WORKING WITH ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Assistance technical and adult centers provide to local businesses develops
mutually beneficial relationships that can result in members for advisory councils,
sources of employment for graduates, donations of equipment and materials, and
other positive outcomes, including the development of local economies.
For assistance in meeting all the training and education needs of local business
and industry, your most important contact is the Executive Director of the Office
of Adult Education and Workforce Development at 304-558-0280.
All local and adult administrators should work with, at minimum, these three
Workforce Investment Act (WIA)
State and Federal Training Program, administered through WORKFORCE
Chambers of Commerce
Workforce Investment Act
The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998 represented the first major reform
and restructuring of federal job training programs in 16 years. It replaced the Job
Training Partnership Act of 1982. The West Virginia Legislature passed Senate
Bill 454, which changed the name of the Bureau of Employment Programs to
Workforce West Virginia. It also renamed the Division of Job Training as the
Division of Research and created a Division of Workforce Development.
Workforce West Virginia now includes the Division of Unemployment
Compensation, Division of Employment Service, Division of Workforce
Development and Division of Research, Information and Analysis. In February
2002, the WV Legislature passed HB 4083, signed by Gov. Wise March 4, 2002,
which created the West Virginia Workforce Investment Council (WVWIC.) The
council is composed of civic and industry leaders from West Virginia. It is their
responsibility to set the policies and procedures that Workforce West Virginia
uses to administer WIA programs in the state.
WIA provides workforce development services to adults, dislocated workers, and
youth and Rapid Response/Dislocated worker services to employers and
individuals in businesses/industries that are closing or down-sizing. In FY 2006,
a statewide total of 6,608 WIA registrants were served – 2,541adults, 2,501
displaced workers, 1,320 older youth (19-21) and 319 younger youth (14-18.)
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Note: Information regarding the enrollment of WIA eligible students in career and
technical programs using WIA Individual Training Accounts is covered in the
section on Financial Aid for Adult Students.
Goals of WIA in West Virginia
1. To design and implement a comprehensive, fully integrated workforce
development system that appropriately balances state and local roles,
responsibilities and accountability and fosters “true local partnering and
ownership” for regional workforce development.
2. To ensure every employee, job seeker and employer are aware of and have
universal access and choice to the full continuum of available workforce
development programs and services in West Virginia
3. To leverage collaboration, public and private, at all levels and among all
stakeholders that builds system capacity, optimizes resources and sustains
measurable high performance throughout the system.
4. To ensure connectivity between West Virginia economic development
initiatives and goals and workforce development activities so as to match career
opportunities and programs to well-defined and documented workforce needs
that results in a truly skilled workforce.
5. To advance a system-wide customer-focused, quality culture that is
6. To demonstrate appropriate accountability of organizations, individuals and
processes throughout the system.
WIA Regional System Structure
The state is divided into seven WIA regions, each governed by a Local
Workforce Investment Board (WIB.) These local Boards are independent and
The Region 1 WIB Service Area includes 11 Counties: Fayette, Greenbrier.
McDowell, Mercer, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Raleigh, Webster, Wyoming,
Contact Melissa Aguilar, Executive Director
The Region 2 WIB Service Area includes 7 Counties: Boone, Cabell, Lincoln,
Logan, Mingo, Putnam, Wayne
Contact Claude J. Hunt, Executive Director
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The Region 3 WIB Service Area includes 1 County: Kanawha
Contact Curtis Hardman, Executive Director
The Region 4 WIB Service Area includes 9 Counties: Calhoun, Clay, Jackson,
Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt, Wood
Contact Joyce Okes. Program Director
The Region 5 WIB Service Area includes 6 Counties: Brooke, Hancock, Marshall,
Ohio, Tyler, Wetzel
Contact Rosemary Guida, Executive Director
The Region 6 WIB Service Area includes 13 Counties: Barbour, Braxton,
Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Lewis, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, Randolph,
Taylor, Tucker, Upshur
Contact Barbara DeMary, Executive Director
The Region 7 WIB Service Area includes 8 Counties: Berkeley, Grant,
Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan, Pendleton
Contact Donna Leighton, Executive Director
It is appropriate for local CTE representatives to make known their interest and
willingness to serve on the regional Workforce Investment Boards covering their
counties. Even if not a member, all local CTE administrators should attend
Board meetings and make the WIB Directors and Board members aware of the
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services career and technical education can provide to promote economic
development in their Workforce Investment Act (WIA) region.
WORKFORCE West Virginia One-Stop Network
The State has a mission to create a network of WorkForce West Virginia One-
Stop Centers. There are currently 19 comprehensive One-Stop centers and 21
satellite One-Stop locations in the State.
According to the WIA, Adult Basic Education is a mandated partner in the
development and operation of WorkForce West Virginia Centers. Local eligible
recipients of Carl Perkins funds are also named as partners but do not have the
financial obligations Adult Basic Education has in providing resources for the
Centers’ operation. Participation as a member on the local WorkForce West
Virginia Center Board will provide technical and adult administrators opportunities
to make the employers and job seekers who are the customers of the Centers
aware of the services and training opportunities available at the local CTE
State Training Awards through WORKFORCE West Virginia
Governor’s Guaranteed Workforce Program
The purpose of this State funded program is to improve the quality of West
Virginia’s work force. The program targets private “for-profit” companies
designated as targeted industries through the West Virginia Development Office.
Retail, construction and service organizations (such as retail, construction firms,
hotels/motels, restaurants and other non-manufacturers) make their business
decisions because of existing business activity in an area. Training support in
these industry sectors is not an economic development factor. Consequently,
these types of businesses/organizations can not be considered for funding by the
Funding decisions are based on a variety of factors including need and wages
paid vs. median per capita income of region. The program primarily provides
funding for businesses utilizing external trainers. However, internal training is an
allowable activity, providing the trainer is employed in another capacity (i.e., team
leader, mature worker, and supervisor) or if the trainer is training outside their
current scope of duties. In that event, the GGWFP can pay internal trainer
wages. (Note: The program does not pay trainee wages.)
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The major priority for application of this program is in the manufacturing sector
for entry-level positions, positions resulting from expansion and necessary
upgrades for retention purposes.
New and Expanding Project Types: Businesses must be creating a minimum of
10 net new jobs within a twelve-month period to qualify and, in these instances,
no cash match is required.
Existing/Incumbent Project Types: To qualify, a company must be in business in
West Virginia at least one year. A 50/50 cash match is required and the training
must provide a portable credential, wage upgrade with backfill and/or address
some type of new technology.
Competitive Improvement Program (Federal Dollars)
This program is federally funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission
(ARC). It assists either small (fewer than 50 employees) and/or medium-sized
businesses (50 - 500 employees) listed on the targeted industry list from the
West Virginia Development Office that have been in business in West Virginia for
a minimum of one year.
The program cannot assist “Fortune 500” companies. The program requires a
50/50 cash match and an in-kind contribution (employee wages.) It does not
support internal training costs. New job creation is not a requirement.
Companies must demonstrate the need for work-force training to support a
competitive improvement activity. A variety of training providers are utilized.
Typical training areas include safety, computer skills, Quality System
Development, Lean Manufacturing, CNC programming, and basic electrical
Small Business Workforce Program
The Small Business WorkForce (SBWF) training grant gives small businesses a
competitive edge by providing access to quality workforce training and raises the
skill level of West Virginia’s small business workforce.
SBWF reimburses pre-approved technology, technical, and regulatory
compliance training for small businesses. Most small businesses are eligible for
up to $5,000. Award decisions are made monthly and, in most cases, SBWF can
give businesses an answer to their request within 30 days.
Small businesses choose the trainer, the location, and the date for training.
SBWF then reimburses businesses for these pre-approved training expenses.
Most businesses receive their reimbursement within 35 days from the date the
reimbursement is requested. SBWF also works with local business organizations
to underwrite low-cost group training for an area’s small business community.
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Seminars in customer service, marketing, or other specialized topics can be
SBWF can fund up to 100% of actual training costs. Small businesses match
this amount in-kind with the payment of wages, travel expenses, and lost
If you have questions about the Small Business Work Force program, contact
Kimberly Donahue at 1-888-WVA-SBDC or email@example.com.
CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE
Technical and adult administrators should maintain close relationships with their
local Chambers of Commerce. Even though Chambers support political activity,
the West Virginia Ethics Commission has ruled that it is not unethical for CTE
centers to join; however, there is no statutory basis for a school to pay for
membership in any organization other than the School Boards Association.
Chambers may make CTE centers honorary members. Whether you are a
member or not, your local Chamber will welcome your participation in Chamber
activities and will want to feature quality CTE programs in their local promotional
campaigns. Chamber activities provide excellent opportunities to network with
local business communities. Chambers also provide information on and contacts
with other economic development entities.
LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITIES
If you do not have a relationship with your local Economic Development
Authority, your contacts at the local Chamber of Commerce can direct you to
them. These entities have access to funding for economic development
HOW YOU CAN ASSIST
You may be asked to assist a new or existing business through your
relationships with the three economic development entities described above. Or
you may be approached directly by a business that has had previous positive
experience with CTE centers. Either way, there are tools you can use to provide
the assistance they need.
You may be able to refer students in your existing programs to employers to fill
current job openings. If your center has a reputation for quality programs and
works with the business to find the right student for the job, the business will
benefit by hiring individuals who have shown a commitment to their career area
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through completion of a concentration, who have been trained, and whose
grades and attendance records show a strong work ethic.
Placement in Existing Full or Part-time Occupational Training Programs
Many businesses need training for new or existing employees that can be
provided by enrolling them in your existing full or part-time occupational
programs. The key to the success of this approach is to coordinate the training
schedule with the employees work schedule and to customize the training within
the existing program so it provides the skills the employee needs (and only those
skills) in the shortest time available. Quick response time, while providing quality
training, is the key to successfully working with businesses.
If businesses need training for current employees that does not match your
existing programs, you can design and offer a customized program for them
using your adult part-time funding with tuition being paid by the company. In
order to do that for small numbers of employees, you can, with the company’s
permission, allow other students to enroll in the class or you can require the
company to pay tuition for a minimum number of students regardless of the
actual number attending.
It often works well to hire an experienced employee of the company as an
instructor for the class. Remember that the schedule as well as the curriculum
for the class should be developed to meet the needs of the employer.
Customized training directly related to the needs of a particular company or a
group of companies may qualify for state or federal training dollars. Contact the
GGWFP for additional information at 304-558-7027.
Adult Basic Education
Your adult basic education program has a great deal to offer to local businesses.
One, of course, is the improvement of the basic academic skills of the business’s
current employees. In order to identify the gap between what academic skills
employees need to perform their jobs safely and efficiently and what their
academic skills levels are, the ABE program can administer the nationally
recognized WorkKeys assessment.
The ABE department also has an excellent system for delivering workplace
readiness skill training and assessing the readiness skills of job applicants.
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Financial Assistance for Training Activities
Local technical and adult administrators can also serve businesses by identifying
the sources of funding described in this section or offered by the Office of Adult
Education and Workforce Development of the West Virginia Department of
Good Neighbor Assistance
Sometimes, the most helpful thing you can do for a local business is as simple as
providing them with space for a meeting or training activity. Be open to requests
for this type of assistance.
Designing and Pricing Training for Business and Industry
You can use the worksheet on the following page as a checklist to make sure
you have taken into consideration all the aspects of planning a training program
for businesses/industries/organizations and to determine what your costs will be
and how much you will charge. Then you can use the sample agreements that
follow to develop your own template for the form you will use to confirm what you
will provide, what the business will provide and how much they will pay you.
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WORKSHEET FOR DEVELOPING A TRAINING PROGRAM
FOR BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY
Here is a worksheet you can use to develop a contract for a customized training program for a
local business or industry.
Name of Business: _________________________________________________________
Contact Person: __________________________________________________________
Contact’s Phone ________________________ E-Mail ____________________________
Type of Training: __________________________________________________________
# of Trainees: ____________________ Pre- or Post-Hire _______________________
Clock Hours: ______________ Start Date: ______________ End Date:____________
Day(s) of Week: __________________Start Time: ___________ End Time: __________
Location: ______________________________If School, Fee*:_______________
Instructor Address: __________________________________________________________
Instructor Phone: ___________________________E-Mail:_________________________
Certification Status: __________________________________________________________
Salary (fringes): Per hour: ____________________Total:_________________________
Equipment Needed: __________________________________________________________
Who Provides: ________________________ If School, Fee: _____________________
Who Provides: _______________________ If School, Fee: ______________________
Instructional Materials: _________________________________________________________
Who Provides: ________________________If School, Fee: _____________________
Test Fees: __________________________________________________________
*This should include your customary fee for the use of the room during regular school hours plus
the additional costs to you if you have to provide custodial or building supervision for use outside
regular school hours.
Determine your instructor cost per hour, including salary and, if a school system employee, fringe
benefits. If your county has a set tuition for part-time instructors, determine the number of
students you would need, at that rate, to meet this cost. This is the break-even point on teacher
salary/fringes and you should charge this even if there are fewer students. For example, if your
breakeven point is ten students, you will charge for ten even if there are only five. On the other
hand, if there are 15 students, you will charge for 15. To this, add all other fees and costs to
determine the final set amount you will charge the company. Don’t make this too low. You will
apply money left over after all costs are paid to purchase replacement equipment and to
otherwise maintain the school. You can use the sample contracts on the following pages to
design your own.
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Training Proposal for
Basic Training Course: Basic CNC Operations
Participants: Four employees
Training Provider: Mercer County Technical Education
1397 Stafford Drive
Princeton, WV 24740
Contact: Linda Cox, Ed.S.
Facilitator, Service to Business &
This course will be an introduction to the computer numerical
control machine operations and control features. It will cover
operational and set-up procedures on a typical machining center.
Demonstration will be accompanied by hands-on practice by
A brief introduction to programming will be presented only as
needed to effectively demonstrate the operation of a CNC machine.
Equipment and materials will be provided by Mercer County
Technical Education Center. Both parties will agree upon scheduled
time for the 40 hours of training.
Course Fee: $______________
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Memorandum of Agreement
James Rumsey Technical Institute
(insert company name)
This memorandum of agreement constitutes a contract between the two parties named
above and specified reimbursement and services to be provided.
James Rumsey Technical Institute will conduct a (insert class name) consisting of _____ hours of
James Rumsey Technical Institute, through its Business and Industry Services, will provide
a. A qualified instructor;
b. Use of classroom and/or lab facilities at James Rumsey Technical Institute;
c. All course materials and supplies;
d. Pre-program planning as required;
e. Post-program planning as required;
f. A James Rumsey Technical Institute Certificate of Completion to each (company
name) employee who successfully completes the program.
(company name) will provide the following:
Financial support for teacher salary, facility fee, and registration fee for a total of
(enter amount). One-half of the payment will be made prior to the start of
training with the balance due at the conclusion of the training.
(company representative) Vicki R. Jenkins
James Rumsey Technical Institute
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