The Purchase Area Development District administers Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act programs in the Purchase Region under the direction of the West Kentucky Workforce Board which serves the seventeen counties of the Purchase and Pennyrile Areas.
The West Kentucky Workforce Board (WKWB) is a non-profit organization responsible for managing local workforce development projects throughout the Purchase/Pennyrile regions, in conjunction with local elected officials. The WKWB subcontracts with the Purchase and Pennyrile Area Development Districts to provide services in the local regions.
The West Kentucky Workforce Board (WKWB) governs the local One-Stop Career Center System in the Purchase and Pennyrile counties of Kentucky.
Partners in the Career Center include WIOA, Office of Employment and Training, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, and Adult Education.
Workforce Development issues pervade every community's needs as they move to a New Economy with 21st Century opportunities and meet changing demands. The Department of Labor governs workforce development initiatives mainly through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA). Under this Act, local areas are charged with establishing a local "One-Stop Career Center system" in order to develop a seamless approach to assisting individuals and businesses in employment and training activities.
Major initiatives that the WKWB supports include:
Economic Development support
Career Centers operations
Dislocated Worker Retraining Opportunities
Low-Income Adult Training Opportunities
Local Youth Programs
WIOA services are available to unemployed or underemployed adults, dislocated workers (those people who have lost jobs through no fault of their own), and youth. Eligibility is determined by WIA Workforce Specialists who are located area Kentucky Career Centers.
For more information, contact the Purchase Area Development District at 270-247-7171 or toll free at 1-877-352-5183.