April 2021 NewsWIB
Spotlight on the SWORWIB
SWORWIB Recertified by the State of Ohio!
Thank you to our Outstanding Board Members!
On April 7, 2021, the State of Ohio, through the Department of Job and Family Services, re-certified the Southwest Ohio Region Workforce Investment Board (SWORWIB). The Board leadership team completed a vigorous application process during March and April. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 established the certification criteria, which includes board membership and required functions of the board. SWORWIB met, and in most instances, exceeded all certification criteria in Board membership, Nomination process, Authority of board members, Sunshine Law/transparency provisions, By-laws, and Standing Committees. Highlights of the re-certification results are as follows:
  • Business representation - over 58% of SWORWIB members are comprised of leaders from the private sector as well as from local small businesses. Criteria requirement: 51%
  • Workforce partners - 22% of the Board is made-up of workforce and WIOA partners, supporting the OhioMeansJobs Center and system. Criteria requirement: 20%
  • Community/Disability and Veteran organizations - 10% of membership is made up by representatives from disability, community, and veterans’ organizations
  • Economic Development partners - local economic development leaders make up 6% of membership
  • County/City Elected Officials - local elected officials from Cincinnati and Hamilton County make up 4% of the Board’s membership
  • Best practices - SWORWIB’s recertification also emphasized some of the Board’s best practices. As the largest workforce development board in the tristate, and one of largest in the nation, SWORWIB executes an inclusive membership recruitment strategy. The Board’s Nominating Committee (a standing committee of the Board) completes an annual analysis of the Board’s diversity, equity, and inclusion based upon business and community representation, gender, ethnicity, and generations of board members. That strategy drives the nomination process for new board members, resulting in SWORWIB having one of the most diverse workforce boards in the nation, with a membership comprised of 50% women and 46% minorities, along with members spanning across multiple generations including Baby Boomers, Gen X, XX, and Millennials. While many organizations are touting their intentions in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion, SWORWIB lives out this practice!
Thank you and congratulations to our 50 SWORWIB members for their leadership, innovation, talents, and dedication!
The Southwest Ohio Region Workforce Investment Board (SWORWIB) is a 501c3 Ohio chartered nonprofit organization. The SWORWIB implements WIOA in the City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. The board is responsible for developing strategies to engage employers, employees, job seekers, government, education, organized labor and community-based organizations in a partnership to strengthen and expand the workforce resources of the region for the benefit of all the participants and communities where we live, work and raise our families.
Youth, Friends & Family
Virtual Career Fair Held on April 30th
Thank you to our Employers and Partners!