforce Board serves Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa and Tuolumne counties. Membership of the Workforce Board is composed of business, civic, education, labor, and other community leaders. Members are appointed by the Mother Lode Board or Directors which is comprised of one county supervisor from each of the four member counties and the Workforce Board chair. The Workforce Board is mandated to have a private sector majority, and the Chair is elected from among the private sector members. Members of the Workforce Board have extensive knowledge of their business and industry, and supporting business clusters, and have authority to engage in Board and community efforts to assure the development of a trained and skilled workforce that will meet business and industry needs, both now and in the future.

The Mother Lode Workforce Board is charged with developing the local workforce development system in compliance with the Federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which was signed into law in 2014. This responsibility includes developing partnerships with businesses and the alignment of government services and programs into a system that is better integrated and responsive to the needs of both business and job seekers.

The Mother Lode Workforce Board receives federal, state, and private funding for employment and workforce services, occupational skills training and educational programs serving the four county local workforce investment area. In addition to legislated responsibilities under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the Workforce Board plays a role in a helping to define and articulate key state and local employment and workforce initiatives. The vision, mission, and goals of the Workforce Board were adopted based on a regional planning process which considered local community needs, and which are supported through a strategic plan. The responsibilities of the Workforce Board include the establishment and oversight of the local America’s Job Centers of California one-stop service delivery system, and the development of partnerships and systems supporting services for business and youth.

Anyone interested in serving on the Workforce Board should contact Dave Thoeny, Executive Director, Mother Lode Job Training/Mother Lode Workforce Investment Board, by filling out the form on our Contact page by clicking here.