About Us

The Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington (WOW) Workforce Development Board is one of Wisconsin’s eleven regional Boards originally established by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) to address local economic workforce issues in Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Washington Counties.  The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) replaced WIA and will be in effect for the next five years (2015 - 2020).  WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy.

The WOW Workforce Development Board works in collaboration with local ecected officials, economic development corportations, businesses, and the community to address macroeconomic workforce issues in the 3-county area. It is committed to finding workforce solutions through long-term planning and timely responses to the changing economy. The WOW Workforce Development Board has selected Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington Workforce Development Inc., a private non-profit corporation, to be the fiscal and administrative agent for the Board's funds and programs.


The WOW Workforce Development Board replaced the WOW Private Industry Council which had been the administrator for the Job Training Partnership Act. The purpose of WIA and the accompanying federal funds is to provide workforce investment activities that increase the employment, retention, earnings and occupational skill attainment by participants, which will improve the quality of the workforce, reduce welfare dependency and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the nation’s economy.


The WOW Workforce Development Board is dedicated to providing the highest quality, most effective, demand-driven workforce development services possible to the residents and businesses of Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Washington Counties, Wisconsin. 


The Workforce Development Board will be recognized as the catalyst for innovative workforce strategies and solutions, providing leadership and vision to advance the economic well-being of the region for employers, employees and job seekers. 

The WOW Workforce Development Board works in collaboration with the Waukesha, Ozaukee and Washington County local elected and appointed officials, economic development corporations, businesses and the community to address macroeconomic workforce issues. 

John Heyer



Laura Catherman



Paul Farrow, Waukesha County Executive

Paul Farrow

County Executive

Waukesha County


Paul Decker


Waukesha County


Lee Schlenvogt


Ozaukee County


Herbert Tennies


Washington County

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