The Eastern Area Workforce Development Board (EAWDB) was formed in 2000 under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998. The EAWDB currently serves twelve counties on the East side of New Mexico. Those counties include Chaves, Curry, De Baca, Eddy, Guadalupe, Harding, Lea, Lincoln, Otero, Quay, Roosevelt, and Union. The EAWDB service area has 45 incorporated communities and dozens of unincorporated villages and encompasses 44,000 square miles with a wide diversity of local business and infrastructure conditions.
The EAWDB vision includes:
- Making job seekers and employers the number one focus.
- Establishing a highly coordinated employment and training system that meets the needs of the job seeker and employer.
- Developing a seamless one-stop delivery system for both the employer and employee.
- Addressing the educational needs and future work skills of all youth.
The vision can be realized by:
- Identifying the employers’ workforce needs and encouraging their involvement in the system.
- Focusing workforce and economic development efforts through a comprehensive strategic plan that provides services to fit the needs of all customers.
- Ensuring that one-stop services are available and accessible throughout the entire Eastern Area.
- Maintaining and improving comprehensive, year-round youth programs in each county.
The EAWDB goal is to identify workforce needs and opportunities and guide the development of training programs and services to meet those needs. It is committed to attracting more businesses, higher wages and employment opportunities through the enhancement and development of partnerships with economic development agencies.
The Board currently oversees WIOA funding that provides individual training for Adult and Youth.