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The Mother Lode

Workforce Development Board

Mission: To be a leader in the development of a quality workforce that meets the needs of the business community.

Vision: Through partnerships create a thriving business community with quality jobs, skills, wages and life-long learning.

Mother Lode Job Training/ the Mother Lode Workforce Board is an economic advisory, planning and policy board. The principle behind the Workforce Board is simple: By assisting local businesses in the recruitment and development of a skilled workforce and by making services available to the business to promote stability and growth, we provide benefit for the business, workers, and our local communities.

The Mother Lode Workforce Board serves Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa and Tuolumne counties. Membership of the Workforce Board is composed of business, civic, education, labor, and other community leaders. Members are appointed by the Mother Lode Board or Directors which is comprised of one county supervisor from each of the four member counties and the Workforce Board chair. The Workforce Board is mandated to have a private sector majority, and the Chair is elected from among the private sector members. Members of the Workforce Board have extensive knowledge of their business and industry, and supporting business clusters, and have authority to engage in Board and community efforts to assure the development of a trained and skilled workforce that will meet business and industry needs, both now and in the future.

The Mother Lode Workforce Board is charged with developing the local workforce development system in compliance with the Federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which was signed into law in 2014. This responsibility includes developing partnerships with businesses and the alignment of government services and programs into a system that is better integrated and responsive to the needs of both business and job seekers.

The Mother Lode Workforce Board receives federal, state, and private funding for employment and workforce services, occupational skills training and educational programs serving the four county local workforce investment area. In addition to legislated responsibilities under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the Workforce Board plays a role in a helping to define and articulate key state and local employment and workforce initiatives. The vision, mission, and goals of the Workforce Board were adopted based on a regional planning process which considered local community needs, and which are supported through a strategic plan. The responsibilities of the Workforce Board include the establishment and oversight of the local America’s Job Centers of California one-stop service delivery system, and the development of partnerships and systems supporting services for business and youth.

Workforce Development Board
Roles & Membership

The Mother Lode Workforce Development Board is made up of representatives from business, education, economic development, organized labor, community-based organizations, state agencies and local government. By design, the Board is business led and maintains a business majority.

Primary Roles of the Workforce Development Board

Convener – Bringing together business, labor, education, and economic development to focus on workforce issues and promote strategic alignment.

Workforce Analyst – Developing, disseminating and assisting with the analysis of current labor market and economic information and trends in industry sectors.

Broker– Bringing together community stakeholders to solve common problems; aligning systems and strategies; forging new relationships between business and education.

Community Voice – Articulating the issues for the needs of a skilled workforce. Demonstrating and speaking to the effectiveness of training programs. Capacity Builder.

Investor – Enhancing the region’s ability to meet the workforce needs of local businesses through the alignment of public and private investments of federal, state and local funds.

The Mother Lode Workforce Development Board meets on the third Thursday every quarter (February, May, August and November) from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.


By design, to assure the needs of local businesses are well articulated and addressed, the Workforce Development Board is business led and includes a private sector majority. Private sector members represent the various sectors of the local economy and are appointed by the Mother Lode Board of Directors. Business members have leadership roles within their organizations and are able to articulate the skill needs of the business and their industry sector and business partners. The public sector membership of the Board complies with the requirements of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and includes organizations that are focused on or have an interest in the preparation of the workforce to meet the skills needs of businesses.

Public partners include:

  • WIOA Title I Employment and Training programs

  • Title V Older Americans Act programs

  • Vocational Rehabilitation

  • Post Secondary Vocational Education

  • Adult Education and Literacy

  • HUD Employment and Training

  • State Employment Services

  • Trade Act Adjustment Assistance

  • North American Free Trade Act

  • Veterans Services

  • Community Based Organizations

  • Economic Development Agencies

  • Organized Labor

  • Education

Mother Lode Workforce Development Board is committed to full representation on its board through the active involvement of local decision makers in each of these categories.

WDB Members

Anyone interested in serving on the Workforce Board should contact Dave Thoeny, Executive Director, Mother Lode Job Training/Mother Lode Workforce Development Board.
Submission requests do not guarantee a spot on the board.

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