The Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board (WDB), dba Advance Central PA, is the governing body of the Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corporation (CPWDC), which serves the Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Area. The largest geographically of the twenty-two workforce development areas in the Commonwealth, Advance Central PA encompasses the counties of Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, and Union.
Local Elected Officials
The Local Elected Official (LEO) Board consists of one County Commissioner from each of our nine counties. The LEO Board provides oversight of Advance Central PA, ensuring fiscal accountability and fulfilling the crucial role of identifying and appointing the most qualified individuals to serve as members of the WDB.
In order to facilitate collaboration, the LEO Board meets quarterly in conjunction with the WDB.
*Local Elected Official Board Member
Workforce Development Board
WDB members represent private sector, organized labor, educational institutions, government agencies, economic development, community organizations, and organizations that offer services through the PA CareerLink®.
These prominent leaders are appointed by the Local Elected Official (LEO) Board to offer their insight and assist in creating a strong workforce. The strength of the Central Pennsylvania WDB is its ability to transform innovative and creative ideas into workforce solutions that support economic growth.
Top priorities of the Central Pennsylvania WDB:
- Identifying workforce issues
- Understanding industry needs and aligning resources
- Securing resources to address local priorities
- Advocating for the importance of workforce policy
- Increasing workplace readiness and foundational skills
- Promoting life-long learning and skill development
- Guiding investments in training initiatives
- Offering PA CareerLink® services that meet the workforce needs of employers
- Positioning the Central PA CareerLink® as the premiere place for job seekers to find employment and for businesses to find qualified talent and workforce solutions
Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board of Directors and Affiliations
Evangelical Community Hospital
Immediate Past Chairperson
Wayne Township Landfill
Union-Snyder Community Action Agency
Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc.
International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE Local 66)
Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science & Technology
PPL Electric Utilities
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW Local 812)
Girton Manufacturing Company
Apex Homes of PA, LLC
Bucknell University Small Business Development Center
Lycoming and Tioga County Assistance Offices
Bureau of Workforce Partnership & Operations
Geisinger Health System
Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
Central Intermediate Unit 10
Advance Central PA’s standing committees are permanent or semi-permanent bodies with specific responsibilities specializing in particular subject matter areas:
Led by the WDB Chair and comprised of members from each of the other Standing Committees plus the LEO Board Chair, the WDB Vice-Chair, and WDB Past-Chair, the Executive Committee convenes to strategize and make decisions in lieu of full quarterly WDB meetings.
Responsible for the integrity and oversight of compliance with statutory governance requirements, the Governance Committee includes volunteers from the WDB and LEO Board who implement a strategic approach to recruiting WDB members for LEO consideration.
Audit Finance Committee
Comprised of WDB and LEO Board members, and led by the WDB Treasurer, the Audit Finance Committee focuses on ensuring the fiscal and budgetary controls are operating efficiently and effectively and is responsible for approving the audit.
Policy & Performance Committee
Responsible for oversight of PA CareerLink® plans and chartering, implementation of policies and procedures, and strategy to meet performance metrics; the WDB members of the Policy & Performance Committee are always seeking ways to continuously improve program delivery and operations.
Comprised of WDB members and each of the County Assistance Office directors from across the region, the EARN Committee oversees the EARN program design and evaluates performance to ensure the offerings are family-centric and impactful.
Comprised of WDB members, and other volunteers from youth-serving organizations across the region, the Youth Committee is responsible for oversight of Youth programming, recommending program providers, and sharing relevant issues and trends helpful to the overall mission of serving young people.
Public Meeting Schedule
2021 Board Meetings
Local Elected Officials (LEO) Board Meeting
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. via Zoom
*June 16 is the Annual Meeting of the Members
Joint Workforce Development Board (WDB) / LEO Board Meeting
2021 Standing Committee Meetings
10:00 a.m. – Noon via Zoom
January 8 – Cancelled
10:00 a.m. – Noon via Zoom