Regional Partnerships

Solano County is part of the North Bay Workforce Region, collectively called the North Bay Employment Connection. Through regional partnerships and initiatives, the WDB can leverage funds and services to make a wider and more powerful impact on the economy and in the community.

NBEC - North Bay Employment Connection

NBEC is a collaborative of the Solano & Sonoma County Workforce Development Boards (WDBs), and newly formed joint powers authority Workforce Alliance of the North Bay (Napa-Lake, Marin & Mendocino WDBs). As a collaborative, NBEC and its core partners are dedicated to supporting businesses in key North Bay industry sectors, and make smart investments for the region’s workforce systems. Over $12 million has been secured in competitive state and federal grants to enhance NBEC’s capacity to serve the employer and jobseeker communities.

SLINGSHOT

The WDB, with five other North Bay workforce boards, was awarded a $1 million SlingShot grant from the California Workforce Development Board (CWDB). SlingShot helps strengthen regional economic prosperity by creating innovative and fundamental changes in how the workforce system engages with industry partners. The WDB supports regional Industry Sector Partnerships (ISPs), high level collaborations between industry representatives and their community support partners focused on meeting the workforce and other competitiveness needs of their industry. These ISPs create highly customized responses targeting the industry’s greatest needs. To date the North Bay WDBs have used their SlingShot grant funding to help launch the Napa-Solano Healthcare Industry Partnership, the Sonoma-Marin Healthcare Industry Partnership, and the Mendocino-Lake Healthcare Industry Partnership.  

CAREER PATHWAYS

The WDB is a proud partner of the Northern California Career Pathway Alliance (NCCPA), a collaborative of the North Bay County Offices of Education, Community Colleges, Workforce Development Boards and local schools and businesses in Lake, Mendocino, Sonoma, Marin, Napa and Solano Counties. The goal of the alliance is to create a regional approach to Career Pathways that will help foster economic and workforce development benefits for students, employers, and the community. NCCPA supports programs that inspire students through high-quality work based learning experiences both in the classroom and in the workplace. 

Locally the Workforce Development Board of Solano County is working closely with the Solano County Office of Education to help more students engage with employers by recruiting new businesses that can provide internships, job shadows, guest speakers, and other Career Pathway activities. Together these agencies are trying to provide the region with the focused, diverse and highly-qualified workforce needed for a vibrant local economy.   

To learn more about our regional projects, contact our planning unit at bhooker@solanowdb.org or at 707-863-3588.