Members of the Bergen WDB are committed to building strong and vital relationships between business and the public workforce system. To this end, WDB business and community leaders contribute thousands of hours of in-kind services every year, saving the County tens of thousands of dollars in consulting fees. We are ambassadors and champions for the workforce development system. We are helping to identify new resources for leveraging public dollars. We engage in the Board’s work by serving on at least one of the following standing committees.
The Executive Committee is the head of all functional committees and is comprised of the WDB director, chair, and vice-chair in addition to the chairs of each committee. The executive committee develops policy and makes recommendations to the board for the strategic workforce plan to ensure continuity and accomplishment of the WDB’s mission and goals. The Committee also reviews the participation of members to ensure compliance with Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) mandates. Additionally, the Executive Committee recruits new members by suggesting names of business representatives who are interested in service and submits the names of candidates to the County Executive, who, subsequently, makes appointments.
Business Development Committee
The Business and Economic Development Committee compares existing publicly funded services and programs with needs indicated by labor market information to determine areas of need.
The Disabilities Committee ensures that all services, including those at the comprehensive One-Stop Career Center (OSCC), and external training sites, are accessible to persons with disabilities and that outreach efforts effectively reach this population. The Committee also promotes collaboration with the public and private sectors to increase awareness and influence policy related to employment for people with disabilities.
One-Stop Program and Operations Committee
The One-Stop Committee develops linkages among the various organizations involved with providing core, intensive, and training services to the Bergen County workforce. This committee provides guidance to the One-Stop Career System in order to ensure its effectiveness, efficiency, and continuous improvement. The One-Stop Committee also has a sub-committees that oversee the literacy and youth programs.