About Us 

As of July 1, 2015, the Workforce Investment Board will operate under a new name, the Santa Barbara County
Workforce Development Board (WDB)
.  The change is a result of new Federal legislation, the Workforce
Innovation & Opportunities Act (WIOA), which replaces the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. 

The Workforce Development Board of Santa Barbara County (WDB) develops innovative workforce strategies that
help businesses, individuals, and industries achieve and sustain economic vitality across all communities in
Santa Barbara County. 

The WDB provides free services to: 
 

  •    County residents, laid off workers, and businesses through the two Workforce Resource Centers located in
       Santa Barbara at 130 East Ortega Street (805-568-1296) and Santa Maria at 1410 South Broadway
      (805-614-1550
    ).

  •    Eligible youth between the ages of 14- 21 through the Youth Corps program.  This helps young people
       acquire the necessary skills and work experience to successfully transition into adulthood, careers, and
       further education and training.

  •    Businesses located in Santa Barbara County who need assistance growing, training, or downsizing their
       workforce.  

  •    Industries that are key to the economic vitality of the County: Agriculture, Tourism, Wineries,
       Building and Design, Business Support Services, Energy and Environment, Healthcare, and
       Technology and Innovation.

The WDB is a public/private partnership created by the Federal Workforce Investment Act Legislation and is staffed
by the County of Santa Barbara.